Bolton Wanderers coach resigns after betting on team to lose against QPR and boasting about it on Facebook

Matthew Dewhurst

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THE Bolton Wanderers academy coach at the centre of a betting controversy when he backed QPR to beat the Whites on Tuesday has resigned.

Wanderers confirmed that they have accepted the resignation of 23-year-old Matthew Dewhurst, a former strength and conditioning coach with the academy.

Mr Dewhurst, who bet £6 on a nine-match accumulator bet, winning £231.59 in the process, tendered his resignation at a meeting with club officials yesterday.

He appeared to be in breach of FA rules, as no employee of a football club is allowed to bet on any match their club is involved in, or any match from a competition their club participates in.

A Bolton Wanderers spokesman said: “After an internal investigation and a meeting with the club, Mr Dewhurst tendered his resignation and submitted a written apology to the club.

“Both have been accepted.”

Mr Dewhurst’s betting win became known when he posted a celebratory status on Facebook.

Two other Championship matches — Derby County’s 3-2 win over Yeovil and Reading’s 5-1 win over Blackpool — featured on Mr Dewhurst’s accumulator.

The remaining winning choices were victories for Swansea, Wolves, Chesterfield, Manchester United and Real Madrid, as well as a draw between Norwich and Newcastle.

There is no suggestion Mr Dewhurst attempted to influence the outcome of the match — which Wanderers lost 2-1, their third straight league defeat — in any way.

His status said: “Derby County, 0-2 down at home to Yeovil, come back to win 3-2 in the last min to win me £230 for my accumulator!! Buzzing!!”

The FA’s latest guide to betting states that their strict rules — brought in in 2012 in response to various gambling scandals — apply to players, managers, coaches, club medical staff, other club employees and staff, directors and licensed agents.


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11:24am Fri 31 Jan 14

William2701 says...

Pity he didn't take Douggie Freedman with him....
Pity he didn't take Douggie Freedman with him.... William2701
  • Score: 13

11:29am Fri 31 Jan 14

The Running Man says...

Hope he enjoys his winnings, he won't be getting any wages for a bit!
Hope he enjoys his winnings, he won't be getting any wages for a bit! The Running Man
  • Score: 2

11:53am Fri 31 Jan 14

I, Ludicrous says...

the overreaction to this has been appalling. He's done something silly. Nobody's died or been injured.
the overreaction to this has been appalling. He's done something silly. Nobody's died or been injured. I, Ludicrous
  • Score: 8

12:03pm Fri 31 Jan 14

dobbleman says...

I agree , unbelievable that this chaps basically been forced to resign.
Obviously if a Manager or Player bets the team to lose this is serious because they can have a bearing on the result and they should be sacked.

However someone so low down the chain shouldn`t be punished like he has .
A warning would have sufficed.
If there had been any malice in his betting i am pretty sure he would have place a much larger bet on the match alone and not just part of a pretty measley accumalator.
Also , i have been a season ticket holder for thirty years and i have bet against Bolton most matches this season. i hoped i would have lost money and didn`t want to win but unfortunately i did.
I agree , unbelievable that this chaps basically been forced to resign. Obviously if a Manager or Player bets the team to lose this is serious because they can have a bearing on the result and they should be sacked. However someone so low down the chain shouldn`t be punished like he has . A warning would have sufficed. If there had been any malice in his betting i am pretty sure he would have place a much larger bet on the match alone and not just part of a pretty measley accumalator. Also , i have been a season ticket holder for thirty years and i have bet against Bolton most matches this season. i hoped i would have lost money and didn`t want to win but unfortunately i did. dobbleman
  • Score: 5

12:44pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Reed Lover says...

I feel sorry for the guy especially as he cannot influence the result of games but rules are rules and many people in football think rules are for other people.
I feel sorry for the guy especially as he cannot influence the result of games but rules are rules and many people in football think rules are for other people. Reed Lover
  • Score: 2

1:02pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Citizen Cane says...

Yes it does look harsh doesn't it, BUT : 1) it's against the rules, 2) he's publicised the "offence" on social media and 3) it really doesn't look good to the fans when a BWFC employee effectively bets on the team losing - it's a PR disaster.
Yes it does look harsh doesn't it, BUT : 1) it's against the rules, 2) he's publicised the "offence" on social media and 3) it really doesn't look good to the fans when a BWFC employee effectively bets on the team losing - it's a PR disaster. Citizen Cane
  • Score: 5

1:15pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Alfieswhites says...

