Future Bright For Hodgson And When Will He Lose?

England defeated Italy although neither side were at their strongest a fact highlighted by the 11/8 offered by William Hill that only four or five of Wednesday’s starting XI line up for England’s first WC qualifying game. Roy Hodgson’s unbeaten record remains intact and William Hill offer 5/4 that he does not taste defeat until after 2012 has finished.

“The match against Italy showed us that the future is bright for England but the odds would suggest a return to a more traditional starting XI once qualifiers start,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

Jack Butland became England’s youngest ever goalkeeper and he is 2/1 to play Premier League football this season for any side (4/11 he does not).

Jack Butland to play in a Premier League match this season: 4/11 no; 2/1 yes

How many of tonight’s starting XI will start England’s first qualifier: 8/1 0-3; 11/8 4-5; 13/8 6-7; 7/2 8-9; 14/1 10-11

England next defeat: 9/1 Moldova (a); 9/2 Ukraine (h); 150/1 San Marino (h); 5/2 Poland (a); 11/4 Sweden (a); 5/4 unbeaten at the end of 2012

Joe Crilly
Press Officer

Twitter: @footy_joe

T: 0208 918 3746
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Premier League Is Back And Punters Cannot Wait!!!!!

Manchester City are the best backed side to win the Premier League with William Hill and the current Champions are 6/5 with Manchester United attracting only slight interest despite their large investment over the summer. The biggest bet that Hills have taken on the Premier League is for Liverpool, where a shop punter placed £22,000 e/w on the Reds lifting the trophy at 25/1.

“Despite the fact that we’ve had a busy sporting summer, turnover on our antepost football markets has increased quite markedly,” said Hill’ spokesman Joe Crilly. “We were offering top price on every single side to win the Premier League which proved incredibly popular and also shows that despite the glitz and glamour of the Euros and the Olympics, the Premier League remains the number one sporting event in the UK.”

After last season’s nail biting finale to the season, William Hill are offering 100/1 that the destination of the Premier League trophy is decided in added time of the final match of the season. Hills also have a number of other specials including 16/1 for any goalkeeper to score a goal this season, while 3/1 is available for all three promoted sides to stay up.

Nigel Adkins is the 7/2 favourite to lose the managerial sack race at 7/2, backed in pre-season from 20/1.

Premier League outright: 5/4 Manchester City; 9/4 Manchester United; 5/1 Chelsea; 12/1 Arsenal; 16/1 Liverpool; 25/1 Tottenham; 150/1BAR

Top promoted club: 11/8 Saints; 6/4 West Ham; 9/4 Reading

Relegation: 1/1 Reading; 5/4 Norwich; 11/8 Southampton; 13/8 Wigan; 15/8 Swansea; 9/4 West Ham; 7/2 QPR; 7/2 West Brom; 6/1 BAR

Top four finish: 1/66 Manchester City; 1/33 Manchester United; 3/10 Chelsea; 8/15 Arsenal; 7/4 Spurs; 15/8 Liverpool; 14/1 Newcastle; 20/1 Everton; 50/1 BAR

Top scorer: 7/1 Robin van Persie; 7/1 Sergio Aguero; 8/1 Fernando Torres; 8/1 Wayne Rooney; 16/1 Carlos Tevez; 16/1 Luis Suarez; 20/1 Danny Welbeck; 20/1 Darren Bent; 20/1 Javier Hernandez; 20/1 Lukas Podolski; 20/1 Mario Balotelli; 20/1 Nikica Jelavic; 20/1 Papiss Cisse; 25/1 Andy Carroll; 25/1 Emmanuel Adebayor; 25/1 Olivier Giroud; 33/1 BAR

Manager sack race: 7/2 Nigel Adkins; 6/1 Michael Laudrup; 7/1 Sam Allardyce; 8/1 Steve Clarke; 10/1 Brendan Rodgers; 10/1 Chris Hughton; 10/1 Tony Pulis; 12/1 Mark Hughes; 12/1 Roberto Di Matteo; 12/1 Roberto Martinez; 14/1 Martin Jol; 16/1 Brian McDermott; 16/1 Paul Lambert; 16/1 Roberto Mancini; 20/1 Andre Villas-Boas; 25/1 Alan Pardew; 25/1 Arsene Wenger; 25/1 Martin O’Neill; 33/1 David Moyes; 100/1 no manager to leave; 100/1 Sir Alex Ferguson

