Leicester City just weren’t supposed to win the Premier League.
Bookmakers offered odds of 2,000/1 on the Foxes winning the title. It was simply unimaginable for a team who came so close to relegation last season to become champions the next.
But, now that Leicester are on the verge of lifting the trophy - they have a seven-point lead with six games remaining - those who bit the bullet and placed bets on the Foxes are reaping the rewards.
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Several bookmakers have started paying out early and John Moss and Mick Pell have collected their winnings.
The feeling of claiming £2,000 was extra sweet for the pair of Leicester fans after they were mocked for their selections by the bookies.
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Neil Samways, who runs the Betfred shop in Loughborough, wrote “Pigs Might Fly” on Jon’s slip.
Samways added “Ha Ha Ha” on Mick’s.
But the friends had the last laugh and are now looking forward to spending their winnings.
Trip to Vegas
John, 74, said: “Well I have been on holiday to Las Vegas 22 times believe it or not so I might be off there again...I must like it there,” per the Mirror.
Mick, 76, added: “I will buy my wife a new dress and get her a few surprises. It is a big shock that Leicester are on the verge of winning something big for the first time in 132 years."
Samways, an Arsenal fan, joined in with the Leicester fans’ delight.
“I don't mind Arsenal coming third, honest! We always try to be cheerful and have a bit of banter in our shop and I knew John and Mick would appreciate my little joke," he said.
"I thought I might be in trouble at first for writing on the betting slips but my boss, like John and Mick, saw the funny side."
If Leicester avoid an end-of-season collapse - and they’re showing no signs of slowing down - their campaign will go down as one of the greatest in football history.
They were bottom of the table after 31 games in 2014-15 but Claudio Ranieri - helped by the incredible efforts of Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy - has turned things around.
The Italian was told at the beginning of the season to secure Leicester’s Premier League survival. Anything else was just a bonus.
Leicester’s hierarchy certainly didn’t expect a Premier League title and Champions League qualification, two achievements the East Midlands club are close to securing.
And for Jon and Mick, and all the other Leicester fans who were brave (or foolish) enough to bet on their team winning the title, we salute you.
Pigs do fly, after all.
Will Leicester finish the job? Have your say in the comments section below!
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