A lucky Doncaster football fan has scooped winnings of just under £3,000 after betting on underdog teams to win in an FA Cup tie.
Plumber James Howe placed £10 on his selections – the two biggest shocks on Saturday, a day of FA Cup shocks, landing himself nearly £3,000 in the process.
The 24-year-old was given incredibly long odds of 285/1 when he bet on Middlesbrough to win against Manchester City, and for Bradford City to beat Chelsea in Saturday’s FA Cup tie.
“I had another accumulator with Manchester City and Chelsea in it.
“But after watching Cambridge United bag themselves a draw against my side, Manchester United, I thought I would have to have a cheeky tenner on the other two underdogs,” said James, of Newark Road, Rossington.
He continued: “I’m glad I did!”
James said he was at a friend’s house as the Premier League titans were sent crashing out of this year’s FA Cup.
He said: “When I saw Chelsea were beating Bradford 2-0 I didn’t think I had any shot of winning, so I turned over and forgot about it.
“But then a friend text me saying they had equalised, which was just unbelievable!
“And then when Middlesbrough won as well – I couldn’t believe it! I bet every week, but I don’t usually even think about putting something on with odds like that.
“I had a pretty good night on Saturday to celebrate and bought a few people drinks!”
James said he plans to ‘treat himself’ with his £2,850 winnings and is looking to buy a new car.
He was not the only punter who won big by backing the underdogs as another mystery punter from Blackpool also managed to net himself £2,860 after staking £10 on the two outsiders.
William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly said of the shock victories: “It was a day of shocks which often leaves punters cursing their luck.
“However, we have managed to find a couple of punters who still believe in the magic of the Cup and won big by backing the underdogs.”
Bradford were 200-1 with Coral and Ladbrokes as they fell 2-0 behind to Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea before amazingly winning 4-2 while Middlesbrough shocked Premier League champions Manchester City 2-0 at the Etihad.
Mr Crilly said: “Saturday has seen some of the most unlikely results in the history of the FA Cup.
“It is absolutely astonishing.”