Premier League season specials:
1/4 Any opposition side to win a penalty at Old Trafford
2/1 An Englishman to be top EPL goalscorer
3/1 Three promoted teams to stay up
10/3 Any player to score 30 or more Premier League goals in the 2012/13 season
16/1 Any goalkeeper to score during the season
20/1 Any player to score 6 or more goals in a single EPL match
20/1 Any team to score 10 or more goals in a single EPL match

Premier League Match Odds:
18 Aug 4/9 Arsenal; 7/1 Sunderland; 3/1 Draw
18 Aug 17/20 Fulham; 7/2 Norwich; 23/10 Draw
18 Aug 1/1 QPR; 14/5 Swansea; 23/10 Draw
18 Aug 7/5 Reading; 19/10 Stoke; 23/10 Draw,
18 Aug 14/5 West Brom; 1/1 Liverpool; 23/10 Draw
18 Aug 13/10 West Ham; 11/5 Aston Villa; 11/5 Draw
18 Aug 17/10 Newcastle; 9/5 Tottenham; 2/1 Draw
19 Aug 9/2 Wigan; 4/6 Chelsea; 13/5 Draw
19 Aug 1/5 Manchester City; 14/1 Southampton; 5/1 Draw
20 Aug 10/3 Everton; 10/11 Manchester United; 23/10 Draw

Premier League weekend specials:

Highest scoring match:
11/4 Man City vs Southampton
5/1 Arsenal vs Sunderland
7/1 Newcastle vs Tottenham
7/1 Wigan vs Chelsea
15/2 Fulham vs Norwich
8/1 Everton vs Manchester United
9/1 West Brom vs Liverpool
9/1 West Ham vs Aston Villa
10/1 QPR vs Swansea
12/1 Reading vs Stoke

Highest scoring team: 2/1 Manchester City; 9/2 Arsenal; 5/1 Chelsea; 8/1 Fulham; 10/1 Manchester United; 12/1 Liverpool; 14/1 QPR; 16/1 Tottenham; 20/1 Newcastle; 20/1 Reading; 20/1 West Ham; 33/1 Aston Villa; 33/1 Everton; 33/1 Stoke; 50/1 West Brom; 66/1 Norwich; 66/1 Sunderland; 66/1 Swansea; 66/1 Wigan; 100/1 Southampton

Fastest scoring team: 8/1 Manchester City; 10/1 Arsenal; 10/1 Chelsea; 11/1 Fulham; 11/1 Manchester United; 12/1 Liverpool; 12/1 QPR; 12/1 Tottenham; 14/1 Aston Villa; 14/1 Newcastle; 14/1 Reading; 14/1 Stoke; 14/1 West Ham; 16/1 Everton; 16/1 Norwich; 16/1 Swansea; 20/1 Sunderland; 20/1 West Brom; 25/1 Wigan; 33/1 Southampton

Total Red Cards: 2/1 one; 2/1 two; 7/2 none; 4/1 three; 5/1 four or more

Joe Crilly
Press Officer
Twitter: @footy_joe

T: 0208 918 3746
M: 07850 518 164
E: jcrilly@williamhill.co.uk

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Man City Backed To Win Record Breaking 2012/13 Season

The new Premier League season is just around the corner and William Hill make Manchester City the 6/5 favourites to lift the trophy and Hill’s punters agree. City are the second best backed side with only Liverpool attracting more money – largely down to the fact that one punter has staked £22,000 e/w on the Reds winning the Premier league. For the first time in Premier League history, punters are mostly staying away from Manchester United who are the 5/2 second favourites for the trophy.

At the other end of the table, the three new sides will be hoping to emulate the success of Swansea, Norwich and QPR and Hills offer 3/1 that Southampton, Reading and West Ham follow suit.

“Success for the newly promoted sides will always be based on whether they survive or not and we think there is a very good chance that they will all survive this time around,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

This year could well be a record breaker and William Hill offer 20/1 about any player bagging a double hat-trick and the same price that any team scores 10 or more goals in a single game. However, some things never change and 11/4 is offered that any opposition side wins a penalty at Old Trafford.

Discipline will be at the forefront of everybody’s mind after Branislav Ivanovic’s red card in the Community Shield and William Hill offer 6/1 that QPR are the side that sees the most reds while their manager Mark Hughes is 9/1 favourite to be the first manager to be sent to the stands.

