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Dine with a manager at Wembley thanks to Papa Johns and Football Manager

27 January 2023

Club News

Dine with a manager at Wembley thanks to Papa Johns and Football Manager

27 January 2023

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As official partners of the EFL, popular pizza delivery chain Papa Johns has teamed up with Football Manager to launch a new ‘FM23 Papa Johns Trophy Challenge’ offering fans the chance to gain access to a one-of-a-kind VIP experience at Wembley this year.

Fancy yourself as the gaffer at Grimsby? Or the boss at Burton? Think you’ve got what it takes to lead Pompey to the promised land? No matter if you support Manchester City or Morecambe, WIN the Papa Johns Trophy within the game to complete the challenge and unlock a moped-load of opportunities.

The reward for a lucky number of fans that are successful in the PJT Challenge will be the chance to enjoy an access-all-areas Wembley stadium tour and dine with a professional football manager at the Papa Johns Trophy Final.

Not only that, fans of the winning team could even be in with a chance of delivering the trophy to the winning captain in the Royal Box at the showpiece final on 2nd April, an honour that money can’t buy.


That’s not all, qualifying fans will also be in for a chance of winning a load of tasty prizes throughout the competition, with tickets to the Papa Johns Trophy Final, a year’s supply of pizza and FMFC home shirts up for grabs between now and mid-March. 

UK-based FM players simply need to lead an existing Sky Bet League One or Sky Bet League Two team to Papa Johns Trophy glory in FM23 before 17:00 GMT on Friday, March 17th to enter. All entrants must be members of FMFC the Football Manager exclusive members club.

Richard Trafford, Sports Interactive’s Head of Business Development and Partnerships, said: “Everyone at Sports Interactive is thrilled to announce the inaugural partnership between the studio, the English Football League and Papa Johns for the 2022/23 Papa Johns Trophy. After an enthralling final last April that saw Rotherham United claim the trophy for the second time, we now know the semi-finalists in the competition.

“The opportunity to present the trophy to the winning captain in Wembley’s Royal Box is the definition of a ‘once in a lifetime’ prize and we can’t wait to see how people engage with the Challenge.

“We had more than 80,000 players win the Papa Johns Trophy in FM22 and we’re looking forward to seeing many more do so this year with such a great opportunity on offer for one lucky FMFC member.”

Speaking on the challenge, Rebecca Rose, Marketing Director at Papa Johns UK said: “We’re hugely passionate about using our sponsorship of one of the UK’s biggest football trophies to give back to fans. That’s why we’re giving Football Manager players the chance to quite literally ‘get their hands on’ the Papa Johns Trophy, handing it over to the winning captain at Wembley in April.”

“We’re also extremely excited to offer winners the chance to dine with a pro manager, at the Papa Johns Trophy Final game – a true money can’t buy experience for fans.”

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