I’M off to Old Trafford tonight…and can’t wait for one of the nation’s sporting highlights.
The Betfred Super League Grand Final between Wigan and Warrington will be an absolute humdinger.
I have been involved in virtually all sports throughout my working life, yet have never come across such a great bunch of people who administer and play rugby league.
Sponsoring Super League is one of the best deals I have ever signed up to.
I was at the Steve Prescott Man of Steel awards won by Saints’ Ben Barba earlier this week and was struck by the camaraderie amongst the players.
Friendships will be forgotten, however, at 6pm when the spectacular finale to what has been a tremendous season kicks off.
I notice the Wire chairman Stuart Middleton is on record saying he didn’t expect Steve Price’s well-marshalled team to beat St Helens in the semi-final for Saints finished 15 points ahead of fourth-place Warrington in the table.
But that is sport – and as coach, Price will no doubt be reminding his underdog team that high-profile, winner-takes-all games are great levellers.
Betting has been going through the roof with a record amount of well over half a million pounds staked at Betfred on this single clash.
The biggest pay-out of £50,000 on a Wigan win would go to one of our customers in Scotland who back in August had a double that tennis ace Novak Djokovic would win the US Open AND the Warriors would win the Grand Final.
Wigan fans are the most confident for tonight, making their team big 4/7 favourites to lift the trophy with talisman Sam Tomkins marking his last game in the Cherry and White 7/1 to be man of the match.
His team-mate John Bateman, who is off to Australian club Canberra Raiders next season, is an 8/1 shot to pick up the honour with Wire’s Stefan Ratchford 10/1 to be man of the match.