It's Lucas Radebeer!

2008-09-05 03:40

Leeds - Leeds United fans can now drink their team to promotion - all thanks to a pint called Radebeer.

A Leeds micro brewery went to the Elland Road club in order to ask its supporters to name their latest ale.

And according to the Yorkshire Evening Post website, more than a thousand went online and did so, with the overwhelming favourite to name the tipple after Leeds and Bafana football legend, Lucas Radebe.

And for every pint supped, 10p will go towards the Leeds United transfer fund.

Michael Brothwell, a director of the Leeds Brewery which makes Radebeer, said: "We are a young company and we had this new beer and wanted to give it a distinctive name.

"We asked ourselves: 'What do people in Leeds associate themselves with the most"' and the answer we came up with was Leeds United.

The club have been absolutely great with us and we've got a licence to use Lucas's name in this country."

Radebeer is on sale

University pals Michael, 24, and Sam Moss, 23, set up the Leeds Brewery in Holbeck and began producing beer last June.

Radebeer is on sale in Billy's Bar at Elland Road and various other pubs throughout Leeds.

Michael added: "Radebeer is a great way to let people know about the Leeds Brewery and what we do and we were only to happy to give 10p per pint to the transfer fund.

If people drink enough of it the club might be to afford Ronaldo," he joked.

A Leeds United spokesman said: "In the online vote Billy's Pride - after Billy Bremner - was a popular name but Lucas came out on top.

It's fitting that it's a modern day hero that the fans have chosen. It's also nice for the club to support a local company."

Lucas Radebe, known to locals in Leeds as The Chief, given his transfer from Kaizer Chiefs Football Club in SA, moved to Leeds in 1994.

The central defender helped the club reach the semi-final of the Champions' League and he eventually retired in 2005 with his legendary status assured.