is a new national cup competition for football fans, sponsored by Nationwide. The aim is to find each club's and then the country's most knowledgeable fan.
Round 1 entry lines are open from Saturday 23rd August to Monday 15th September.
The competition starts with quite easy questions and then runs in knockout stages all the way through to the grand FootballMind
Final on May 8th 2004.
Every fan that reaches Round 3 gets to compete on network radio - on the Nationwide Matchday Programme which is broadcast every Saturday afternoon on the Capital Gold Network and Century Radio Network - presented by Marcus Buckland.
All football fans are invited to enter Round 1 - just call 09065 541 442 or text 'play' space 'club name' to 83222 (eg PLAY CREWE) or go to www.footballmind.co.uk
(If you know how old Wayne Rooney is; what number Beckham's wearing at Real Madrid and the number of clubs in the Premiership then you'll find Round 1 a doddle…and be on your way into Round 2.)
Entry costs:- to cover the administration costs of each individual entrant, round 1 entry via text costs £3, via phone £3 (average), via footballmind.co.uk £2.00. (Less than a pint and a packet of crisps at your local!)
questions get a little bit harder each round and are designed to test real football knowledge. So, for example, if you know that it was to West Ham that Kidderminster Harriers lost to in the 1993/94 FA fifth round, then you could be the sort to go all the way to the final and even be crowned FootballMind
Running once a week, for the duration of the radio stages of FootballMind
, FootballMind HomePlay questions will be available to play through the internet, SMS and phone. At various stages throughout the competition the best HomePlay scorers will win wild card places through to the 3rd, 4th and 5th rounds of the main competition.
Every one of the 92 'club champions' (all Round 3 qualifiers) each win their chosen club's replica shirt.
Cup will be awarded in May 2004 to the national FootballMind
Champion. (He or she will also receive tickets to watch the England squad train and an exclusive pair of FA Cup final tickets)
Here's how the FootballMind
Entry lines open Sat 23rd August to Mon 15th September.
Four week initial entry period when you can enter three ways:-
On the FootballMind
SMS - text 'Play' followed by a space then your club name to 83222
Telephone 09065 541 442
You will be asked three quite easy questions and if you score well, you will be given a unique code number, which gives you access into Round 2.
Internet entry costs £2.00. SMS entry £2.50. Phone entry around £3.00.
Entry lines open Sat 20th September to Sat 4th October.
Have your unique code at hand and enter by calling 09065 541 442 between September 20th and October 4th. There is no SMS or Internet entry for Round 2. You will be asked a 'Fastest FootballMind
First' question which will separate the very best FootballMinds
from the rest, and produce the 92 FootballMind
Club Champions who go on to the radio stages for Round 3. Calls will cost no more than £1.50 for round 2.
Radio Shows run from Sat 11th Oct to Sat 17th Jan.
Round 3 is hosted every Saturday 12pm to 2pm on the Nationwide Matchday Programme, on the Capital Radio Group stations, by Marcus Buckland.
Three contestants per show; a specialist subject round; and a general knowledge round.
Radio Shows run from Sat 24th January to Sat 20th March.
The next stage of the competition and the questions are getting tougher.
The Quarter Finals.
Sat 27th March to Sat 17th April.
The quarter finals and onwards will feature only two contestants per show.
The Semi Finals.
Sat 24th April and Sat May 1st.
The last four compete.
The Grand Final
. Saturday 8th May.
The last day of the Premiership sees The Nationwide FootballMind
Champion 2004 crowned.
More information:- FootballMind
is sponsored by the Nationwide Building Society who also sponsor the FA Cup and the England team. FootballMind
is managed and owned by 86 Developments, a division of 86 Ltd.
For more information go to www.footballmind.co.uk
Reema Babakhan and Craig Morrison at 86PR
TELEPHONE. 020 7229 1958