Paddy’s Hall of Fame: Giant 23-leg acca wins £56,000 from Euro qualifiers

International football, eh? It's all tiny prices for mismatched games and nobody is all that interested. Unless you can put 20-odd winners together


Football’s taken a break for something that really matters, so Paddy’s been looking back at some of the most humbling hauls the intrepid soccer bettors have taken him for over the years.

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While we’ve seen a few very shrewd punts at eye-popping prices combine for massive wins in the first three entries in our top ten, number seven is from the ‘Absolutely Mad Number Of Random Games Put Together In One Acca’ genre of bets.

Ever think that 23rd team is one too many in your weekend wager? At number seven in our top ten is an example of why that’s not necessarily the case…

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Plenty of people these days dread the international break. Players aren’t all that bothered, games are largely predictable, and everyone really just wants to see Man United lurch from one crisis to another, so what’s the point in these interruptions to the football calendar?

Well, Paddy’s always said, when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. And, fingers-crossed, something to mix it with.

For the purposes of this piece, let the lemons be international football drudgery from November 2019, and the lemonade be a 23-leg winning football acca that paid out on odds of over 10,000/1.

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Yes, you read that right. One punter pulled of the mammoth task of picking 23 correct results during the last international break of 2019, sticking a fiver on a mind-boggling array of fixtures, and coming out with £56.283 on the other side of it.

Now, if you’re planning to put 23 bets together, you’re not going to want too many 20/1 shots in there.

This punter was brave enough punter to back Scotland to beat Cyprus away at 6/4, which feels like a double-digit punt the way things have gone for the Tartan Army recently.

Fortunately, John McGinn nipped in to score a crucial goal and win the game 2-1 – as well as delivering for this plucky punter.

In fact, odds-wise, the Scottish bet was the second-riskiest punt of all 23 legs, as this savvy sort hovered up the short-priced favourites that usually make putting together a decent international football bet a testing ordeal for even the most dedicated price-watcher.

The Kazakhs triumphed over little San Marino, Spain saw off Malta and Norway said ‘no way’ to the Faroe Islanders, all predictable enough results, while Italy and Belgium each came through as even money shots against Bosnia and Russia, and helping things to multiply at a slightly swifter pace.

The crucial winner came with Sweden beating Romania away, 2-0, which clicked at a, err, whopping 8/5.

Steady on there, pal, or you’ll be backing 15 draws on a Saturday before you know it.

It all meant that the final punt added up to 11,255/1 – and the fiver stake returned £56,283!

Most importantly of all, it also secured the seventh spot in Paddy’s football betting Hall of Fame.

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