The 40-year-old, who works as a painter and decorator in the northern market town, was just one result away from a clean sweep when Sevilla took to the field against Real Madrid on Sunday evening. Madrid, who were riding high on the back of a run of 40 games without defeat, were 1-0 up with five minutes of the game remaining, only for the Andalusian outfit to fight back with two late goals to win the game.
The lifelong Manchester United fan had been keeping track of the weekend’s results and was buoyed by the fact that bitter rivals Manchester City had been beaten 4-0 by Everton. However, Stephen headed to bed that night completely unaware of his amazing achievement after failing to check results from Italy and Spain. It wasn’t until the following day that he realised what had happened: “I went into Betfred on Monday morning and realised all my nine games in the accumulator were right. This is by far my biggest win.”
Stephen, who placed the bet while visiting his girlfriend in Southport, credits his success to a well-informed pensioner he had met in a Betfred branch in his home town: “This fella, I remember he was wearing a flat cap and had a walking stick, he took the time to talk to me about accumulators and how it’s best to put on a small stake and look out for drawn matches because they are the hardest to predict and therefore have the more attractive odds,” the fortuitous football fan told the Lancashire Post. “If I see him again I will be giving him a back-hander, I’m so grateful.”
The lucky Lancastrian even received praise from Betfred’s founder, Fred Done: “This is what we’re all about...big winners from tiny stakes and I’ll tell you what, Stephen can borrow my United ticket for an Old Trafford game this season. I’m chuffed to bits for Stephen – and I hope he tracks down the old boy who gave him that little bit of inside knowledge. Stephen’s win is a tremendous achievement so big congratulations to a fellow red.”
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