Old bet pays for couple’s honey-Roon
AS a City fan, Wayne Rooney has never been Jordon Fawcett’s favourite player – but the England star’s transfer has now paid for his honeymoon.
Seven years ago, Jordon decided to place his first ever bet. At the time, Rooney had put in a transfer request to Sir Alex Ferguson and speculation was rife that he would join arch rivals Manchester City.
In 2010, the bookies’ odds were 11-8 that Wayne would switch to the Blues, 5-2 Chelsea, 3-1 Real Madrid, and 20-1 AC Milan or Inter Milan. The outside bet at 100-1 was that he would return to his boyhood club, Everton.
Jordon decided to have a flutter and put £20 on Wayne to go back to the Toffees – but then lost his betting slip. But he was able to prove he had placed a bet by providing an example of his handwriting and has won £2,000, which will go on his honeymoon to Majorca.
Father-of-two Jordon, 33, a roofer, said: “I was on a roof working with my uncle, talking football. I decided to put a bet on to wind up Reds fans.
“At the time, the talk was all about Wayne joining City or Barcelona. I never thought he would join City.”
He placed a bet at BetFred in Hyde and put the slip in a keepsakes box at his mother’s home in Hattersley, but it later disappeared.
“I turned the house upside down to find the slip when Wayne did move to Everton,” said Jordon.
“My brother was laughing but I wasn’t – it was a lot of money! It was my first ever bet, so I remembered it clearly.”
Jordon went the bookies where staff checked his handwriting and he provided proof of his identity – and they paid out.
Jordon will now spend the money on his honeymoon after he and partner, Roxanne Partovnia, get married.
“We originally could not to afford a honeymoon, with the cost of the reception. Now with this £2,000 we are probably going to Majorca with our two children. I am over the moon. I wanted to spend the money on new tools, but there is no chance of that with Roxanne – and we will have a great time.”
BetFred owner Fred Done said: “It’s amazing that a Red legend like Wayne Rooney going back to his boyhood club is paying for the honeymoon of a loyal City fan.
“Jordon is one of only 19 people in the country who put a bet on Rooney going to Everton at 100-1.”
Wayne sealed his move from Manchester United to Everton after 13 years at Old Trafford.
Jordon Fawcett and partner Roxanne Partovnia and, below right, his winning cheque and Rooney at Everton