PUNTERS were singing the praises of Paddy Power after the bookies agreed to pay out on two first scorers in the midweek Inverness v Hibs match.
The decision thrilled one customer who pocketed a bumper £9200. Jamie Stewart of Paisley contacted me after the official arbiters of first goals credited Rooney then changed to give the opener to Richie Foran.
Stunned Jamie watched £9200 credited to his account then saw it taken out again. Paddy Power and other firms pay out on whatever the Press Association say so they were simply going by the rules.
However, Jamie and others asked me to find out if Paddy Power, who have built up a reputation for fair play, would consider settling on both players as TV evidence couldn’t prove who scored.
Foran’s header hit the post and as it ran along the line Rooney tapped it in. Was it over before he did – who knows? Paddy Power agreed there was enough doubt to merit a double pay-out.
That means a sensational £9200 win for Jamie who had a £75 first-scorer treble on Rooney, Celtic’s Gary Hooper and Inter Milan’s Samuel Eto’o.
Jamie said: “Paddy Power are the fairest and best bookie and I’ve been telling folks this for ages. To pay me is great and I can’t thank them enough.”
Christopher Guy of Bonhill, another who asked me to fight his corner, won £756 for a £25 double on Rooney first and Kris Commons last.
He said: “If it had been any other bookie but Paddy Power I wouldn’t have held my breath.”
Paddy Power himself said: “Mr Fixit was right to query the goal even though he, like us, can’t work out who actually scored it!
“I’ve watched it countless times with all our football traders and we still can’t agree who scored the goal.
“It sounds like half of Scotland also can’t decide who got the goal so perhaps Rooney and Foran themselves can help us all settle the argument.”
McBookie.com also paid out on both players but I don't know of any others who did. If you backed Rooney and didn't get paid out let me know.