A whole new world has opened up for rock band Smokescreen after book-maker Betfred paid out early on Leicester becoming football’s Premier League champions.
But for this heavy metal foursome it won’t be sex, drugs and rock and roll …more about a well thought out £11,000 business plan.
Pre-season David Cooper, the band’s Spalding-based bass guitarist, wagered £6.65 at 1,500/1 on the Foxes winning the title – and astutely placed £13.35 on Claudio Ranieri’s men achieving a top four finish.
And after bookie boss Fred Done declared Leicester the winners (they are five points clear with four games remaining), 30-year-old Arsenal fan David was amazed to find his £11,329 winnings in his bank account from his two bets that totalled £20.
“It’s the most I have ever had in my account,” said delighted David, who added: “I just couldn’t believe it when a mate at work told me he had seen on the BBC website that Betfred had paid out. I checked my Betfred app and then my account which was quite a shock.
“I don’t need to spend the money on myself and anyway splashing it all on the band could lead to big things, you never know.
“We need a new van to get around Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire easier to our gigs. That will cost a few quid, then it is important we record a new CD which will be called Riffactory.
“To do that means we’ll be hiring time in the Norfolk recording studios we use over a two or three week period.
“That’s another few grand with all the art work. We haven’t recorded a CD for three years and this one will be bigger and better with all original material.
“Finally we’ll be hiring a private company to produce a promotional video so people can have a good look at what they are getting before booking us for gigs.”
David, who works as a stock controller at a horticulture centre in Peterborough, said: “Back in the summer I just couldn’t believe the odds on Leicester who were fourth favourites for the drop and Ranieri was being quoted as the first Premier League manager to be sacked.
“They finished last season well and Jamie Vardy was in great goal-scoring form so I took a punt on the Foxes for the title at 1,500/1 – and how happy I am.”
Betfred have paid out more than a million on the Foxes upsetting the established order.