William Hill Premier League Specials:

Three promoted sides to stay up: 3/1

Goalkeeper to score at any point during the season: 16/1

Any opposition side to win a penalty at Old Trafford: 1/4 yes; 11/4 no

Player to score 6 or more goals in a single EPL game: 20/1

Any side to score 10 or more goals in a single EPL game: 20/1

Any player to score 30 or more goals in a single season: 1/5 no; 10/3 yes

Englishman to be top EPL scorer: 2/1

First manager to be sent to the stands this season: 9/1 Mark Hughes; 11/1 Paul Lambert; 11/1 David Moyes; 12/1 Roberto Mancini; 12/1 Tony Pulis; 12/1 Martin O’Neill; 12/1 Andre Villas-Boas; 12/1 Sam Allardyce; 16/1 Arsene Wenger; 16/1 Martin Jol; 16/1 Alan Pardew; 16/1 Chris Hughton; 16/1 Nigel Adkins; 16/1 Michael Laudrup; 16/1 Steve Clarke; 20/1 Roberto Di Matteo; 20/1 Brendan Rodgers; 20/1 Sir Alex Ferguson; 20/1 Brian McDermott; 25/1 Roberto Martinez
*bets settled by date of first manager sent to the stands, not by fixture round

Club with most red cards: 6/1 QPR; 9/1 Arsenal; 9/1 Stoke; 9/1 West Ham; 10/1 Sunderland; 11/1 Aston Villa; 11/1 West Brom; 16/1 Chelsea; 16/1 Everton; 16/1 Manchester City; 16/1 Reading; 16/1 Southampton; 16/1 Swansea; 16/1 Tottenham; 20/1 Liverpool; 20/1 Manchester United; 20/1 Newcastle; 20/1 Norwich; 20/1 Wigan; 25/1 Fulham

English Premier League outright: 6/5 Manchester City; 5/2 Manchester United; 5/1 Chelsea; 12/1 Arsenal; 16/1 Liverpool; 25/1 Tottenham; 150/1 BAR

English Premier League relegation: 1/1 Reading; 5/4 Norwich; 11/8 Southampton; 13/8 Wigan; 15/8 Swansea; 9/4 West Ham; 7/2 QPR; 7/2 West Brom; 6/1 Stoke; 7/1 BAR

Top goalscorer: 7/1 Sergio Aguero; 7/1 Wayne Rooney; 8/1 Fernando Torres; 8/1 Robin van Persie; 16/1 Carlos Tevez; 16/1 Luis Suarez; 20/1 Danny Welbeck; 20/1 Darren Bent; 20/1 Javier Hernandez; 20/1 Lukas Podolski; 20/1 Mario Balotelli; 20/1 Nickica Jelavic; 20/1 Papiss Cisse; 25/1 BAR

Joe Crilly
Press Officer

Twitter: @footy_joe

T: 0208 918 3746
M: 07850 518 164
E: jcrilly@williamhill.co.uk

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William Hill Invest £1 Million In England’s Future

The dream of playing for England, of pulling on the famous white shirt, of scoring the winner in the World Cup Final, will remain exactly that for most of us – a dream. With Official England Supporter, William Hill, this summer, however, you can show your support by backing your child or relation.

William Hill are investing £1 million in the future of the England football teams by allowing punters to back their young cubs to grow into lions or lionesses. Entitled ‘Back your Pride and Joy,’ customers will get a free £5 bet certificate at odds of 1000/1 if their ‘pride and joy’ plays for the England men’s or women’s senior team. William Hill will be offering maximum of £1 million worth of stakes in what is bound to be a very popular promotion so punters need to get in there quick to back their ‘pride and joy’.

To qualify, customers simply need to go in shop or online and have a bet on any football market then visit www.williamhill.com/playforengland to customise their own £5 free bet certificate.

William Hill have form when it comes to this kind of bet as England International goalkeeper, Chris Kirkland, will attest. When he was eleven years old, Kirkland’s father backed his son at 100/1 to win a senior England cap. After a few injury scares, Chris eventually won an England cap in 2006 against Greece and netted his proud father a cool £10,000.

Eddie Kirkland, who owes a massive debt of gratitude to his long suffering wife Marie, 53, who encouraged Chris and him every step of the way, said: ‘When I placed my bet 20 years ago, I only wish they had given me a 1000-1 – this is a fantastic opportunity for families with talented offspring’

‘It was never about the money for me once Chris had made the grade – though if I’d had more I’d have put more on back when he was a youngster as I could see his ability shining through. ‘But it’s not about the parents – it’s all about the children. They have got to want to do it themselves. ‘They have to want to play and enjoy playing – my advice to any youngster is the same that I gave to Chris just make sure you enjoy it.”

