William Hill Becomes Title Sponsor Of The Scottish Cup

William Hill, the UK’s No.1 bookmaker, has signed a seven-figure deal with the Scottish FA to become the title sponsor of the Scottish Cup.

The three-year partnership means the famous cup competition will be renamed the William Hill Scottish Cup.

William Hill, which operates over 300 betting shops in Scotland and a total of 2364 across the UK and Ireland, is already the official betting partner of the Scottish Premier League. The Scottish Cup sponsorship deal reaffirms their strong association with Scottish football. The agreement will also allow the bookmaker to showcase its online, mobile and retail products to Scottish football fans the length and breadth of the country.

The William Hill Scottish Cup first round draw will take place in Glasgow’s Buchanan Galleries Shopping Centre on Monday, August 29, at 10am. The draw will be conducted by last year’s victorious captain, Celtic’s Scott Brown, the Scottish FA President, Campbell Ogilvie, and Kristof Fahy, William Hill’s Group Brand and Marketing Director.

Stewart Regan, Scottish FA Chief Executive, said: “We are proud to have a leading brand like William Hill as sponsor of the Scottish Cup for the next three seasons. The new 2011/12 William Hill Scottish Cup begins in just a few weeks’ time and with the competition now securing a new sponsor, we can now look forward another exciting season ahead.”

Gareth Davis, Chairman of William Hill PLC, said: “It seems fitting for the most established and biggest bookmaker in Scotland to be attached to the oldest Association trophy in world football and we at William Hill consider it an honour to be able to put our name to the Scottish Cup.”

Notes to Editors:

About William Hill

The London Stock Exchange listed bookmaker – William Hill offers betting in shops, online, telephone, and mobile. Founded in 1934, William Hill has grown to become the UK’s largest bookmaker with more than 15,000 employees and around 2,350 betting shops in UK and Ireland.

Their online site offers over 500,000 betting markets every week – including the largest range of in-play markets in the industry. These markets and several chart topping Android and iPhone apps can also be accessed via William Hill’s brand new mobile site mobile.williamhill.com

William Hill, who are also the largest bookmaker in Scotland, are no strangers to sponsorship in the country. The firm is official betting partners of the Scottish Premier League (SPL) and also sponsors Scotland’s richest horse race – the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup.

About the Scottish Cup

The William Hill Scottish Cup is the main national cup competition in Scottish football. It is a knockout cup competition run by and named after the Scottish FA. The William Hill Scottish Cup trophy is the oldest national trophy in the world. It was first held in 1873-74, with Queen’s Park the winners. The current holders of the Scottish Cup are Celtic, who defeated Motherwell 3-0 in the 2011 final on 21 May 2011.

For further information:
Tony Kenny
Public Relations
William Hill
020 8918 3627 (o)
07714126514 (m)
tkenny@williamhill.co.uk
William Hill, Greenside House, 50 Station Road

Mark Snell
Communications Executive
Scottish FA
07904 604943
mark.snell@scottishfa.co.uk

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Ardley Surprising As Girl Power Tips Neal For Cardiff Job

Ardley a surprise, really!
GIRL-POWER BOOSTS ARDLEY CLAIMS TO CARDIFF JOB….

William Hill have taken a string of bets from female punters in different parts of north London – all backing the club’s Youth Academy coach Neal Ardley to be appointed their next manager. Hills slashed Ardley’s odds from 40/1 to 8/1 this evening as cash came in for him, ‘This was an interesting gamble from two different angles – firstly, virtually all of the initial bets for him were placed by female customers, and, secondly, the bets were placed either in North London betting shops, or by online clients with North London addresses – an area which would seem at first glance to have little connection to Cardiff – but experience has taught us that people will often try to throw us off the scent of a gamble by placing the bets in unexpected places at unexpected times and in unexpected amounts!’ said Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe.’The bets were for an average of around £40, ranging from £10 to three figures’

William Hill…NEXT CARDIFF MANAGER…1/3 Malky Mackay; 9/2 Chris Hughton; 7/1 Mark Robins; 8/1 Neal Ardley; 9/1 Roberto di Matteo.Others on request.

