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Britain’s bookies hit for £15 million football losses

| 16.11.2015

Britain’s bookies lost over £15 million on football on Saturday as thousands of small staking football punters won big sums of money with nearly all the short price favourites in the League 1 and League 2 fixtures, as well as the International fixtures, winning.

On what is usually one of the quietest weekends of football, Coral alone were hit for over £2.5 million, with over 60 shop customers turning stakes of between 0.25p and £30 into returns of between £2000 and £10,000, the majority doing so by stringing together between 10 and 14 successful predictions to achieve these amazing returns.

Coincidentally Coral’s three biggest winning customers nationwide placed their bets in Middlesex. A customer in Coral’s shop in Pinner Green, Middlesex, won nearly £33k for just a £4 stake on a 13 fold accumulator, and another in Coral’s South Ruislip shop, also in Middlesex won nearly £23k for a £4 on a 14 fold accumulator. A regular in Coral’s shop in Stanwell, Staines, in Middlesex won just over £15k from a £2 stake.

“This is the worst day of trading we have ever had on football over an international break weekend and the worst football results of the season so far. It is literally the last thing a bookie would expect from a supposedly quiet weekend of football betting,” said Simon Clare, Coral Spokesman.

“All the thousands of Coral customers who turned a few pounds into hundreds of even thousands of pounds are the regulars that deserve it most, as they were still placing their bets this Saturday even without the draw of the Premier League. Fair play to them,” added Clare.


There were several Coral customers worthy of specific mention for their achievements:

Customer in Pinner Green, Middlesex placed a £4 accumulator on 13 teams returning £32,737

Customer in South Rusilip, Middlesex placed a £4 accumulator on 14 teams returning £22,914

Customer in Stanwell, Middlesex placed a £2 accumulator on 14 teams returning £17,126

Customer in Hillsborough, Sheffield put a £2 accumulator on 14 teams returning £15,0991

Customer in Stafford, West Midlands placed a £2 accumulator on 14 teams returning £12,586




Simon Clare

Simon Clare joined Coral in 1997 as Racecourse PR representative and was
promoted to Coral PR Director in October 2002. Between 2008 to 2011 Clare
added Trading to his responsibilities in a new role as Coral Trading & PR
Director. In 2011 he relinquished his Trading responsibilities and assumed a
new wider role of PR & Broadcast Director responsible for all Coral Public
Relations activity, CoralTV and Social Media. Clare has extensive broadcast
experience on radio and television commenting on a diverse range of betting events from the obvious - horse racing, football and sport - to the more obscure - politics, reality TV, showbiz and the weather.
Simon Clare is a keen sports fan, still turning out for Carshalton FC on a
Saturday when work allows.