Wednesday 14 August 2013

Pies and Football - They think it's all over... it is now!

Best Football Pie: A review of pies and football - a match made in heaven!

With the English Football Association clebrating 150 years (and Pierate celebrating over 200 pies reviewed), we thought there was no better association in football than with the good old pie! So to celebrate the FA's historic England v Scotland football fixture and with the Premier League football season about to kick off, we thought we'd take a trip down memory lane to remind ourselves of some of those top football pies (and a few to avoid as well!)

After all, what else do you want to warm your hands and heart during half-time of a mid-winter football league battle than a meat pie? Or any other football match, for that matter! Pies are the staple of a football half-time.

Pukka Pie at Half Time
A Pukka Pie at the last match at Underhill (Barnet FC v Wycombe Wanderers)
And where else can you start than the definition of half time pies - Pukka Pies. Celebrating 50 Pukka years this year, if 100 people were surveyed on "Name a pie brand you eat at the footie", there would only be one winner. Pukka Pies hit the back of the net every time! They don't break the bank and can be seemingly found in and around most grounds up and down the country, so it's a great effort from all the lads in the Pukka marketing department!

But there are plenty of other football pies out there, as our leader board shows, so why not take a look at them? They include the top ranked (making our top 5!) football pies from down at Piebury Corner in London, which not only sell on match days but also have their own pie deli on Holloway Road and Potts' Pies, which football pie expert and author of "92 pies" Mr Tom Dickinson highly recommends, alongside the award winning pies currently sold at Morecambe FC's ground!

The full football pie leader board to date is as follows and all can be found in our full pie rankings:

1) Piebury Corner Pies - a wide range of football star flavours - 5.15/7 to 6.5/7
2) Morecambe FC Pies - a wide range of top meaty flavours sold at Morecambe FC - from 5.86/7 to 6.34/7
3) Potts' Pie - previously sold at Morecombe FC and no.1 football ground pie according to Tom Dickinson (football pie expert and author) - 5.9/7
4) Peter's Steak Pie - eaten at the Olympics footie - 5.75/7
5) Peter's Premier Steak and Fuller's Pie - 5.2/7
6) Shire Steak and Kidney Pie - 5/7
7) Pukka Pies All Steak - 4.6/7
8) Westside Heritage Steak Pie - just couldn't keep up! - 1.25/7
9) Firkin's Steak and Ale Pie - definitely relegation material! - 1/7

And who can forget these footie related pie news items?

The BBC ran a very interesting article about the true cost of your footie pie - handily summarised in the Half time pie graphic. Or how about Gillingham FC have a pie shaped heart! - showing the only way you can really commend the visiting away fans! Or reminiscing about Portsmouth's financial misfortunes in Pukka Pies await £40 from football club - one of the most bizzare football payments to get in debt over!

Whatever you do this coming football season, don't forget your HALF TIME PIE!


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