Chris(31) is now a father himself and is hoping his William Hill ‘Back Your Pride and Joy’ certificate will pay dividends in the coming years ‘At a 1000-1 it’s a great opportunity for a family to get a small fortune for free – I have my certificate for my 5-year-old daughter, Lucy, to play for the England senior women’s football side.’

“Chris Kirkland’s father had no doubt that his son would go on to represent his country and we are offering our punters the same opportunity to back their young cubs to become lions or lionesses,” said William Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly. “Your child could be the next Wayne Rooney or Kelly Smith and you can now back them to do their nation proud.”<

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Birmingham Connection Vying For Number 1 Spot…danish Manager 9/1 For Title To Save His Bacon

Roy Hodgson has called Birmingham’s goalkeeping coach, Dave Watson, onto his coaching staff, sparking rumours that three former or current Birmingham keepers could be called up to the Euros squad. Former keeper Joe Hart is 1/500 to be in the squad, with another ex-Birmingham keeper, Ben Foster, offered at 1/2 to go the Euros. Current England U21 goalkeeper, Jack Butland, currently working under Watson at Birmingham, is 4/1 to make it onto the plane to Poland and the Ukraine.

“Dave Watson has overseen the developments of a number of good goalkeepers and it can only be a good thing that a number of the contenders for the goalkeeper’s jersey have previous experience of him,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

Wolves have announced Stale Stolbakken as their new manager and William Hill make him 9/1 to win the League in his first season and 11/4 to get Wolves back into the Premier League via any means necessary. Wolves are 12/1 to be relegated next season.

Amidst reports that Roy Hodgson has already spoken to Steven Gerrard, William Hill have slashed his price of being England captain against France at the Euros from 13/8 to 8/11. Former favourite, Scott Parker has gone from 6/5 to 2/1, while goalkeeper Joe Hart is the 13/2 third favourite.

England Captain vs France at Euro 2012: 8/11 Gerrard; 2/1 Parker; 13/2 Hart; 20/1 Ferdinand; 20/1 Lampard; 25/1 Barry; 50/1 A. Cole. Others on request…

Goalkeepers to go to the Euros:

Joe Hart: 1/500 yes; 33/1 no
Ben Foster: 1/2 yes; 6/4 no
David Stockdale: 6/4 yes; 1/2 no
John Ruddy: 11/2 yes; 1/10 no
Jack Butland: 4/1 yes; 1/7 no
Frank Fielding: 10/1 yes; 1/33 no
Scott Loach: 16/1 yes; 1/100 no
Rob Green: 1/3 yes; 9/4 no

Wolves in the Championship:

12/1 Relegation
11/4 Promotion
9/1 Win the league

***********************PREMIER LEAGUE FINAL DAY SPECIALS******************************


William Hill offer 7/1 that exactly thirty goals will be scored on the Premier League’s final day of the season this weekend, setting a record number of goals for the whole season – 1063. Hills also offer 4/1 that 31 or more will be scored, 1/ 4 that 29 or fewer will hit the back of the net. ‘Goals seem to have been plentiful – and often spectacular this season and it would be fitting for the record to be broken on the final day’


Hills MAKE PETER CROUCH AND DEMBA PAPISS CISSE Even money joint favourites to win the MotD Goal of the Season, with Luis Suarez 8/1, and 20/1 any other player.
Hills have also opened a book on which team will score the latest goal on the last day of the season and make Man City 8/1 favourites to do so. ‘The bet is termed ‘last’ goal of season but will be decided on the latest time recorded for a goal in any of the final ten games’ said Sharpe.

