After searching the nation to find the perfect location with its ‘Win the Draw’ competition, the EFL have announced that the Sky cameras will ‘roll on’ to Potton Bowls Club in Sandy, Bedfordshire, for the Carabao Cup Round Four draw on Wednesday, 22 September. Former Premier League winner and Sky Sports pundit Micah Richards, and football legend Harry Redknapp, will ‘hit the road Jack’, pulling on their whites for the draw, live on Sky Sports Football, after the completion of Manchester United v West Ham in Round Three. Brentford will be seeking to secure their place in the draw on Tuesday, 21 September, when they host Oldham Athletic.
The winner is 58-year-old Arsenal fan Gary Gunn, who happens to be among the youngest members of the bowls club. The club itself was formed in 1917 and has been at its current rural location for 22 years. Today, the club has more than 70 members, including devoted football fans, although their allegiances may vary!
Speaking on his big win, Gary Gunn, member of Potton Bowls Club said: “It’s not often things like this happen in Potton, it’s a small market town and our bowls club is at the heart of the community. Bowls has something for everybody, we have top players, young players, but we also have people who just enjoy the social aspect of it. We’re excited already at the prospect of hosting the Carabao Cup draw, and we know the whole town is going to be smiling from ear to ear when the cameras arrive.”
Supporters up and down the country had the chance to host the Carabao Cup Round Four draw at a location of their choice as a way of the competition giving a little something back to the fans who were sorely missed last season. Within his online entry, Gary said it would be a ‘feather in their cap to host the legend that is Harry Redknapp’.
Asked whether he was looking to recruit Harry to become a fully-fledged member of the club, Gary said: “We’ll definitely give him a game, and we’re probably going to have to give him honorary membership on the night! He’s such a character and everything he’s achieved in his career is unbelievable, some of our members are even old enough to have seen him play, and as a manager I’d put him up there with Arsene Wenger!”
John Luck, CMO of Carabao UK&I, added: “We couldn’t be happier for Gary and the rest of Potton bowls club to have won the chance to host our next draw. Sports clubs like these are so important in bringing communities together and we can’t wait to see the action unfold in Potton next Wednesday.”
It’s not just Harry and Micah who will be in attendance, TV personality and recent EFL footballer, Mark Wright, will also be live at the draw, bringing fans all the exclusive action from behind the scenes with Harry and Micah throughout the evening. Having extended its title sponsorship until 2024, Thai energy drink brand, the Carabao Cup is once again building on its reputation of doing things a little differently when it comes to Carabao Cup draws. With Manchester City looking to retain the Carabao Cup for a fifth year in a row, all eyes will be on Wembley in February 2022 for the first competitive Cup competition final of the season.
Tickets for Brentford v Oldham on Tuesday night are on General Sale. The Bees are seeking a place in the Fourth Round for only the fourth time ever. One of those trips to the last 16 was last season when Brentford made it to the Semi-Final. Full ticket information can be seen here.