Grandad looks forward to Harry Wilson's first season as a professional with Liverpool FC

Published date: 24 July 2014 |
Published by: Rachel Nash
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PETER Edwards, of Corwen, won £125,000 last year after placing an unusual bet.

When his grandson Harry was just 18-months-old, Peter bet that he would one day represent his country at football.

Fast forward a decade-and-a-half and Harry, who is also from Corwen, made his senior debut for Wales against Belgium last October.

“When he was a baby, he’d be crawling around chasing after a ball all the time, and it was a spur of the moment thing to put a bet on,“ said Peter.

“I used to bet on horses sometimes, and I knew the manageress of a William Hill betting shop in Wrexham.

“I was telling her how I was convinced he’d be a footballer one day and that I wanted to put a bet on him playing for Wales.

“I wrote to the head of special bets at William Hill in London, and he offered me odds of 2500/1, so I ended up betting £50.

“I won £125,000, and it was the biggest amount they’d ever paid out for an individual special bet.

“I was delighted to win of course, but I was more proud than anything of Harry and what he’d achieved.”

Harry, who is an Academy player at Liverpool, became Wales’ youngest ever senior player after making his debut aged 16 years and 207 days.

The previous record holder was Gareth Bale, who is a hero of Harry’s, and the Real Madrid star was 108 days older.

“Harry didn’t expect to play against Belgium,“ said Mr Edwards.

“The Welsh team had a lot of injuries, and the England team had already approached him to play for them because he is eligible because his grandmother on his father’s side is from Chester.

“The Wales team were making sure he played for them I think!

“But Harry really wanted to play for Wales in any case.

“The money that I won didn’t cross my mind, I was just so proud of him.”

Former Ysgol Caer Drewyn pupil Harry, now 17, has been at Liverpool since he was eight years old.

“Harry is unbelievably laid back and takes it all in his stride,” said Mr Edwards.

“He’s really focused on playing, and he’s really modest about his achievements. When he was eight or nine he was player of the month at Liverpool’s Academy.

“He didn’t even mention it to any of us for weeks.

“He never brags about anything, he’s lovely about it all.

“I never discussed the bet with Harry because I didn’t want to put pressure on him.

“Also, you don’t put a bet on unless you’re prepared to lose it, and if he’d have wanted to play for England then of course the bet wouldn’t have mattered.”

Currently, Harry is in Holland with Liverpool’s U-21 team and he recently signed professional terms with the Anfield giants.

“I’m really optimistic for his progress this season. He’s really fast, he’s got unbelievable short distance pace. He’s always been really fast.

“And he’s got a hell of a left foot.”

Mr Edwards, who is the father of Harry’s mother Nicola, says that Harry’s footballing talent has nothing to do with him.

“I was never any good at football, but his dad was a really good amateur player. The Wilson side of the family are really good footballers.

“I couldn’t be prouder of Harry,” said Mr Edwards, who is a former electrical contractor.

“I’m really excited about what could happen for him this season.”

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