Father bets on son being England Gunner
There must be more sure-fire ways to net £50,000 but one dad is hoping a long shot will help him score.For Carl Wright, from Worlingham near Beccles, is really gunning for his baby son by betting he will play for England and Arsenal by the time he's 25.
There must be more sure-fire ways to net £50,000 but one dad is hoping a long shot will help him score.
For Carl Wright, from Worlingham near Beccles, is really gunning for his baby son by betting he will play for England and Arsenal by the time he's 25.
The Suffolk born-and-bred Gunners-mad fan, who has called his home Highbury, placed a £10 wager with bookies William Hill that 13-month old Harrison will play for both teams at odds of 10,000 to one.
Mr Wright, 29, said he has been mocked by family members who support arch-rivals Tottenham but that the bet was a spur of the moment decision.
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His grandfather the late Bert Wright played for Arsenal during the war and the allegiance has been passed from father to son since, despite the fact that Mr Wright was born and brought up in Lowestoft.
"I used to play for Lowestoft Town and Beccles Caxton at quite a reasonable standard and the whole family is into football. The bet seemed like the right thing to do," said Mr Wright, who is married to long-suffering non-football fan Lynsey, 28.
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"I guess people could say I'm living out my dream through it but it's all just a bit of fun really.
"It's a bit early to say whether it will happen as Harrison can't actually walk yet. He's more of a David Seaman than a Thierry Henry but I try and get him to play football whenever I can."
As if a potential £50,000 price tag on your head is not enough, Mr Wright said he is going to write to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger telling him about the bet and offering Harrison as a new striker for free.
But he admits all the pressure could bring its own penalties.
"The Spurs contingent of the family keep saying he'll grow up to be a ballerina but they'll soon see when his first word after 'daddy' is 'Vieira' – we're already teaching him all the songs," Mr Wright said.
And Tottenham fans aren't the only ones at risk of being offended.
"I do go to watch Norwich occasionally so we shall take Harrison to Carrow Road.
But then we'll take him to Highbury to see some real football," he said.
At least Norwich City are allowed to be mentioned – the words Manchester United and Tottenham are banned in the Wright house.