Grandfather wins £125,000 as 16-year old Harry plays for Wales
When Pete Edwards saw his 18 month old grandson Harry kicking a ball around the living room he thought he would take a chance and have a bet with William Hill on that early talent taking the boy to international honours.
Pete, now 62, duly visited the branch of Hills he used in the Wrexham area and asked whether he could place a bet on the boy growing up to win a senior international cap for Wales.
He was referred to Hill's Head Office and was quoted odds of 2500/1 about that happening, to his stake of £50.
As Harry grew up his talent flourished. He caught the eye of Manchester United before ending up at Liverpool's Academy at the age of eight.
Unlike the vast majority of talented young children, Harry had the application to go with his ability and flourished at Liverpool, to the extent that Wales' manager Chris Coleman selected the now sixteen year old for the senior team, despite the fact that he has yet to start a first team game for his club!
When Harry came on in the 87th minute of Wales' World Cup qualifying game in Belgium on Tuesday night he was not only winning his first cap - but also £125,000 for his grandfather.
'Mr Edwards has been able to quit his job as a result of his amazing ability to spot fledgling talent earlier than almost anyone else we've ever taken a bet from' said William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe, who accepted the bet on January 17, 2000. 'Apparently, England have also been interested in Harry, who has a grandmother born in Chester. If Roy Hodgson had snapped him up this bet would have been a loser!'
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