Chris O (follow on Twitter: @COakleyFtbl)
Sun 25 May 2008

Champions League 'You Bet' - The result

A belated update, now, on how well we did in our Champions League You Bet feature.

You'll remember we were having a weekly £1 bet to raise money for Little League Football, a charity that aims to help those less fortunate kids around Britain that can't find a local football team or pay for the required entry fees.

Back in September last year, we started off with £10 in our kitty, won £3.75 in Week 1, then promptly lost our £1 stake every week until the Champions League Final last Wednesday. At that point, and not without a huge sense of irony, we won again - this time the princely sum of £4.50 (thank you Cristiano Ronaldo).

All of which left us with a final not-so-grand total of £5.25. Not great, I think you'll all agree, but at least we didn't end the competition with no money at all.

With the competition now over, I have a couple of things to say. Firstly, given the fact that we started off with £10 sloshing around in our slush fund, it'd be only fair to not just give Little League Football the £5.25 they're due but to round it up to £10. That in itself isn't much in the overall scheme of things, but it's a bit better than £5.25.

Secondly, if you're feeling frustrated that we didn't win more, don't let that stop you. There's still an open opportunity for you to give a donation to Little League Football simply by clicking here and telling them you'd like to help.

Finally, I just want to say a huge 'thank you' to everyone that registered a vote or left a comment throughout this season's run of 'You Bet'. Given the amount of success we had in raising money through it, I wouldn't have been surprised if you'd have all given up and left in your droves. The fact that you maintained your interest in it right to the end means a lot, so thanks for taking part once again.

Having played 'You Bet' on an off over the last two years and not won a great deal of money through it, I doubt if you'll be seeing it again in the 2008/09 season, but let me know if you'd like it to return. If nothing else, we aim to please here at SPAOTP... :-)

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