A LEIGH fan pocketed more than £7,000 when St Helens won Saturday’s Super League Grand Final to complete an ambitious accumulator bet.
Back in February, Steven Hall took a £50 punt on who would win the Tetley’s Challenge Cup, the Kingstone Press Championship Grand Final and the First Utility Grand Final.
He tipped Leeds to win the Challenge Cup, Leigh to claim the Championship and St Helens to take the Super League crown.
The bet looked on course when Leeds Rhinos beat Castleford Tigers to complete the first third of the bet back in August and when Leigh Centurions stormed to victory in the Championship, Steven was within touching distance of the £7,233 prize pot.
So on Saturday, the 35-year-old dad was a Saints fan for the night when they met Wigan in the Grand Final at Old Trafford.
“I was quite calm really,” said Steven. “I was just delighted despite the horrendous Saints injury list somehow they had finished top of the Super League and got to the Grand Final.
“While normally you don’t want to see players sent off in a game as big as a Grand Final I would be lying if I said I was disappointed to see the red card for Ben Flower.
“Before that, I really couldn’t see Wigan losing to be honest. When Flower went off I could taste victory. I went to Old Trafford with a party of seven sat bang on the half way line chewing my nails and losing my voice for 75 minutes, the last five minutes were a little less tense!”
Steven, who is well known on Twitter through his highly appropriate username @ TipsterSte plans to treat his family to a holiday with his winnings as well as new season tickets for his beloved Leigh Centurions.
“There will be a nice family holiday booked in the next couple of weeks,” he said.
“Christmas will be good for the children and of course there will be the 2015 Leigh season ticket to purchase as we plot our route back to Super League in 2016.
“I am already involved in the player sponsorship for Ryan Brierley next season and I might just treat my wife to a few days out in the banqueting suite at the Sports Village on match days in 2015!”
Steven’s day job is in e-commerce and he lives in Leigh with his wife Rebecca and children – Georgia aged three and one-year-old Matthew.