Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Pete Rose haunts League Two

A collection of idiots

Betting can be fun, when done in the right conditions. However, if you play for Accrington Stanley, you might want to put your money on boxing or horse racing, as betting on your own team is decidedly dumb.

Four of 'em found out the hard way, and one Bury player too, as the five were caught betting on an away win in the final match of their League Two season, which visitors Bury won 2-0.

Serious punishments await the guilty -- then-Accrington lads Jay Harris, David Mannix, Robert Williams and Peter Cavanagh, along with Bury's Andrew Mangan -- including long-term suspensions. Plenty of time to figure out who's winning the 2.17pm at Kempton, then.

As we all now know, Pete Rose made a lengthy habit of betting on his Cincinnati Reds while there as player and manager, and this quintet of idiots thought they'd try their hand at the same thing, said an FA statement:
"All five are alleged to have placed bets on Bury to win this match. Mannix is alleged to have placed stakes to the value of approximately £4,000; Mangan £3,500; Harris £2,000; Williams £1,000; and Cavanagh on a £5 accumulator.
Really, Peter... you're facing a long-term ban from the game for a 5 pound bet? I'd suggest you not bother next time.

Unsurprisingly to some, three of the players involved are from the Liverpool area -- Mannix and Cavanagh were former LFC trainees, while Harris was a trainee at Everton -- showing once again just why us Scouse aren't exactly known for our brains (myself excepted, of course).

The five have until April 23 to prepare and perfect their finest groveling and contrition impressions.

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