Jamie Clark was Sports Editor of Coral bookmakers between 2014 and 2017 during their merger with Ladbrokes and a key period for the British betting industry. Working as a bookie’s runner on the point to point circuit in the Midlands and at Market Rasen Racecourse where his late godfather had a trackside pitch growing up, he has had ties to horse racing all of his life. While his main project with us is horsebetting.com, Jamie occasionally brings you his take on major news stories from the racing world and those all-important betting tips at betting.co.uk.
The Foolish Bettor: Why I put £10 on Norwich to Survive
Betting.co.uk is, unsurprisingly, a betting website. We love to dabble as well. But sometimes we get it wrong — very wrong. And often it’s the guy running the site. In this series he will share with you his regular betting mistakes as part of a cathartic exercise to remind us we’re all human.
The Bet: Norwich Survive Relegation at 150/1 – £10
Yes. I’m an idiot. But hear me out first.
During our weekly editorial meeting we had the idea to write up a “great escape” article for Norwich. At the time of conception, they were seven points off safety. They faced off against Watford away next, and if they won that game then it really, really, really could happen – *queue Universal by Blur*.
But just to be sure, we also checked out the major fixtures of the bottom three:
- Bournemouth had to beat Tottenham (tricky), Leicester (vying for Champs League) and Man City (very angry);
- Villa had United (on form), Everton (bitter) and Arsenal (tricky);
- Watford had Norwich (no way – not a chance), Man City (rather annoyed), Arsenal (probably do want Europa).
At this point, I was more than convinced — I was certain.
Teemu Pukki would regain his brilliant form and score 10 goals a game. Delia Smith would rise out of obscurity once again to rally the troops. The Canaries would sing! Let’s be having you!
Plus, I quite fancied the £1,500.
And then the worst thing possible happened.
Watford beat Norwich. All hope was now lost.
Was I caught up in the moment? Yes.
Did I at the time genuinely think that Norwich would survive and I would be £1,500 better off? YES!
Have Norwich been terrible all season? Well, they beat City 3-2. But yes, they have.
Do I regret backing the worst team in the league to survive? Nah, that’s what having a punt is all about. If it came off, I’d be the genius.
But right now, I am the mug. Better luck next time, ey.