Neil is the £10,000 man for Banbridge Rangers

Neil Clydesdale took a top award in the Budweiser Dream Goal competition. INBL1616-262PB
Neil Clydesdale took a top award in the Budweiser Dream Goal competition. INBL1616-262PB

Banbridge Rangers are quids in thanks to Neil Clydesdale.

The midfielder lashed home a stunning free-kick at Crewe United in April - and it proved a rather lucrative goal.

It was enough to earn the club £10,000, providing Neil chooses them of course.

Neil’s goal was named runner-up in the Budweiser Dream Goal competition, earning Neil a remarkable £10,000 grant to support a non-league football club of his choice. See Neil’s goal on the Budweiser website here.

On the pitch, the goal didn’t seem like it was going to be all that valuable as the Gers went on to lose 2-1 to a second half double-salvo from the hosts.

Little did they know, the screamer would earn them big money.

Neil narrowly missed out on having his goal analysed on national television by Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher, Jamie Redknapp and Ed Chamberlin.

That honour, along with a £50,000 grant, was won by South Shields striker Warren Byrne.

His goal was a dramatic flick over his head followed by a volley that dipped into the bottom corner and also earned him a slot on Sky Sports’ Soccer AM, where his strike was compared favourably to Dele Alli’s incredibly volley against Crystal Palace.

Laura Salway, Senior Brand Manager at Budweiser, says of the campaign: “Budweiser Dream Goal got off to a flying start when we launched it last year, but this year has been even bigger and better. We’ve had even more goals submitted, more people getting behind the competition and - of course - our amazing new prize fund to support the amateur clubs of our winners and runners up via Budweiser Club Futures.

“Budweiser is a huge supporter of British football – from grassroots to glory – and we’re delighted that we have given Warren, and a number of other contenders, the chance to see their incredible goals celebrated how they deserve to be – on a national stage. Massive congratulations to Warren on being crowned this year’s Dream Goal winner!”

Back at Rangers, the money will be a welcome boost.

The club are due to complete their Mid-Ulster Intermediate A season this week with a trip to Lower Maze tonight and a home game against Fivemiletown United on Thursday (both games kick-off at 7.30pm).

When Clydesdale turns up, the £10,000 man is sure to receive a hero’s welcome.