Blues fan makes £4,000 thanks to Rooney

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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.

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