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Tunnicliffe’s Dad Bet On His 9-year-old Son

Ryan Tunnicliffe has been at Manchester United since he was nine-years-old, having grown up just over 10 miles away from Old Trafford. When he joined the club, his dad put a £100 bet on that he would one day play for the first team.

Tunnicliffe has made his way up through the ranks at the club and won the Jimmy Murphy Player of the Year in 2011, an award previously won by the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Wes Brown and Danny Welbeck.

Tonight, he replaced Vermiji with just over ten minutes to go, pocketing his dad £10,000!

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  1. KVN says:

    Nice one Tunnicliffe snr

  2. Mikael says:

    First of many apperances I hope. Well done Ryan!

  3. Urmston red Hamiltino says:

    Bottle of red on its way to sir Alex!

  4. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Wow, shows the belief his dad had in him. I’m a big fan of tunnicliffe.. Great engine, a real no nonesense powerhouse in the making. I hope this will be one of his many appearances for united. You look at him and the other younger players we have coming through and I’m delighted.

  5. Utd4life says:

    Well Congratulations to Tunnicliffe Senior.

  6. Bishopville Red says:

    Well played, sir.


  7. parryheid says:

    His confidence in his boy was well founded.

  8. Chris says:

    Respect to his father for having faith in his sons football career, but who took the other side of the fathers bet? And who would take an open-ended bet like that? Sure, many people would pocket the 100 quid as a sure thing, but the bet had a HUGE downside of app. 10,000. We must assume he placed it with a legitimate betting company, or else his counterparty might have problems coughing up the 10 large, but which company would take on a crazy bet like that?

    All in all a nice story, but the whole ordeal sounds a little strange to me…

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  10. 0161-Jon says:

    He goes in hard, would be amazing if we could turn him into a midfield enforcer. I think he would excel.

  11. Nambuktu says:

    The belief he had in his son finally paid off.

  12. T. says:

    100 times the money? That bet wasn´t at all playable! Even for a lad of Tunnicliffe. there must be like a million kids out there in suburbs of manchester that want to play for our club, and 2 or 3 makes it.

    Hint to Tunnicliffe senior. Don´t go to the bookie with the russian accent next time and u will have a pretty fair chance. Those russians always make u pay!

  13. redbilly says:

    Congratulations Ryan. Looks a tough lad too. Its a fantastic return on a gamble, though I bet his father believes it was no gamble at all. Great belief in his son. Well we may see a new Ryan for the first team once gigg’s hangs up his boots.

    Well done.

  14. Costas says:

    King Eric probably won a bet too. ;)

  15. roadkill4u says:

    What I like about each of the kids that is coming thru is that there seems to be a bit of size and toughness about each of them. Woot and M. Keane are both big, strapping lads, Buttner has an edge to him and Tunnicliffe has the same. Mark that with Cleverley/Powell in the mid and you have a very solid team in the making already. Vermilj did so-so last night. Some very nice crosses and some that were not so good but that will come with time. Not everyone is Tony V!!

    All-in-all, a nice tidy performance and some quality time under the belts for what will be United’s future.


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