Sheffield fans’ bet gets shirty

Kevin Palmer lost a bet against chip shop owner Rob Pearce and now has to wear a Sheffield Weds shirt while peeling potatoes at Rob's chip shop
Kevin Palmer lost a bet against chip shop owner Rob Pearce and now has to wear a Sheffield Weds shirt while peeling potatoes at Rob's chip shop
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It is bad enough peeling spuds – but peeling them while wearing the shirt of your biggest rivals from across Sheffield is tougher still.

But that is what happened to Sheffield United fan Kevin Palmer after he lost a bet with his Wednesday-supporting friend Rob Pearce who owns a chip shop in the city.

The pair’s bet was the Owls would go down and the Blades be promoted.

If Wednesday went down Rob – owner of Rob’s chippy in Greenhill – would wear a red and white shirt for a day while frying chips.

And if United failed to gain promotion, then property developer Kevin, aged 50, would wear an Owls shirt while he peeled spuds at the chippy for a day.

And that is what happened – much to Kevin’s disgust.

He said: “Peeling spuds has never been my favourite thing to do, but wearing a Wednesday shirt made it far worse.

“I couldn’t even stand to feel it on my skin so I wore my United shirt underneath.”

Rob, aged 54, said the two had already agreed on another bet, but the lads have yet to decide what fate will befall the loser.

Rob said: “We’ve decided that whichever team scores the most goals next season would be the winner, but we haven’t come up with a forfeit yet – if anyone has any suggestions I’d like to hear them.”