Old bet pays for cou­ple’s honey-Roon

Glossop Advertiser - - News - Neal Keel­ing

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

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