I miss Tim Gudgin reading the classified scores. He gave a certain dignity to betting when he read out the Pools results.
Think about Tim saying ‘Accrington Stanley v Wycombe Wanderers, no score draw’, then imagine Ray Winstone’s head shouting at you to ‘bet in play naaaah.’
I’m not a big fan of betting. To be honest I’m not very good at it. Once, at Owlerton stadium, I was so fed up of losing I backed four out of five dogs that were racing. The one that I hadn’t backed came in first.
If you were playing the Pools in October you’d perhaps look at Sheffield Wednesday as a score draw specialist. Last season we played four games in October, Brighton, Ipswich, Bolton and Barnsley, all of them ended in a 1-1 draw.
It looks like Wednesday are heading for a similar autumn with consecutive 1-1 draws against Ipswich Town and Leeds United. With Watford, Brentford and Norwich still to come we have some tough games. I wouldn’t be unhappy with draws against Watford and top of the league, Norwich.
Our next opponents Watford are onto their fourth manager of the season following the sacking of Billy McKinlay. McKinlay managed two games in charge over a period of eight days. I wonder what the odds are on new head coach Slavisa Jokanovic lasting until the end of the season? Despite their managerial instability they are currently third in the Championship. Watford are fond of a score draw too. In their last four results three have ended in a stalemate.
So whether you prefer Chris Kamara’s style of football betting or to reminisce about Tim Gudgin, I wouldn’t bet against another draw for Wednesday. If you do take my betting advice just remember my dogs came in last.