Further information……graham sharpe…0780 3233702

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Even More Cash For Hodgson To Go + Prem Specials

*************************************William Hill PREMIER LEAGUE SPECIALS************************************

EVEN MORE CASH FOR HODGSON TO GO

William Hill have seen more money for Roy Hodgson to leave Liverpool before the start of next season and now make him 4/11 to be gone by then, 2/1 still to be there, after a string of bets including two of three figures – these two and others both placed in Liverpool betting shops. ‘The money is all for Roy to go, we just haven’t seen anything of note for him to still be there next season’ said Hill’ spsokesman Graham Sharpe.

Hills;NEXT PERMANENT LIVERPOOL MANAGER….Evens Rijkaard; 7/2 Deschamps; 5/1 O’Neill; 8/1 Hiddink; 10/1 Benitez; Dalglish; Pelligrini; 11/1 Coyle. Others on request.

**Next Prem boss to go: Evens Hodgson; 11/4 Grant; 5/1 Ancelotti; 5/1 Houllier; 13/2 Hughes; 10/1 McCarthy; 20/1 Mancini; Martinez; 25/1 no more to go this season.

Hills…Who Will Be Top After Weekend Matches?

Man Utd1/4
Man City11/4
Arsenal20/1

CHELSEA have been cut from 7/2 to 3/1 by William Hill to win the Premier League title. Hills make Manchester United 11/10 favourites with Arsenal at 4/1 ; Man City 7/1 ; and Spurs 25/1.

WHO’LL FINISH FIRST AND SECOND IN PREM?

WITH THE twists and turns of the title race continuing, William Hill are betting on the ultimate 1-2 outcome and make Manchester United to beat Chelsea their 7/2 favourite, also offering 9/2 Chelsea – United; 5/1 United- Arsenal; 8/1 Arsenal – United; 12/1 Chelsea – City; 16/1 Chelsea- Arsenal; City- United; Arsenal-Chelsea; 20/1 Arsenal- City; 25/1 City- Chelsea; City- Arsenal. (Others on request)

PREM LEAGUE TOP SCORER….9/4 Berbatov; 7/2 Tevez; 5/1 Drogba; 8/1 Carroll; 16/1 Torres.

RELEGATION ODDS…..William Hill…8/13 Wolves (6/5 stay up); 8/11 West Ham (Evens); 11/10 Wigan; 9/4 Fulham; 10/3 Birmimgham; 7/2 WBA; Blackpool; 9/2 Villa; 40 Liverpool.

HOULLIER ODDS-ON TO SURVIVE – JUST!

William Hill offer odds of 8/11 that Gerrard Houllier will still be Villa manager on the first day of next season – and Even money that he will not. ‘Houllier has not recovered from his terribly inappropriate comments when Villa played Liverpool, and with results the way are he has already forfeited a great deal of fan backing. In his favour is the very short amount of time he’d been in charge which enables him to say what he’s doing is a work in progress’ said Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe.
Hills have also opened a book on where Villa will finish this season and they are just 9/2 to end up in the bottom three, which would almost certainly doom Houllier to departure:

Hills….VILLA FINISHING POSITION:
Bottom 3……9/2
14th – 17th….3/1
11th – 13th….7/4
7th – 10th…..9/4
Top 6………..10/1

WHAT PRICE A WINTER BREAK?….William Hill offer 10/3 that a compulsory Premier League ‘winter-break’ of two weeks or more will be introduced in or before the end of the 2013-14 season and 1/5 that no such break will be implemented. ‘Pressure is growing for a winter-break but it will be difficult to persuade vested interests that it is worthwhile’ said Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe.

