Football By Rupert Adams

Gareth Southgate Delivers £17,000 To Lewis Cook’s Grandfather

Gareth Southgate Delivers £17,000 To Lewis Cook’s Grandfather


Bookies William Hill took a  £17,000 hit this evening after Lewis Cook got a run out for England.     


Lewis’ grandfather, Trevor Burlingham, placed a £500 wager that his grandson would win a senior England cap before his 26th birthday just as he was breaking into the Leeds United first team as an 18 year old back in 2014.


“We had a sneaky feeling that Gareth Southgate would give Lewis Cook the nod and he has cost us a decent sum,” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams. “That said Lewis is a fantastic footballer and if he had not played tonight I am sure it would just have been delaying the inevitable payout.”


Notes For Editors:  


When offered 33/1, Trevor staked £500 on that outcome in his local William Hill shop in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire.


Other such tales of success at William Hill


  • Eddie Kirkland scooping £10,000 on his son Chris winning an England cap with a bet of £100 at 100/1, placed when Chris was 12 years old.
  • Peter Edwards winning £125,000 when his grandson Harry Wilson made his Wales debut in 2013 at the age of just 16/ Peter had wagered £50 at 2,500/1 that his son would play for Wales when he was just 18 months old.
  • The father of Ryan Tunnicliffe, currently at Millwall, placed a £100 bet at 100/1 that his then, nine-year-old son, would make a first team appearance for Manchester United, which he did in 2012. His father won £10,000.