Fool!!
Fool!! Alfieswhites
  • Score: 4

1:50pm Fri 31 Jan 14

bnnewsisajoke says...

Hope whoever wrote this and the previous article are happy... your pathetic excuse for journalism (scouring facebook for stories) has cost a young man his dream job which no doubt he spent years studying at uni for... Makes me sick.

If you're struggling to find an article to write take a note out of your co-workers books and write a drivel filled story about Amir Khans wifes feelings.
Hope whoever wrote this and the previous article are happy... your pathetic excuse for journalism (scouring facebook for stories) has cost a young man his dream job which no doubt he spent years studying at uni for... Makes me sick. If you're struggling to find an article to write take a note out of your co-workers books and write a drivel filled story about Amir Khans wifes feelings. bnnewsisajoke
  • Score: -4

2:10pm Fri 31 Jan 14

boredofbolton says...

there really is nobody else to blame for this. its against the rules of the game and he would have known that. I don't see what the club have done wrong, he resigned from his post. it was the only option open to him really. i think that people just love to have a pop at BWFC. i'm not surprised the players don't give a hoot when the support is so bad. a few weeks ago it took just 54 seconds of a match before i heard the first boo. 54 seconds!

COYWM
there really is nobody else to blame for this. its against the rules of the game and he would have known that. I don't see what the club have done wrong, he resigned from his post. it was the only option open to him really. i think that people just love to have a pop at BWFC. i'm not surprised the players don't give a hoot when the support is so bad. a few weeks ago it took just 54 seconds of a match before i heard the first boo. 54 seconds! COYWM boredofbolton
  • Score: 5

2:43pm Fri 31 Jan 14

The Running Man says...

bnnewsisajoke wrote:
Hope whoever wrote this and the previous article are happy... your pathetic excuse for journalism (scouring facebook for stories) has cost a young man his dream job which no doubt he spent years studying at uni for... Makes me sick.

If you're struggling to find an article to write take a note out of your co-workers books and write a drivel filled story about Amir Khans wifes feelings.
His own foolishness cost him his dream. If you can't do the time don't do the crime!
[quote][p][bold]bnnewsisajoke[/bold] wrote: Hope whoever wrote this and the previous article are happy... your pathetic excuse for journalism (scouring facebook for stories) has cost a young man his dream job which no doubt he spent years studying at uni for... Makes me sick. If you're struggling to find an article to write take a note out of your co-workers books and write a drivel filled story about Amir Khans wifes feelings.[/p][/quote]His own foolishness cost him his dream. If you can't do the time don't do the crime! The Running Man
  • Score: 4

4:52pm Fri 31 Jan 14

biglad44 says...

Poor bloke it's not his fault wanders manager is out of touch with his team. Give him his job back.
Poor bloke it's not his fault wanders manager is out of touch with his team. Give him his job back. biglad44
  • Score: 0

6:05pm Fri 31 Jan 14

waterbottle says...

That is sad just for a £6 bet it wasn't life changing money
That is sad just for a £6 bet it wasn't life changing money waterbottle
  • Score: 2

6:23pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Citizen Cane says...

bnnewsisajoke wrote:
Hope whoever wrote this and the previous article are happy... your pathetic excuse for journalism (scouring facebook for stories) has cost a young man his dream job which no doubt he spent years studying at uni for... Makes me sick.

If you're struggling to find an article to write take a note out of your co-workers books and write a drivel filled story about Amir Khans wifes feelings.
It illustrates the perils and pitfalls of social media. This unfortunate lad is not the first and won't be the last to be impaled on their own posting.

It's most likely that a reader of social media spotted this and sent it into the BN and it is a public interest story that a BWFC employee is betting against the performance of the team. The article is true and verified. There is no reason why the BN should not publish it, which applies to anyone associated with a profile entity.

There is also a personal responsibility issue here which should not be ignored. Yes it is sad. Yes it is a learning experience. No it should not be censored.

