Dukinfield City fan set for Spanish honeymoon thanks to United legend Wayne Rooney
Wednesday 19th July 2017 @ 13:37 by Tom Greggan
Dukinfield Hyde News Tameside

“Have a sangria on me!” That was Betfred owner Fred Done’s message this week to lucky winner Jordon Fawcett after the Manchester City fan scooped £2,000 to pay for his honeymoon.

Jordon was one of only 19 people in the country to place a bet on Man United star Wayne Rooney returning to his first club Everton.

The roofer from Dukinfield waged £20 seven years ago on the move. He got odds of 100/1 and- despite losing his betting slip and therefore having to pass a hand-writing “test”- he’s now picked up a £2,000 Betfred windfall, enough to pay for a honeymoon he and his fiancée Roxanne thought they could never afford.

Rooney was at the peak of his powers back in 2010 when he handed in a shock transfer request and was all set to leave Old Trafford.

LEGEND: Wayne Rooney left United this summer as the club’s all-time top scorer, with 183 goals in 393 appearances.                                           Credit to Manchester United FC/Getty Images.

Jordon was absolutely convinced he’d never join City, reckoning he wasn’t good enough for his beloved Blue, so placed the first bet of his life at the Betfred shop at Market place in Hyde, near his home in Dukinfield.

He ignored all the media speculation he would join City, reflected in the Betfred odds at the time on Rooney’s next club: City 11/8, Chelsea 5/2, Real Madrid 3/1, Barcelona 8/1 with AC Milan or Inter Milan 20/1.

The outside bet at 100-1 was that he would return to his boyhood club, Everton – the same odds as joining Liverpool! Jordon decided to have a flutter and put £20 on Wayne to go back to the Toffees – but then lost his betting slip.

But he was able to prove he had placed a bet in October 2010 by providing an example of his handwriting and has been sent a cheque for £2000, plus his stake, which will pay for his honeymoon to Majorca next month.

Father-of-two, Jordon, 33 said: “I was on a roof working with my uncle talking football. I decided to put a bet on to wind up Reds fans. At the time the talk was all about Wayne joining City or Barcelona. I never thought he would join City. He’s not good enough anyway.”

After placing the bet he put the betting slip in a keepsakes box at his mother’s home in Hattersley, where was living at the time. He later moved out and his brother, Blaine, decorated the room and the box with the slip got lost.

“I turned the house upside down to find the slip when Wayne did move to Everton. My brother was just laughing, but I wasn’t; it was a lot of money! It was my first ever bet, so I remembered it clearly.”

He went to the bookies where Betfred staff checked his handwriting and he provided proof of his identity, and they paid out.

Jordon will now spend the money on his honeymoon after he and partner, Roxanne Partovnia get married next month.

“We originally couldn’t afford a honeymoon with the cost of the reception,” Jordon said. “But now with this £2,000 we are going to probably Majorca with our two children. I am over the moon. My hand-writing is bad, like a three year old so it wasn’t hard to match it up. Fair play to Betfred to honour a seven year old bet when I had lost the slip.”

He added: “I wanted to spend the money on new tools but there is no chance of that with Roxanne, and we will have a great time away. Is Blaine being allowed to go to the wedding? Yes, but only because my mum would go mad if he was barred!”

Fred Done, Betfred owner, said: “It’s amazing that a Red legend like Wayne Rooney going back to his boyhood club is paying for honeymoon of a loyal City fan. Jordon is one of only 19 people in the country who put a bet on Rooney going to Everton at 100-1.Have a celebratory jug of Sangria on me!”

Rooney sealed his move from United to Everton last week after 13 years at Old Trafford. The 31-year-old, who has been made Everton captain, entered United folklore when he beat Sir Bobby Charlton’s record with 253 United goals from 559 appearances.