A lucky Northern Ireland football fan is celebrating after Will Grigg’s glorious match-winning goal for Wigan Athletic against Manchester City netted him a whopping £1,630.
Newtownabbey man Neil Gray, an Everton fan and a regular at Windsor Park for Northern Ireland games, took a punt on Grigg hitting the target and the League One side securing an unlikely 1-0 win against the Premier League leaders in Monday night’s FA Cup tie.
He placed the £5 wager with Sky Bet at odds of 325/1, but says it was a bet placed more in hope than expectation.
“I just stuck a fiver on as Will Grigg was playing, but I didn’t expect it to come up,” Neil said.
“Even after Grigg scored I still expected City to equalise or even go on to win. They were all over Wigan, so the last ten minutes or so were a bit of a sweat. I couldn’t believe they held on to win. It’s just unbelievable.
“It’s nice to win a few quid, but I suppose now that it’s going in the paper I’ll have to tell the wife!”
The 39-year-old father-of-two, who works as a transport planner for a local haulage firm and plays rugby for Mallusk-based Ophir RFC, said the money will go towards the cost of a family holiday this summer.
Keen to see Grigg back playing for Northern Ireland, Neil added: “It was a great goal and showed again that Grigg is a quality striker. Michael O’Neill really needs to get him back in the Northern Ireland squad. It would be great to see him playing for Northern Ireland again.”
I just stuck a fiver on as Will Grigg was playing, but I didn’t expect it to come up