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.

  1. Craig Liddell 13 years ago


    I bet £100 on Adam Rooney at 4/1 and they have not paid. I am in the same position I watched the scorer getting announced then checked my account and it hadn’t been credited I watched the highlights myself and thought Rooney had got it so I did a bit if investigating and it is on the official spl website as Rooney so I phoned Inverness to ask them and they said
    Forlan has been credited with it so I let it go. Not now I am going to email hills this morning quoting yourself and mention Paddy Power and see what they say. I follow your website every day since the start (got the link from selectabet.com) and it is getting better all the time keep it up
    Will let you know how I get on

    • Chris Guy 13 years ago

      Hi Craig, sorry to hear about this mate. The truth in the matter is, you are highly unlikely to receive a payout from William Hill, infact they are the worst for paying out when it comes to these kind of things. Years ago i put a bet on John Hartson to score the first goal for Celtic against Rangers. Celtic won 1-0 with Hartson scoring but his goal took a massive deflection. Most bookies paid out on Hartson but some paid out on No goalscorer, including William Hill. This was about 6 years ago. Mr fixit fought our corner and all the bookies paid out on Hartson and Paddy Power even paid out on the double result Hartson and No goalscorer. They were the only bookie that did so. William Hill were the only bookies to dig their heels and refused to pay out Hartson. I know this because my uncle Charlie had £100 on him. It is really unfair but if they are not willing to budge there is nothing much you can do. Why don’t you tell them to watch the video of the goal. I hope you get something.

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  2. Bert Cox 13 years ago

    Was periodically checking the game via live txt on the BBC website and after the scorer was corrected to Forlan I never thought anymore about it.
    After seeing on here that Paddy Power and McBookie had paid out on Rooney I queried it with Coral who never paid out either.
    Was only a fiver at 4/1 but its still annoying!

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