By Dean Wilkins
Making your Manchester United debut is one way to make your father proud, but Ryan Tunnicliffe went one better after netting his dad £10,000 when he came on as a substitute last night.
The 19-year-old’s dad Mick placed £100 on a 100-1 wager on his son eleven years ago after he joined United’s youth academy.
And after holding onto his betting slip for more than a decade, Mr Tunnicliffe was finally able to cash it in as he proudly watched his boy don a United shirt and play against Newcastle.
But Mr Tunnicliffe is not the only lucky dad to cash in on his son’s footballing success.
Former Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Chris Kirkland joined Coventry’s academy in 1997 and his father Eddie joined pals in putting a £100 bet on the youngster to play for England before the age of 30.
Nine years later, Kirkland was chosen by Steve McClaren to replace Paul Robinson against Greece and his father and friends shared £10,000 apiece.
DEBUT: Ryan Tunnicliffe comes on to make United debut
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