Team Scoring Last Goal Of Prem Season_
Man City 8/1
Chelsea 10/1
Tottenham 10/1
Wigan 10/1
Man Utd 10/1
Arsenal 11/1
Everton 12/1
Norwich 12/1
Stoke 12/1
Liverpool 12/1
Swansea 14/1
West Brom 14/1
Newcastle 14/1
Aston Villa 14/1
Bolton 14/1
Blackburn 16/1
Wolves 16/1
Sunderland 20/1
Fulham 20/1
QPR 25/1
“Settled by match minute, including time added on (e.g 90+3, as taken from BBC Sport website). Dead heat rules apply.”
One quarter the odds a place 1,2,3

TO WIN PREM TITLE – 1/9 Man C; 5/1 Man U
TO FINISH 3RD- 4/9 Arsenal; 7/4 Spurs; 33/1 Newcastle
TO FINISH 4TH – 4/7 Spurs; 2/1 Arsenal; 11/2 Newcastle
TO BE RELEGATED – 4/11 Bolton; 2/1 Spurs

TO WIN NEXT SEASOPN PREM TITLE….11/8 Man C; 11/4 Man U; 4/1 Chelsea; 6/1 Arsenal; 25/1 Spurs; 33/1 Liverpool; 125/1 Newcastle. Others on request.

Highest Scoring Match_
Man City v QPR 3/1
Chelsea v Blackburn 4/1
Sunderland v Man Utd 11/2
West Brom v Arsenal 11/2
Wigan v Wolves 15/2
Norwich v Aston Villa 8/1
Swansea v Liverpool 8/1
Tottenham v Fulham 10/1
Everton v Newcastle 12/1
Stoke v Bolton 12/1
E/W 1/5TH ODD 1-2-3

FOOTBALL_Highest Scoring Team_
Man City 2/1
Chelsea 11/2
Man Utd 6/1
Tottenham 8/1
Wigan 8/1
Arsenal 10/1
Norwich 16/1
Stoke 16/1
Liverpool 16/1
Everton 20/1
Swansea 20/1
Aston Villa 20/1
West Brom 25/1
Newcastle 25/1
Bolton 25/1
Blackburn 50/1
Wolves 50/1
Sunderland 66/1
Fulham 66/1
QPR 100/1
E/W ¼ ODDS 1-2-3

FOOTBALL_Fastest Scoring Team_
Man City 8/1
Chelsea 10/1
Tottenham 10/1
Wigan 10/1
Man Utd 10/1
Arsenal 11/1
Everton 12/1
Norwich 12/1
Stoke 12/1
Liverpool 12/1
Swansea 14/1
West Brom 14/1
Newcastle 14/1
Aston Villa 14/1
Bolton 14/1
Blackburn 16/1
Wolves 16/1
Sunderland 20/1
Fulham 20/1
QPR 25/1
E/W ¼ ODDS 1-2-3

Joe Crilly
Press Officer

Twitter: @footy_joe

T: 0208 918 3746
M: 07850 518 164
E: jcrilly@williamhill.co.uk

William Hill Press Office; Greenside House; 50 Station Road; Wood Green; London; N22 7TP

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8/1 Chelsea Hold Firm At The Bridge… Are Newcastle The Most Entertaining Premier League Side Ever?

CHELSEA are up against it in their Champions League semi final with William Hill making the home side 4/1 to win the match and Barcelona odds on at 8/11 to return to the Nou Camp with the advantage. Chelsea‘s back line will have to stand firm against the predicted barrage and Hills are offering 8/1 that Roberto Di Matteo’s men win to nil.

“Punters are backing Barcelona as if they cannot lose but Chelsea have been waiting a few years for revenge and it could come on Wednesday night,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

If any Barcelona player has to be stopped, it is Lionel Messi and William Hill are offering odds on who will be the first to foul him, making Michael Essien and Raul Meireles the 6/1 joint favourites with John Terry and John Obi Mikel both 7/1. Messi is 12/5 to outscore the entire Chelsea team on Wednesday night.

To celebrate 20 years of the Premier League, the FA are doing a ’20 Seasons Of Premier League Awards’ and amongst the categories are best goal, best match and best celebration. Bookmakers, William Hill make Dennis Bergkamp (vs Newcastle 2001/02) and Paolo Di Canio (vs Wimbledon 1999/2000) the joint 9/2 favourites to win the award while Matt Le Tissier (vs Blackburn 1994/95) and Thierry Henry (vs Manchester Utd 2000/01) are 11/2 joint third favourites.

It is not just the strikers getting recognised at the awards however, as the men between the sticks are also represented by the ‘Best Save of the 20 Seasons’ Awards. Possibly the greatest ever Premier League goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel, shares 4/1 favouritism for the award with his effort against Newcastle in the 1997/98 season, with Joe Hart (vs Liverpool 2007/08) the same price. Craig Gordon (vs Bolton Wanderers 2010/11) is the 5/1 third favourite.

