The KSR curse strikes again.
During yesterday’s radio show, Matt and the KSR crew discussed the newest phenomenon in English soccer, Sutton United second-string goalkeeper/janitor Wayne Shaw. Dubbed the “rollie pollie goalie,” the 46-year old 285-pounder had his time to shine when the fifth division club received the international spotlight against Arsenal in the FA Cup.
Shaw basked in the fame. At half time he went to the pub instead of the locker room. With ten minutes to play in the match, Shaw chowed down on a meat pie on the sideline.
— SteveBloomersWashing (@SBW_DCFC) February 20, 2017
Playing into the stereotype is good, innocent fun, right? Wrong. One gambling service had 8/1 odds that cameras would catch Shaw eating a pie. He shared his side of the story after the game.
“A few of the lads said to me earlier on: ‘What is going on with the 8-1 about eating a pie?’ I said: ‘I don’t know, I’ve eaten nothing all day, so I might give it a go later on,’” he said. “Sun Bets had us at 8-1 to eat a pie. I thought I would give them a bit of banter and let’s do it. All the subs were on and we were 2-0 down.
“I went and got it at half time from the kitchen, I had it all prepared and ready to go. It was meat and potato,” added Shaw.
Asked if he knew anyone had backed the bet, he replied: “I think there were a few people. Obviously we are not allowed to bet. I think a few of the mates and a few of the fans.
“It was just a bit of banter for them. It is something to make the occasion as well and you can look back and say it was part of it and we got our ticket money back.”
The United Kingdom’s Gambling Commission opened an investigation, prompting the club to ask for Shaw’s resignation. The Rollie Pollie Goalie’s 15-seconds of fame has destroyed his career with the club.