Page last updated at 15:37 GMT, Friday, 23 May 2008 16:37 UK

Lifetime bet could see 1,000 win

A giant Hull shirt hangs in a car park in Hull
Fans have hung a giant Tigers shirt in a Hull car park ahead of the game

A 58-year-old man who bet 50 that Hull City would reach the Premier League before he dies may win 1,000.

Ken Jaques, from Hull, contacted William Hill in 2003 to bet on City, who were then in the lowest division of the football league.

The bookies took into account his age, average life expectancy and the chances of Hull being promoted two divisions, to give odds of 20-1.

"In theory, the bet could have lasted one day or 50 years," a spokesman said.

"We would be delighted to pay Mr Jaques if he wins. The last time we checked he was in pretty good nick."

The odds would be 1-20 on a similar bet made now, the spokesman estimated.

Hull play Bristol City on Saturday in the Championship play-off final at Wembley, and are currently one point above their rivals.

If Hull win, they will be promoted to the Premier League for the first time ever.

Around 40,000 Tigers fans are expected to make their way to London while supporters without tickets prepare to watch the game in Hull.


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