Newcastle are involved in the three favourites for the ‘Match of the 20 Years’ award with their 3-4 defeat to Liverpool in 1995/96 offered at 8/15 (having originally opened at 4/1). Their thrilling 4-4 comeback against Arsenal in 2010/11 is offered at 8/1 and their 5-0 victory over Manchester United in 1996/97 9/1.

“There have been some fantastic performances throughout the 20 years of the Premier League, although perhaps none as entertaining as the Liverpool win that effectively ended Newcastle’s title aspirations in 1995/96 and that match is clear favourite to win,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

20 Years Of The Premier League Awards:

Best Goal: 9/2 Dennis Bergkamp; 9/2 Paolo Di Canio; 11/2 Matt Le Tissier (vs Blackburn 94/95); 11/2 Thierry Henry; 7/1 Eric Cantona; 8/1 Alan Shearer; 8/1 Tony Yeboah; 9/1 Wayne Roney; 10/1 Matt Le Tissier (vs Newcastle 93/94); 10/1 David Beckham

Best Save: 4/1 Joe Hart; 4/1 Peter Schmeichel (vs Newcastle); 5/1 Craig Gordon; 11/2 Jussi Jaskelainen; 11/2 Peter Schmeichel (vs Liverpool); 7/1 Tomasz Kuszczak (vs Wigan); 8/1 Carlo Cudicini; 12/1 Brad Friedel; 12/1 Tomasz Kuszczak (vs Birmingham); 14/1 Shay Given

Best Match: 8/15 Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle 95/96; 8/1 Newcastle 4-4 Arsenal 10/11; 9/1 Newcastle 5-0 Man Utd 96/97; 10/1 Arsenal 4-4 Tottenham 08/09; 10/1 anchester United 4-3 Manchester City 09/10; 10/1 Liverpool 4-4 Arsenal 08/09; 11/1 Tottenham 3-5 Manchester United 01/02; 11/1 Manchester United 8-2 Arsenal 11/12; 16/1 Manchester United 1-6 Manchester City 11/12; 20/1 Portsmouth 7-4 Reading 07/08

Champions League:

First Player to foul Messi: 6/1 Michael Essien; 6/1 Raul Meireles; 7/1 John Terry; 7/1 John Obi Mikel; 8/1 Ramires; 8/1 David Luiz; 8/1 Gary Cahill; 9/1 Branislav Ivanovic; 10/1 Frank Lampard; 10/1 Juan Mata; 10/1 Oriol Romeu; 11/1 Jose Bosingwa; 12/1 Salomon Kalou; 12/1 Ashley Cole; 12/1 Paulo Ferreira; 16/1 Didier Drogba; 16/1 Daniel Sturridge; 16/1 Florent Malouda; 20/1 Fernando Torres

Goalscorer match bet: 2/1 Chelsea; 12/5 Lionel Messi; 1/1 Tie

Gareth Bale to join Barca before end of summer transfer window: 9/2 yes; 1/8 no

4/1 Chelsea; 8/11 Barcelona; 5/2 draw

8/1 Chelsea to win to nil

Joe Crilly
Press Officer

Twitter: @footy_joe

T: 0208 918 3746
M: 07850 518 164
E: jcrilly@williamhill.co.uk

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Ronald Reng Wins World’s Oldest And Richest Sports Book Prize Winner Of ‘bookie Prize’ Revealed

Celebrated journalist Ronald Reng was today announced the winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2011, for A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke. One of the greatest honours in sportswriting, Reng’s biography of Robert Enke, the German national goalkeeper who suffered from depression and took his own life two years ago, was praised by the judging panel for its powerful and insightful nature as well as its sensitivity and sincerity.

A Life Too Short examines the tumultuous life and untimely demise of a man who, from the outside, appeared to have it all. It tells the tragedy of Enke’s struggles against his own demons and brings into sharp relief the demands and fears faced by those who play top-level sport.

First published in Germany (as Robert Enke: Ein allzu kurzes Leben), Reng’s book was met with widespread praise and soon became an international bestseller. Translated into English by Shaun Whiteside and published by Yellow Jersey Press in the UK earlier this autumn, it represents the first translated title to have won the prize.

William Hill spokesman and co-founder of the prize, Graham Sharpe, said: “Robert Enke was one of Germany’s greatest goalkeepers and his tragic death shocked the world. Ronald Reng’s intimate portrait – vivid, powerful and moving – is an outstanding piece of sportswriting and a very worthy winner of the prize”.

