Ten fans are in the running to win Sky Bet’s Transfer Fund for 2014, which would see them winning £5000 for themselves and £250,000 in transfer funds for their club of choice. It’s an annual event which awards one ticket to each person who bets on a British football match during the course of the year. Earlier in the year, Sky Bet had claimed that Leeds had the most number of bets, but the true number of bets was kept under lock and key until today, when the Football League, in conjunction with Sky Bet announced the runners and riders for this years fund. Join us as we explore the shortlist below.
J Spurr (Huddersfield Town)
Tony Richards (Fulham)
Christopher Goodwin (Cardiff City)
Brenda Wall (Leeds United)
Jason Woods (Southend United)
Jay Dave (Watford)
Shaun Lander (Nottingham Forest)
Jason Worth (Exeter City)
Matthew Peat (Wigan Athletic)
Tom Howe (Leeds United)
Leeds United are the only club to appear twice on the list, which gives them a 1/5 chance of winning the transfer pot, whilst both Exeter City and Southend United are the lowest league clubs, and could seriously benefit from a cash injection of a quarter of a million pounds. Southend United in particular could use the money to match the price they paid for Billy Paynter in 06/07, whilst Exeter City could break their transfer budget, which was set back in the 91/92 season with Shaun Taylor who cost them a princely £220 thousand.
Elsewhere on the list it’s all Championship squads, with Huddersfield Town, Fulham, Cardiff, Wigan, Leeds (twice) and Nottingham Forest all featuring. They’re amongst the most supported clubs in the league, but it’s Leeds who have the most to be confident, with two appearances on the list. The injection could be just what Leeds need, as they’ve been looking to bring in a winger to make up for the lack of width in the team at present. Leeds could run in to trouble if they do win though, because they’ve been locked out of the January transfer window as a part of the punishments laid out the Football League’s Financial Fair Play rules, which state that a club cannot lose more than £8m in a year. Leeds failed that test as a result of the previous administration, who reportedly ran the club poorly. It’s unknown what happens if Leeds win the pot, and whether the prize can be deferred to the next transfer window, which might send the Sky contact number alight with questions from eager Leeds fans.
Huddersfield Town will also be eager to land the transfer fund, having struggled at the start of the season from mismanagement and a chronic lack of strikers. The transfer fund could allow them to pick up an exciting Premiership youth prospect on loan and use the £250,000 to cover wage payments.
Whoever wins, it’s clear that the Sky Bet Transfer fund has been an immense success, though it’s as yet unclear whether Sky Bet’s new owners will continue to see the value in such a scheme.
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