Brazen bet made on toddler’s soccer prowess nets granddad huge payday
BRUSSELS, Belgium – Two substitutions of three had already been made, and Peter Edwards told BBC that he was shattered. But his consternation was soon replaced by jubilation when his grandson, Harry Wilson, made his international debut for Wales in the 87th minute against Belgium on Tuesday night. More than just family pride was on the line; Wilson’s substitution netted his grandfather more than 125,000 British pounds.
BBC reports that at an early age, Edwards speculated that Wilson would one day play soccer for Wales’ international team. More than speculative, he was confident, so confident that when Wilson was only 18 months old, he placed a bet of 50 pounds with bookmaker William Hill in Wrexham.
He was given 2,500 to one odds and 15 years to see his grandson flourish as a footballer. Wilson was groomed at the Liverpool FC academy and was reportedly tugged at by England to play for its national team. He opted to stick with Wales and at age 16 and 207 days, became Wales’ youngest senior player.
“I told my wife at half-time that my pulse was 106 – I didn’t know whether that was good or bad,” Edwards told BBC. “But when he came on, I had another glass of wine. (I was) a proud granddad for sure.
Edwards was an electrical contractor but had let his manager know that if his grandson found his way onto the pitch, he would not be returning for work. His bet of 50 pounds roughly equals $81 in America and his winnings of 125,000 pounds equal nearly $202,000.