Edinburgh's Greene King pubs to give away free beer to locals - but there's a catch

Greene King are preparing to give away free pints to lucky beer lovers in Edinburgh who can prove their football knowledge.

On Wednesday, May 29, football fans can bag themselves a free drink, but there's a catch - they must name a player that plays, or has played, in the false nine position to claim a free pint of the new False Nine beer.

The offer comes as it was revealed that almost three quarters of the nation have never heard of a false nine - a striker who operates in a deeper role than usual, linking the play with the midfield to the wide areas or helping the team progress up the pitch.

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False Nine will be available in selected pubs specifically for the summer’s sporting occasion, running from May 19 right through to the Euros final on July 14.

Former Arsenal and England forward Alan Smith, now a popular commentator and pundit, has partnered with Greene King to encourage fans into their local pub this summer to put their football lingo to the test and get hold of a free pint.

Alan said: “The modern false nine is quite a tricky position to define so it’s not surprising to hear the nation is a bit confused by what exactly it means. From Messi to Firmino, there’ve been some iconic footballers that have played in this role so it’s great to see a nod to the position with the launch of Greene King’s new False Nine golden ale.

“Whether you’re a die-hard fan or a casual supporter who doesn’t even know what the offside rule is, now’s the time to get behind the nation and cheer them on to glory this summer. And what better way to do it than at the pub with your friends and family – and a refreshing pint of False Nine in hand?

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“So, head to your local Greene King on Wednesday May 19, simply name a false nine player (Messi, Foden, Cruyff, Firmino or Totti) to grab your free drink. Maybe I’ll see you there!"

Will Hemmings, Marketing Director for Brewing & Brands at Greene King, said: “We are delighted to launch our new False Nine beer, in perfect time for this summer’s football. To celebrate the launch, we’re going to be giving away the pint for free for one day only in selected Greene King Pubs, but only to those that can prove their football knowledge by naming a false nine player, including those voted the top five players by our nationwide survey.

“All pub-goers need to do is give the name of a false nine player at the bar when purchasing the drink, then they can claim at no cost at all.

"We’re hoping this will give Brits the taste of False Nine ahead of the big games, meaning punters across the nation can enjoy the drink throughout the tournament as they toast to England and Scotland!”

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To find a participating Greene King pub go to: www.greeneking.co.uk/our-beers/seasonal-range/false-nine/pint-finder

Greene King will be giving away free pints in the Edinburgh pubs below on May 29 -

  • White Hart

  • Merlin

  • Starbank Inn

  • World's End

  • Beehive Inn

  • Doctors

  • Malt Shovel Inn

  • Milnes Bar

  • Albanach

  • Hampton Hotel

  • Corstorphine Inn

  • Shakespeare