William Hill…..Weekend Prem Game With Most Goals

Man City v Blackpool4/1
Chelsea v Aston Villa5/1
West Brom v Man Utd11/2
Tottenham v Fulham6/1
Birmingham v Arsenal13/2
Liverpool v Bolton15/2
Wigan v Newcastle15/2
West Ham v Wolves9/1
Sunderland v Blackburn12/1
Stoke v Everton12/1

William Hill….Team To Score Fastest Goal
Chelsea6/1
Man City7/1
Tottenham9/1
Man Utd10/1
Arsenal11/1
Liverpool11/1
Sunderland14/1
West Ham14/1
Wigan16/1
Stoke16/1
Newcastle16/1
Everton16/1
Wolves20/1
Blackburn20/1
Birmingham22/1
Bolton22/1
West Brom22/1
Fulham25/1
Blackpool25/1
Aston Villa25/1

Hills…..Will There Be A Prem Hat-Trick?
Yes5/1
No1/9

Hills…..How Many Prem Red Cards?
None10/11
One13/8
Two Or More7/2

Further information…graham sharpe…0780 3233702

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Paul The Octopus Punters Are £1400 Ahead Of Bookies

PAUL THE OCTOPUS PUNTERS ARE £1400 AHEAD OF BOOKIES

PUNTERS following the World Cup tips from Paul the Octopus have won up to £1400 by doing so, say bookmakers William Hill, who have taken so many bets on the sea creature tipping the World Cup winner that they have cut their odds for him to do it from Even money to 10/11.
‘If you had just bet £10 on each of Paul’s six successive winning selections on Germany or their opponents so far, you would have made a healthy profit of £84 – but if you had put the winnings from each bet all on to the next one, you would now be looking at £1400 of profit!’ said Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe.
‘Punters are superstitious creatures at the best of times – and many have favourite tipsters they like to follow, but they tend to be human, so this is the first time we’ve genuinely had punters coming into betting shops and asking staff about the predictions made by an octopus.’

William Hill offer:
100/1 To become part of Fabio Capello’s staff .
100/1 Eaten by the German team on return from the World Cup .
1000 King Juan Carlos to confer Spain’s highest honour, the Order of the Golden Fleece, on the Octopus .
1000/1 Squidnapped by distraught German fans .

Further information…….graham sharpe….07803 233702.

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Rooney Mania Hits Betting Shops

ROONEY-MAYHEM IN BETTING SHOPS AS WORLD’S BIGGEST GAMBLE UNDER WAY

ROONEY-MANIA is helping drive the biggest gamble of all time as punters bet over £1 billion on the outcome of the World Cup, say bookmakers William Hill, who have already taken bets of £60,000; $85,000; £110,000 and £200,000 on the tournament and now anticipate a £25m gamble on England’s opening match against USA.
‘No event has ever produced a betting turnover of £1 billion before – but that is going to happen at this World Cup – we have already taken mega-bets of up to £200,000, with that amount staked on an accumulator bet, with £110,000 bet on France and £20,000 on Germany, to win the tournament’ said Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe.’England fans have gone Rooney-crazy with their bets, and we’re in trouble if he scores a hat trick against the USA’

And England have not been ignored by the high rollers, with two bets of £6500 placed on them at odds of 8/1. But nor have England’s first opponents USA, on whom one punter has staked £5000 at 80/1 to win the tournament.

ENGLAND are 4/9 favourites to get off to a winning start against USA with William Hill who make them 4/9 favourites to win the game for which the USA are 13/2 outsiders with the draw at 16/5.

WAYNE ROONEY is 5/1 to be sent off during the tournament and 25/1 to do so against USA. He is 10/3 to score the opening goal of the game; 10/3 to score the last; 4/5 to score at any stage of the game; 7/2 to score 2 or more; 20/1 to score a hat trick.
‘We have had to create a whole range of Rooney special bets to cope with the demand from punters’ said Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe.

William Hill ROONEY SPECIALS…..6/4 TO BE SUBSTITUTED V USA; 2/1 To be yellow carded; 7/2 to score in both halves;4/1 to score with a header; 5/1 to hit the woodwork; 6/1 to score from outside the penalty box; 7/1 to win a penalty.

William Hill are also offering a 14/1 treble for patriotic punters this weekend. For it to come in England need to beat Australia in the Rugby Union, followed by beating USA in the World Cup and finally an English driver winning the GP on Sunday.

Further information……..graham sharpe….0780 3233702

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Not Everyone Fancies England For World Cup

YOU BET NOT ALL BRITS FANCY ENGLAND FOR WORLD CUP!

