Saints fan loses out on £700 bet - after backing Cobblers!

A lifelong Saints supporter who backed his team to go unbeaten last season has missed out on a £700 windfall... because a bungling bookie placed his bet on the Cobblers instead.

Steve Baker could not believe his luck when he was offered odds of 20/1 for Jim Mallinder's men to take the National League One title and 50/1 for them to win every match, and placed a 10 bet on each outcome.

But when the father-of-two returned to the Northampton bookmaker to collect his winnings after Saints clinched promotion with a 100 per cent record, he was shocked to be told he had won nothing.

The 43-year-old contracts manager claims he should have received the winnings from Totesport in Wellingborough Road, Abington, but the betting firm says there was a "breakdown in communication".

Mr Baker, of The Hayride, East Hunsbury, said: "I put my money down in good faith. It's totally wrong.

"I was surprised at being offered such long odds because I knew Saints were among the favourites to go up, but the clerk insisted they were right when I placed the bets so I went away happy.

"I was elated when we finished the season with a 100 per cent record, but they've gone back on a promise. It's an absolute travesty."

According to Totesport, betting shop staff had thought Mr Baker was backing Northampton Town when he placed his bet on August 24 last year.

"We apologise to Mr Baker but unfortunately there has been a breakdown in communication," said Totesport spokesman Paul Petrie.

"The person who took the bet no longer works with us so we can't say for certain exactly what happened, but the odds that were given were actually for Northampton Town.

"Northampton Saints were never going to be 20/1 for the title as they were always clear favourites, and we don't take bets on National League One."

Mr Baker complained to the Independent Betting Adjudication Service, but the national gambling watchdog ruled in favour of Totesport.

A spokesman said: "There wasn't any alternative but to make the bets void. The prices were never on offer anyway so should never have been taken."