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Harry Wilson’s grandfather wins £125,000 on Wales debut bet made 15 years ago, promptly retires

Brooks Peck
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In the 87th minute of Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Belgium, 16-year-old Harry Wilson entered the match and became Wales' youngest ever senior player. As joyous an occasion as that was for the Liverpool midfielder's family, it was made even better for his grandfather, who won £125,000 (nearly $200,000) on an £50 bet ($80) he placed when Harry was just 18 months old that this day would come.

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According to the BBC, Peter Edwards, Harry Wilson's grandfather, placed a bet with a bookmaker on his then infant grandson eventually playing international football for Wales. He was given odds of 2,500/1. When Wilson made his debut on Tuesday, beating Wales' previous youngest player, Gareth Bale, by a cool 108 days, the bet paid out and Edwards promptly retired a year earlier than planned.

From the BBC:

"When he was about 18 months old he used to chase a ball around on the carpet before he could walk," Mr Edwards said.

"I went into William Hill in Wrexham and asked them how I go about it. I had no idea how to do it and the manageress put me in touch with London."

Electrical contractor Mr Edwards, of Corwen, Denbighshire, works away from home most of the year, spending one weekend a fortnight with wife Dorothy, 58.

"She is over the moon. I retired immediately. I told my manager yesterday that if Harry plays I wouldn't be coming back," said Mr Edwards.

Edwards went on to say that when Harry entered Liverpool's academy at 12 years old, he tried to place a second bet, but the bookmaker wouldn't let him, perhaps fearing that this would happen.

As wonderful as all of this is for Harry Wilson and Peter Edwards, somewhere else in Wales there's a grandfather loudly cursing his own grandson for playing FIFA 14 all day and being a waste of £50.

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