ALMOST one of every five bets being placed on the World Cup with William Hill by punters in English betting shops is for England to win the tournament – but in Wales it is only one in every nine; in Northern Ireland one in every twelve – and in Scotland just one in every twenty.
‘It is certainly the case that there are regional differences in the support for England to win the World Cup, which is to be expected – but taking the betting as a whole, England are definitely the one team we’d rather see not win the World Cup,’ said Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe.
In English betting shops Hills only Spain rival the support for England; in Wales the most popular selection is Brazil (21%), closely followed by Spain, with England 3rd; in Northern Ireland punters are opting for Argentina (24%), Spain, Brazil and Holland in front of England; and in Scotland, Brazil (26%) take top billing ahead of Argentina, Spain, and Holland with England 5th.
France are currently the worst possible result for Hills, who have taken one bet of £110,000 on Les Bleus at odds of 20/1, but England are a close second, and Hills anticipate that they will regain the lead before the first match kicks off – ‘The single France mega-bet has distorted our financial liability for France, as there are very few other big bets for them, but we are continually taking substantial bets for England and victory for Capello’s team will prove hideously expensive for us’ said Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe.
Bizarrely, North Korea are Hill’s third worst result – ‘We have taken scores of small bets of up to £80 for the 2000/1 outsiders’ – with Germany, the subject of a £60,000 bet with Hills at 14/1 on Thursday, now the 4th worst outcome.
At the other end of the scale, Hills would welcome unlikely World Cup triumphs for New Zealand, Honduras, Slovakia or Slovenia.

LATEST William Hill WORLD CUP ODDS…4/1 Spain; 9/2 Brazil; 13/2 Argentina; 8/1 England; 9/1 Holland; 14/1 Germany; 16/1 Italy; 20/1 France; 25/1 Portugal; 50/1 Ivory Coast; 66/1 Serbia.
**Hills cut Holland from 10/1 to 9/1 on Thursday after continued support.

William Hill PERCENTAGE OF BETS TAKEN ONLINE (up to noon, Thursday,June 10):
ENGLAND 15%

SPAIN 13%

BRAZIL 11.5%

ARGENTINA 14%

HOLLAND 13%

GERMANY 6.5%

ITALY 6.5%

IVORY COAST 4%

PORTUGAL 5.5%

FRANCE 3.5%

USA 1.5%

MEXICO 1.5%

SERBIA 1.5%

GHANA 0.5%

S. AFRICA 0.5%

All other teams make up the remaining 2%

Algeria least backed team with Hills: 128 bets for £455

Further information…….graham sharpe…….0208 918 3731

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Rooney Sparks £1bn Gamble

ROONEY SPARKS £1 BILLION GAMBLE

PATRIOTIC PUNTERS backing England to bring the World Cup home have sparked the biggest gamble of all time, say bookmakers William Hill.
‘Over £1 billion will be gambled on the World Cup, making it bigger than the Grand National, General Election, Wimbledon , or Big Brother’ said Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe.
And the nightmare scenario for bookies will be an England win – after a huge patriotic punt left betting shops facing mega payouts should England finally break their run of 44 years without a major trophy.
‘Despite Rio’s terrible injury we have been knocked over in the rush to back England to win the tournament at 8/1 today’added Sharpe.’Punters believe Rooney is the key to victory and are backing him to be England’s top scorer at 11/8 and the tournament’s top scorer at 10/1’
William Hill make Spain 4/1 favourites to win the World Cup, and also offer 9/2 Brazil; 13/2 Argentina; 8/1 England; 10/1 Holland; 14/1 Germany; 16/1 Italy; 18/1 France.

FURTHER INFORMATION…Graham Sharpe…0780 3233702 (follow gs on Twitter – @sharpeangle.

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Not Everyone Fancies England For World Cup

YOU BET NOT ALL BRITS FANCY ENGLAND FOR WORLD CUP!

