Saturday 10 December 2016

One Irish Leicester fan is very happy this morning after bagging a €30k pay-day

Published 03/05/2016 | 02:30

Brian Mason (centre) with Leicester fans (from left) Pat Murphy, Louise Haughton, Alan Ball, Sean McCrory, Terry McCrory and Vera Mooney
Brian Mason (centre) with Leicester fans (from left) Pat Murphy, Louise Haughton, Alan Ball, Sean McCrory, Terry McCrory and Vera Mooney
Leicester Fan, Brian Mason pictured with Manchester United Fan Billy Woods
Leicester City fans celebrate winning the Premier League a in a pub in central Leicester, England. Getty Images

One faithful Irish Leicester fan is celebrating a €30,000 windfall after the club defied the odds to win the Premier League title.

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They placed a €20 bet on the club at odds of 1,500/1 all the way back in September and will now pocket a tidy €30,000 after Tottenham's 2-2 draw with Chelsea last night secured the Foxes their first Premiership crown.

Bookies Boylesports said other punters, who got odds of 750/1 and 500/1 at the start of the season are also in for a bumper pay-day.

Meanwhile, long-time Leicester fan Brian Mason (60) was on tenterhooks as he watched the match from his home in Navan, Co Meath, last night.

"This is heaven on earth," he said at the final whistle. I wish I'd put a fiver on them at the start of the season."

Written off as relegation candidates at the start of the season, they secured the first top-flight title in the club's history after Tottenham were unable to beat Chelsea.

"I just went completely numb when the final whistle sounded," said Brian, who has been supporting Leicester for more than 40 years.

He will travel to the UK to watch Leicester go head-to-head with Everton this weekend.

"I don't have a ticket but I have to be there. It will be such a fantastic game. Jamie Vardy will be back and they will be so confident over this.

"And the atmosphere will be absolutely fantastic," he added.

But before he makes the journey he plans on celebrating the historic victory with his brothers.

"All of us are Leicester fans. This is unreal. It's a fairy-tale ending - we were the underdog and now we're the champions," he said.

The Foxes could have clinched the title themselves on Sunday with a win against Manchester United. But the game ended 1-1 at Old Trafford.

"It was unfortunate that we didn't win it in that game but this is still fantastic," Brian said.

The Foxes needed Chelsea to prevent Tottenham Hotspur from winning at Stamford Bridge.

Tottenham were leading 2-1 with eight minutes to go when Chelsea's Eden Hazard hit back with a stunning equaliser.

Irish Independent

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