If any Newcastle United fans thought they were living on their nerves on Sunday, spare a thought for this punter in Scotland.
Before the season kicked off, the Ladbrokes customer (man in his 50s who wants to be anonymous) put a £10 bet on picking the winners of all four leagues in Scotland and the three outside the Premier League in England.
To get anything from the bet, he needed all seven choices to win their respective leagues.
Well in advance of this weekend, the punter had already seen the following win their league titles:
4/1 Livingston (Scottish League One)
Evens Hibs (Scottish Championship)
3/10 Celtic (Scottish Premier)
11/2 Sheffield United (English League One)
So only three to go…On Saturday both the Scottish League Two and English League Two titles would be sorted, he had 4/1 Arbroath and 4/1 Portsmouth.
In Scotland Arbroath could only draw at Stirling, which meant that if Forfar won at home to Annan, they would be Champions and the bet would be blown. Forfar surprisingly lost their home game 4-2 and the bet kept running.
Portsmouth easily won 6-1 at home to Cheltenham but if either Doncaster or Plymouth won, then Pompey wouldn’t be champions – and the bet would be down.
Plymouth could only draw 1-1 at Grimsby and then despite having taken the lead, Doncaster ended up losing 2-1 at second bottom Hartlepool (who sadly were still relegated after Newport’s late winner) with two goals in the last 16 minutes.
So the bet only just survived and carried through to Sunday, his bet on 15/8 Newcastle needed to land a remarkable wager.
The rest is of course now history but can you imagine what was going through the head of this poor 50+ year old Scottish bloke?
He must have already spent most of his hoped for winnings on whiskey and Irn Bru as he waited to hear the outcome.
Newcastle of course did the business winning 3-0 against Barnsley but with Brighton winning 1-0 and a man advantage, 99% of NUFC fans had already given up, as no doubt had the Scottish punter.
We all know how happy/delirious we were when hearing Jack Grealish had scored that 89th minute goal, so you can only imagine what it felt like for our Scottish punter when his £10 was confirmed as having turned into £60,734.38.
Those last few minutes after Villa equalised must have been pretty unbearable…