And the press should not be censored - that is a key basis of freedom of speech and democracy.
[quote][p][bold]bnnewsisajoke[/bold] wrote: Hope whoever wrote this and the previous article are happy... your pathetic excuse for journalism (scouring facebook for stories) has cost a young man his dream job which no doubt he spent years studying at uni for... Makes me sick. If you're struggling to find an article to write take a note out of your co-workers books and write a drivel filled story about Amir Khans wifes feelings.[/p][/quote]It illustrates the perils and pitfalls of social media. This unfortunate lad is not the first and won't be the last to be impaled on their own posting. It's most likely that a reader of social media spotted this and sent it into the BN and it is a public interest story that a BWFC employee is betting against the performance of the team. The article is true and verified. There is no reason why the BN should not publish it, which applies to anyone associated with a profile entity. There is also a personal responsibility issue here which should not be ignored. Yes it is sad. Yes it is a learning experience. No it should not be censored. And the press should not be censored - that is a key basis of freedom of speech and democracy. Citizen Cane
  • Score: 3

12:05am Sat 1 Feb 14

wsw69 says...

bnnewsisajoke wrote:
Hope whoever wrote this and the previous article are happy... your pathetic excuse for journalism (scouring facebook for stories) has cost a young man his dream job which no doubt he spent years studying at uni for... Makes me sick.

If you're struggling to find an article to write take a note out of your co-workers books and write a drivel filled story about Amir Khans wifes feelings.
What a pillock! He would have been well aware of FA Rules. He has got what he deserves.

The young chaps actions have cost him his job by blabbing it all over a trashy social media website. The BN have not cost him his job - he has.
[quote][p][bold]bnnewsisajoke[/bold] wrote: Hope whoever wrote this and the previous article are happy... your pathetic excuse for journalism (scouring facebook for stories) has cost a young man his dream job which no doubt he spent years studying at uni for... Makes me sick. If you're struggling to find an article to write take a note out of your co-workers books and write a drivel filled story about Amir Khans wifes feelings.[/p][/quote]What a pillock! He would have been well aware of FA Rules. He has got what he deserves. The young chaps actions have cost him his job by blabbing it all over a trashy social media website. The BN have not cost him his job - he has. wsw69
  • Score: 3

1:40pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Lancashire always says...

Pity the players don't follow suit and resign when they don't deliver !!!!!
Pity the players don't follow suit and resign when they don't deliver !!!!! Lancashire always
  • Score: -1

4:23pm Sat 1 Feb 14

MrBenggo says...

Going off the subject of Bolton Wanderers,a few years ago Sean Long and another player from St Helens RL club bet on Saints to lose,they just got a warning.
Going off the subject of Bolton Wanderers,a few years ago Sean Long and another player from St Helens RL club bet on Saints to lose,they just got a warning. MrBenggo
  • Score: 0

7:04pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Citizen Cane says...

Given the result today, I wonder if there will be another investigation to identify the culprit this time?
Given the result today, I wonder if there will be another investigation to identify the culprit this time? Citizen Cane
  • Score: 3

7:09pm Sat 1 Feb 14

MrBenggo says...

Want a certainty,bet on Bolton to lose.
Want a certainty,bet on Bolton to lose. MrBenggo
  • Score: 1

1:15am Sun 2 Feb 14

Andyroost says...

dobbleman wrote:
I agree , unbelievable that this chaps basically been forced to resign.
Obviously if a Manager or Player bets the team to lose this is serious because they can have a bearing on the result and they should be sacked.

However someone so low down the chain shouldn`t be punished like he has .
A warning would have sufficed.
If there had been any malice in his betting i am pretty sure he would have place a much larger bet on the match alone and not just part of a pretty measley accumalator.
Also , i have been a season ticket holder for thirty years and i have bet against Bolton most matches this season. i hoped i would have lost money and didn`t want to win but unfortunately i did.
Exactly, not long ago i seem to remember brown envelopes flying round the reebok and nobody was sacked
[quote][p][bold]dobbleman[/bold] wrote: I agree , unbelievable that this chaps basically been forced to resign. Obviously if a Manager or Player bets the team to lose this is serious because they can have a bearing on the result and they should be sacked. However someone so low down the chain shouldn`t be punished like he has . A warning would have sufficed. If there had been any malice in his betting i am pretty sure he would have place a much larger bet on the match alone and not just part of a pretty measley accumalator. Also , i have been a season ticket holder for thirty years and i have bet against Bolton most matches this season. i hoped i would have lost money and didn`t want to win but unfortunately i did.[/p][/quote]Exactly, not long ago i seem to remember brown envelopes flying round the reebok and nobody was sacked Andyroost
  • Score: 1

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