The 19-year-old came on to replace fellow debutant Marnick Vermijl at Old Trafford, which was not only a personal highlight for the former Peterborough loanee, but a family highlight as his father’s 10-year-old 100/1 bet finally paid out.
Mick Tunnicliffe was so certain that his son would make it as a professional soccer player that he placed a 100-pound bet at bookmakers William Hill on his son playing a competitive first-team game for Manchester United.
The bet was looking good as Tunnicliffe progressed through United’s youth set-up, even captaining the academy to an FA Youth Cup triumph two years ago.
With 10,000 pounds already in his pocket, Mick Tunnicliffe will be hoping his son eventually makes an England debut, as he put on another bet of the same amount at the same time, but with odds of 350/1, which, if eventually successful, would pay out a further 35,000 pounds.
“The last time a bet of this nature cost us 10,000 pounds was when Chris Kirkland made his debut in goal for England, also landing a 100-pound bet for his father,” said William Hill's media relations manager, Graham Sharpe. “We will obviously be paying close attention to the progress of Ryan’s career in the future.”
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