Blues fan makes £4,000 thanks to Rooney
ASECOND Manchester City fan is celebrating after hitting the jackpot thanks to a player he loved to hate – Wayne Rooney.
The star’s recent transfer from United to Everton paid for the honeymoon of Blue Jordon Fawcett.
Seven years ago he placed a £20 bet at 100-1 that Rooney’s next club would be the Toffees – despite speculation he would join City.
His flutter landed him £2,000, which is paying for his and partner Roxanne Partovnia’s honeymoon in Majorca.
But his workmate has done even better.
On the same day in October 2010 that Jordon, from Hyde, had a bet, his friend and fellow roofer, Craig Verlin, also had a flutter. He, too, put on £20 that Rooney would join Everton – but later in the day he returned to the bookies and placed another £20 bet.
Just like Jordon, he lost his betting slip. But after checking their records and asking Craig to provide an example of his handwriting, BetFred bookies have paid out £4,000.
Craig, 35, a father of three, lost both of his bet- ting slips after moving house. But I remembered the day – it was the day I helped Jordon put a bet on. I didn’t think Rooney was good enough for Real Madrid, or Barcelona, or City, and that one day he would end up back at Everton.
“I’ve just moved from Newton in Hyde to Gee Cross – we have gone posh – so the money will go on sofas, lighting and other alterations and improvements to our home. I’d love to take the family on holiday but we have too much to pay for this move. I’m thinking of putting £500 on City to win the Champions League, which is 12-1.” It is the second big win for Craig. Last year he won £22,000 with a Yankee accumulator bet at Cheltenham Races.
BetFred owner Fred Done said: “I can’t believe it. These two City fans will have to admit Wayne Rooney is their favourite player because he is winning them so much money. We had 19 bets throughout the country that Rooney would join Everton, and these two have taken me to the cleaners.”
The other bets on Rooney returning to Goodison Park were 10 at £2 bets and six at £1.
Wayne Rooney, and, left, Jordon Fawcett and Roxanne
Both Jordon and Craig had a bet at their BetFred in Hyde.