I have been known to enjoy a small flutter on football betting, nothing strenuous, a couple of pounds on a few accumulators on a Saturday afternoon or a Champions League night, I usually do ok and when I do lose it isn’t a fortune.

Earlier in the season I managed to scoop almost £200 from a £2 Champions League accumulator, followed by another £50 on the Saturday, but betting involving my team is always something I have tried to avoid, until now.

The abject misery of the season so far (notwithstanding the last two games) has been slightly tempered for me, as at the beginning of the season I decided to take the morally ambiguous stance of betting on games involving Newcastle United, and not always in their favour.

It began before the season started when I was reading an article entitled ‘Best Premier League Bets From The 2014-15 Season’. Number two on the list was ‘If you had bet £10 every week last season on every Newcastle United match having +2.5 goals, then you would have been roughly (depending on your bookie) over £600 in profit for the season’. No small potatoes for very little effort, enough to pay for one of my family to spend a week on the Costa Brava, so I decided to give it a go this year.

So far this season I am £55 up on this weekly bet and will keep placing them for the duration of the season. The irresistible mix of our leaky defence and seemingly innate ability to pull a surprise out of the bag every now and the,n makes this a decent bet for anyone who wants to use the bet as a savings account for the season, but now NUFC have unexpectedly starting bearing more fruits for me.

Before the Liverpool game I, like most, predicted a slaughter. I put £2 on Liverpool +5.5 goals and £2 on +5.5 match goals, both for decent returns, and then for some inexplicable reason I put £6 on Newcastle to win, I returned £30.

This week I was down to my last £8 in my betting account by Saturday night, so again I stuck it all on Newcastle to win at 15/2, this time I returned £76!

Unbelievably, in just one week, supporting the Toon had made me £122 (including my +2.5 goals bet).

Now, I must admit that when we have been humped this season and I have seen my Bet365 balance jump a little, I may feel a pang of guilt. Am I profiting from the clubs misery like some chubby Sports Wear billionaire?

This doesn’t last long though as I remind myself about the amount of money leeched out of me over the years by various unscrupulous owners.

If you want a top tip for the weekend then get your money on Villa, currently also at 15/2, this is just the sort of game that any long term member of the Toon Army should be able to tell you we will almost certainly lose, especially after a couple of unexpected wins.

Morally dubious, yes, profitable, certainly, and what else better to help you get over a trying season than the knowledge that the cost of your summer holidays has been greatly subsidised by the shambles you have been forced to endure?

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