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Fan makes 25,000 on dream goal
Nicole and Adrian Hayward
Mr Hayward's 25,000 dream came true on Saturday
A football fan won 25,000 after dreaming that Liverpool's Xabi Alonso scored a goal from his own half.

After the dream in July, Adrian Hayward placed a 200 bet, at odds of 125-1, that Alonso would score from behind the halfway line at some point this season.

His dream came true on Saturday when the Spaniard scored against Luton Town in the FA Cup 3rd round.

"I've never placed such a large bet before but I had a feeling about it," said Mr Hayward, of Newbury, Berkshire.

When he placed the bet we thought it was the easiest 200 we had ever made
Bookmaker Paddy Power
"I was watching the Luton match on TV with my family and I saw the keeper off his line. I was shouting 'Shoot!' and he did.

"It seemed to take an age to hit the net but when it did, I just went berserk."

The 42-year-old father-of-two said he might spend some of the winnings on a family holiday.

Bookmaker Paddy Power said: "When he placed the bet we thought it was the easiest 200 we had ever made.

"But fair play to him. It's great when these unusual bets pay out and it shows that dreams do come true."

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