Match Bingo: Norwich City fans gifted a game of football bingo

Published:
06:00 30 April 2022



Take home £1,000 cash with a brand new bingo game exclusively offered at evening newspaper readers.

The first of its kind, Match Bingo sees football fans make their pre-kickoff predictions in an app-based bingo card.

The contestants’ guesses are then stamped onto a game card as the live match unfolds.


The new Match Bingo app with its creator Will Buckley. Byline: Sonya Duncan

And ahead of the Canaries clash with Aston Villa this weekend, players are being offered a FREE tryout and a £1,000 cash prize at the end of the season.

Each bingo participant will be offered five free game cards via a link exclusively available on the Evening News + app.

Will Buckley, founder and managing director of Norwich-based Match Bingo, came up with the idea while listening to football on the radio.


The new Match Bingo app with its creator Will Buckley.  Byline: Sonya Duncan

The new Match Bingo app with its creator Will Buckley. Byline: Sonya Duncan
– Credit: Sonya Duncan

He explained: “All I could hear was things like: ‘Corner to city’, ‘Goal kick to United’, ‘Goal to city’.

“All of these events happened in random order – which is fundamental to the game of bingo.

“People also carry phones all the time that conveniently have the right shape for bingo sheets.”


The new Match Bingo app with its creator Will Buckley.  Byline: Sonya Duncan

The new Match Bingo app with its creator Will Buckley. Byline: Sonya Duncan
– Credit: Sonya Duncan

Players who download the app for Norwich City vs Aston Villa this weekend will find a three by five bingo card.

Each line includes two events – such as a penalty – which are triggered by each club.

Another neutral bet – like a red card – can be triggered by either team.


The new Match Bingo app with its creator Will Buckley.  Byline: Sonya Duncan

The new Match Bingo app with its creator Will Buckley. Byline: Sonya Duncan
– Credit: Sonya Duncan

All events on the bingo card are tied to the team rather than specific players so people who know the ins and outs of the beautiful game can still enjoy the fun.

Will added: “For each game players can win £10, £20 or £50 depending on the lines cleared.

“However, throughout the season we will have a leaderboard for who got the fastest full house and the winner at the end of the season will take home £1,000.


The new Match Bingo app with its creator Will Buckley.  Byline: Sonya Duncan

The new Match Bingo app with its creator Will Buckley. Byline: Sonya Duncan
– Credit: Sonya Duncan

“The more people who play, the more likely someone is to win.”

Bingo cards cost £1 each, with players able to purchase a maximum of five, and a significant portion of the proceeds are donated to the East Anglia Air Ambulance charity.

Terms and conditions apply.

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