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Bookies feared 10m FA Cup loss
Havant fans celebrate their FA Cup third round replay win
Havant fans couldn't quite believe their team were playing at Anfield
Bookmakers can rest easy after fears they would make huge 10m losses if non-league Havant & Waterlooville beat Liverpool in the FA Cup fourth round.

The "Hawks", who are in the Blue Square South conference, are six divisions below the five-time European champions.

They lost the match 5-2 but led the game twice during the first half.

Odds on the Hawks winning were slashed from 100/1 to 50/1 after thousands of bets were placed on them.

If they pull it off, bookies will be paying out up to 10m, the biggest payout ever on an FA Cup game
Graham Sharpe
William Hill

Havant's FA Cup journey began against Bognor Regis in September and the Liverpool game was their eighth in the competition.

About 6,000 fans travelled to Anfield to cheer on the plumbers, plasterers and binmen.

Before the game, William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe said: "This game has really caught the imagination of the public and, although everyone knows they haven't really got a chance of winning, everyone seems to want a small bet on them just in case.

"We have been taking non-stop bets all morning - from 10p a time to one of 250 and a dozen more three-figure bets.

"Bookies know Havant can't win, Liverpool know Havant can't win - but Havant and their fans don't seem to know that and, if they pull it off, bookies will be paying out up to 10m, the biggest payout ever on an FA Cup game."

He said one client had even staked 1,000 at odds of 50/1 that Havant would make it through to the next round.

Hills made Liverpool 1/80 favourites to win, with Havant 50/1 and a draw 16/1. Havant were 40/1 to go through.

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