Free bet raises funds for Norwich academy

PUBLISHED: 14:26 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:43 10 September 2010

Billy Dixon of Dixmar Racing presenting the latest Pinkun Pickers contribution to John Landamore of Friends of Norwich City Youth.

Billy Dixon of Dixmar Racing presenting the latest Pinkun Pickers contribution to John Landamore of Friends of Norwich City Youth.

Michael Bailey

Norwich City fans from all over the world have clubbed together through the Pinkun messageboard to raise money for the Canaries' youth system. And they use a novel way to do it - by predicting a handful of football fixtures each weekend and putting down a free £10 accumulator bet with Norwich bookmaker Dixmar Racing.

Norwich City fans from all over the world have clubbed together through the Pinkun messageboard to raise money for the Canaries' youth system.

And they use a novel way to do it - by predicting a handful of football fixtures each weekend and putting down a free £10 accumulator bet with Norwich bookmaker Dixmar Racing.

The idea was first posted by Norwich City fans and regular Pinkun poster Ray Ducker, or Arrdee as he is better known at the start of last season and has become a regular feature on the messageboard.

Last season saw four winning weeks and a host of near misses earn £212 for Friends of Norwich City Youth, with the latest presentation for £123 taking place ahead of the Canaries' first home fixture against Blackpool.

This term the pickers are looking to top that figure and have already made a cracking start, correctly picking six of last weekend's fixtures and pocketing £138 for FONCY thanks to the support and some generous odds from Dixmar's Billy Dixon.

Eddie Edwards, who posts as Nutty Nigel and has supported the thread since its inception, believes it is great that a message board community, with posters from all over the world, comes together every week in an attempt to raise money for the football club.

“The free bet thread seems more popular than ever this season,” said Eddie. “The first two weeks haven't produced a win for the academy they get a lot of interest, and many websites don't get as many hits as the Free Bet Thread.”

Anyone wishing to join in with the Pinkun's 'Free Bet Pickers' should keep an eye out for the free bet thread, the Thursday before each weekend's fixtures.

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