ALMOST one of every five bets being placed on the World Cup with William Hill by punters in English betting shops is for England to win the tournament – but in Wales it is only one in every nine; in Northern Ireland one in every twelve – and in Scotland just one in every twenty.
‘It is certainly the case that there are regional differences in the support for England to win the World Cup, which is to be expected – but taking the betting as a whole, England are definitely the one team we’d rather see not win the World Cup,’ said Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe.
In English betting shops Hills only Spain rival the support for England; in Wales the most popular selection is Brazil (21%), closely followed by Spain, with England 3rd; in Northern Ireland punters are opting for Argentina (24%), Spain, Brazil and Holland in front of England; and in Scotland, Brazil (26%) take top billing ahead of Argentina, Spain, and Holland with England 5th.
France are currently the worst possible result for Hills, who have taken one bet of £110,000 on Les Bleus at odds of 20/1, but England are a close second, and Hills anticipate that they will regain the lead before the first match kicks off – ‘The single France mega-bet has distorted our financial liability for France, as there are very few other big bets for them, but we are continually taking substantial bets for England and victory for Capello’s team will prove hideously expensive for us’ said Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe.
Bizarrely, North Korea are Hill’s third worst result – ‘We have taken scores of small bets of up to £80 for the 2000/1 outsiders’ – with Germany, the subject of a £60,000 bet with Hills at 14/1 on Thursday, now the 4th worst outcome.
At the other end of the scale, Hills would welcome unlikely World Cup triumphs for New Zealand, Honduras, Slovakia or Slovenia.

LATEST William Hill WORLD CUP ODDS…4/1 Spain; 9/2 Brazil; 13/2 Argentina; 8/1 England; 9/1 Holland; 14/1 Germany; 16/1 Italy; 20/1 France; 25/1 Portugal; 50/1 Ivory Coast; 66/1 Serbia.
**Hills cut Holland from 10/1 to 9/1 on Thursday after continued support.

William Hill PERCENTAGE OF BETS TAKEN ONLINE (up to noon, Thursday,June 10):
ENGLAND 15%

SPAIN 13%

BRAZIL 11.5%

ARGENTINA 14%

HOLLAND 13%

GERMANY 6.5%

ITALY 6.5%

IVORY COAST 4%

PORTUGAL 5.5%

FRANCE 3.5%

USA 1.5%

MEXICO 1.5%

SERBIA 1.5%

GHANA 0.5%

S. AFRICA 0.5%

All other teams make up the remaining 2%

Algeria least backed team with Hills: 128 bets for £455

Further information…….graham sharpe…….0208 918 3731

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You Bet There’s Worldwide Gamble On England

YOU BET THERE’S A WORLDWIDE INTERNET GAMBLE ON ENGLAND AND SPAIN

BOOKMAKERS William Hill, who take bets from punters in 188 countries worldwide, say that punters betting online can’t split England and Spain as their favourites. ‘We always expect England to be the most popular choice in our betting shops, but online is a different matter – although we are taking bets from many ex-pat punters we also deal with clients from virtually every country in the world. By and large their choices are closely in line with the betting, although Ivory Coast and USA are perhaps punching above their odds weight!’ said Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe.’We are expecting that World Cup turnover online will account for up to 25% of our total tournament betting turnover’
17% England
17% Spain
15% Brazil
12% Argentina
8% Holland
7% Germany
6% Italy
5% Ivory Coast
5% Portugal
3% France
2% USA

WHO’LL BE FIRST ENGLAND PLAYER SUBBED?

William Hill have opened a book on who will be the first England player to be substituted at the World Cup. ‘Injuries, tactics or players being rested could be the reason for Fabio substituting players, but at this stage it’s anyone’s guess who’ll be the first to receive that unwanted honour!’ said Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe.
Which will be the first England Player to be substituted in the World Cup Finals?
Aaron Lennon 7/4
Peter Crouch 3
Joe Cole 3
Gareth Barry 7
James Milner 8
Wayne Rooney 8
Emile Heskey 8
Rio Ferdinand 14
Frank Lampard 12
Michael Carrick 12
Steven Gerrard 14
Shaun Wright-Phillips 20
Ashley Cole 25
Glenn Johnson 25
Ledley King 25
John Terry 25
David James 33
Jamie Carragher 50
Rob Green 50
Jermaine Defoe 100
Matthew Upson 100
Stephen Warnock 100
Joe Hart 100
One fifth the odds 1,2,3.

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