Acclaimed sports journalist Ronald Reng has written for a variety of publications across Europe and is also the author of The Keeper of Dreams: One Man’s Controversial Story of Life in the English Premiership, the story of goalkeeper Lars Leese and his time at Barnsley. Reng first met Robert Enke in 2002. The two men soon became friends, and though they never discussed Enke’s depression, it was their intention to one day work together on his autobiography.

Reng was named the winner of the 23rd William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award at a lunchtime ceremony at Waterstone’s Piccadilly, Europe’s biggest bookstore. As well as a £23,000 cheque, presented by prize judge and broadcaster John Inverdale and last year’s winner Brian Moore, Reng also receives a £2,000 William Hill bet, a hand-bound copy of his book, and a day at the races.


For further information please contact Anwen Hooson at Riot Communications on
020 3174 0118 / 07899 798885 / anwen@riotcommunications.com or
Graham Sharpe, William Hill Media Relations Director on 020 8918 3731 / 07803 233702.

• This year’s prize was open to any full-length book, providing the subject was predominantly sporting, published for the first time in the UK between 30th September 2010 and 29th September 2011.
• The runners up for this year’s award will receive £3,000 cash, a leather-bound copy of their book, and a free £1,000 bet. Longlisted authors received a free £500 bet and a certificate. The total prize fund for this year’s award is over £50,000.

• The judging panel for this year’s award consisted of broadcaster and writer John Inverdale; award-winning journalist Hugh McIlvanney; broadcaster Danny Kelly; and columnist and author, Alyson Rudd. Chairman of the judging panel was John Gaustad, co-creator of the award and founder of the Sportspages bookshop.

• The shortlist for this year’s award was made up of seven titles rather than the usual six, to reflect the late addition of Paul Kimmage’s Engage: The Fall and Rise of Matt Hampson. The shortlist in full:
1. Among The Fans: From Ashes to the Arrows, a Year of Watching the Watchers by Patrick Collins (Wisden Sports Writing)
2. Into The Arena: The World of the Spanish Bullfight by Alexander Fiske-Harrison (Profile Books)
3. The Ghost Runner: The Tragedy of the Man They Couldn’t Stop by Bill Jones (Mainstream Publishing)
4. Engage: The Fall and Rise of Matt Hampson by Paul Kimmage (Simon & Schuster)
5. Racing Through The Dark: The Fall and Rise of David Millar by David Millar (Orion)
6. A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke by Ronald Reng (Yellow Jersey Press)
7. 32 Programmes by Dave Roberts (Bantam Press)

2010 – Beware of the Dog: Rugby’s Hardman Reveals All by Brian Moore
2009 – Harold Larwood: The Authorized Biography of the World’s Fastest Bowler by Duncan Hamilton
2008 – Coming Back to Me: The Autobiography by Marcus Trescothick
2007 – Provided You Don’t Kiss Me: 20 Years With Brian Clough by Duncan Hamilton
2006 – Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson by Geoffrey Ward
2005 – My Father and Other Working-Class Football Heroes by Gary Imlach
2004 – Basil D’Oliveira: Cricket and Controversy by Peter Oborne
2003 – Broken Dreams: Vanity, Greed and the Souring of British Football by Tom Bower
2002 – In Black and White: The Untold Story of Joe Louis and Jesse Owens by Donald McRae
2001 – Seabiscuit: The True Story of Three Men and a Racehorse by Laura Hillenbrand
2000 – It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life by Lance Armstrong
1999 – A Social History of English Cricket by Derek Birley
1998 – Angry White Pyjamas: An Oxford Poet Trains with the Tokyo Riot Police by Robert Twigger
1997 – A Lot of Hard Yakka: Triumph and Torment – A County Cricketer’s Life by Simon Hughes
1996 – Dark Trade: Lost in Boxing by Donald McRae
1995 – A Good Walk Spoiled: Days and Nights on the PGA Tour by John Feinstein
1994 – Football Against the Enemy by Simon Kuper
1993 – Endless Winter: The Inside Story of the Rugby Revolution by Stephen Jones
1992 – Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby
1991 – Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times by Thomas Hauser
1990 – Rough Ride: Behind the Wheel with a Pro Cyclist by Paul Kimmage
1989 – True Blue: The Oxford Boat Race Mutiny by Daniel Topolski and Patrick Robinson

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