London: A man won £125,000 pounds on a bet placed almost 14 years ago that his grandson would play soccer for Wales.
In January 2000, Pete Edwards wagered £50 at odds of 2500-1 that his grandson, then two years old, would represent his country. His gamble paid off when Harry Wilson, now 16, came on as a substitute in Wales’s World Cup qualifier against Belgium on Tuesday.
Wilson, a Liverpool academy player, came on in the 87th minute of Wales’s 1-1 draw in Brussels. In doing so he become the nation’s youngest-ever international soccer player, beating a record previously held by Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale.
“We have taken thousands of bets like these,” said Graham Sharpe, spokesman for bookmaker William Hill, which took the wager.
“We rarely have to pay out on them,” he added in a telephone interview.
William Hill paid out £10,000 on a similar bet placed by the father of Chris Kirkland when the goalkeeper made his England soccer debut in 2006, Mr Sharpe said.