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

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

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 / 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

Fabio Set To Join Green Party

William Hill – England v Japan Specials
William Hill have again cut Robert Green to start in goal for England against USA. “Green had drifted out to 11/2 but starting the first half against Mexico and pulling off some decent saves seems to have persuaded punters that he has every chance of heading the Keepers pecking order”, said Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe as they shortened Green from 9/4 to 13/8 with David James now out to Even money favourite from 4/5. Joe Hart has drifted out to 10/3.

Hills have also opened a book on how many goalkeepers England will use during the tournament and offer 4/11 one, 9/4 two, 11/1 three or more.

Hills make England 1/4 to beat Japan on Sunday with the draw at 4/1 and a Japan victory 7/1.

William Hill – England v Japan Specials:
How many of England’s starting XI v Japan will start the first match of the World Cup Finals v USA: 11/2 0-5; 7/4 6-7; 5/4 8-9; 4/1 10-11.
Player to start v USA Doubles: 4/5 Rooney & Crouch, 5/4 Rooney & Heskey, 12/1 Rooney & Defoe, 12/1 Rooney and none of the above. (others on request).

William Hill – England v Japan Specials
5/6 Shunsuke or Kengo Nakamura to be substituted during the game v England.
7/1 Shunsuke Nakamura to score direct from a free kick.
13/2 Any own goal scored England v Japan.
3/1 Any goal scored directly from a header.
9/4 Player to start v Japan and not make the final England 23 man World Cup squad.
9/1 England not to qualify from their World Cup group and Capello to leave the England job.

Further information from Graham Sharpe……07803 233702.