Follow us on...
Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Facebook Watch us on YouTube
Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. #1
    Forum Frontman It's Mike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
    Favorite VH Album

    like them all, no favourite
    Last Online

    10.27.16 @ 04:03 AM
    Liked 3,917 Times in 2,303 Posts

    Default Coolest Bet Winner Ever

    now this is a cool story:

    A grandfather is to net 125,000 after he placed a 50 bet on his grandson playing football for Wales - when he was 18 months old.

    Sixteen-year-old Harry Wilson made his international debut on Tuesday as a substitute against Belgium, becoming Wales' youngest ever senior player.

    His grandfather Peter Edwards, 62, was quoted odds of 2,500/1 when he placed the bet with a bookmaker in Wrexham.

    He is now set to retire a year earlier than originally planned.

    Wrexham-born Wilson came on in the 87th minute during Wales' 1-1 draw.

    There had been speculation that England were ready to try to persuade Wilson to switch international allegiance, but he opted for Wales.

    Mr Edwards explained how he felt when Wilson made his appearance.

    "I was shattered because I had to wait for 85, 86 minutes before he came on and I was panicking because they'd already substituted twice, so I thought he wasn't going to make it," he said.

    "But when he came on I had another glass of wine. (I was) a proud granddad first for sure.

    "I told my wife at half-time that my pulse was 106 - I didn't know whether that was good or bad."

    Mr Edwards said Wilson had showed an interest in football from a young age.

    Peter Edwards was quoted odds of 2,500/1 when he placed the bet "When he was about 18 months old he used to chase a ball around on the carpet before he could walk," Mr Edwards said.

    "I went into William Hill in Wrexham and asked them how I go about it. I had no idea how to do it and the manageress put me in touch with London."

    Electrical contractor Mr Edwards, of Corwen, Denbighshire, works away from home most of the year, spending one weekend a fortnight with wife Dorothy, 58.

    "She is over the moon. I retired immediately. I told my manager yesterday that if Harry plays I wouldn't be coming back," said Mr Edwards.

    "I've retired one year early. I have come home now and will not be going back. Not bad for a daft bet."

    He said after Harry enrolled in the Liverpool FC academy his skills quickly developed and he returned to William Hill in the hope of placing a second bet.

    "Harry was about 12 then. But they turned me down and said I already had a substantial bet with them. But they threw in England as a gesture of goodwill," he added.

  2. #2
    Atomic Punk dibblekins's Avatar
    Join Date
    North Wales, United Kingdom
    Favorite VH Album

    Love 'em all! (esp. F.U.C.K)
    Favorite VH Song

    The Dream Is Over
    Last Online

    10.26.16 @ 07:07 AM
    Liked 1,196 Times in 824 Posts

    Premium Member


    Saw this on the local news last night...It's fab, isn't it? Mind you, with a country the size of Wales, I'd imagine that it's relatively good odds that ANY male child might play for the national football team at some point!

    No, I'm just kidding - it's a great achievement for the grandson - with a nice additional bonus for the grand-dad. Bravo to them both!
    I'm FEMALE...Deal with it!

    "Whatever you do, wherever you go, there you are..." Edward Van Halen 1986

    "You spend the first part of your life trying to make your mark, and the second part just trying to cover up your tracks"... Weesfreewheelin, 2012

    "Life's too short to stuff a mushroom"... Shirley Conran, 1975

    "You turn if you want to...The LADY is NOT for turning!"...Margaret
    Thatcher, 1980



Similar Threads

  1. What I find to be the coolest...
    By da3411 in forum Main VH Discussion
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 01.07.12, 11:57 AM
  2. Who had the coolest Guitars???
    By dtuner317 in forum Guitar Room
    Replies: 25
    Last Post: 08.04.09, 06:57 AM
  3. This is the coolest
    By Mean_Street in forum VH Fans Meeting Place (Non-Music)
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 03.12.02, 03:38 PM
  4. Coolest Bootleg name?
    By KenyonVincent in forum Bootleg Network
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 03.10.01, 09:27 AM
  5. Dave at his coolest....
    By bizzatch in forum Main VH Discussion
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 08.18.00, 05:09 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts