The football world’s stopped spinning, along with pretty much everything else, so Paddy’s been looking back at some spectacular sorties carried out by the great punting public at his expense over the years.
When you add up some of these wily wagers, you’d think Paddy would’ve gotten a bit of cop on over the years. But no.
Just look at this freaky fourfold from the FA Cup first round way, way back in 2007…
Yeah, so, the magic of the cup, we all love it, but it’ll really test your nerve when you’re up against the sharpest punters and results take a turn for the worse.
Take these four results, for instance:
Billericay 1 v 2 Swansea
Accrington Stanley 2 v 3 Huddersfield
Altrincham 1 v 2 Millwall
Barnet 2 v 1 Gillingham
On the face of it, it’s a few goals, the brave souls who turned up in mid-November got their money’s worth and the winners marched on to the second round.
But then, if I told you that each of the sides that won were trailing at half-time you might start to see the full horror that unfolded for Paddy here.
He still has flashbacks about it. It’s like his ‘Nam.
See, one especially sharp punter had Billericay, Accrington, Altrincham and Gillingham all to be leading at half-time and then their opponents all to fightback in the second half and win. That’s a pretty audacious bet – each leg came in at 18/1, 25/1, 18/1 again and a 22/1 shot.
Now, I personally find it hard enough to pick a winner when the odds are in single digits, so throwing four massive odds wins together like this deserves plenty of respect – in fact, it deserves 215,878/1 levels of respect, because those are the odds on that bet.
I’m breaking into a sweat just thinking about it.
And no doubt the bettor responsible was feeling a bit antsy as Huddersfield’s away game at Accrington ticked towards injury time with the scores level – and then Luke Beckett netted in the 89th to steal a win from 2-0 and turn this busted flush into a jackpot prize win.
Fortunately for Paddy, they had just 24p on the bet, otherwise he’d have been trading in his company car for an electric scooter.
That means the winner pocketed £51,810.72 for their efforts in piecing together this wondrous bet.
Talk about the magic of the Cup.