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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.

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