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History of Uk Pools Betting




"Breaking News! You can still get your share of football action by playing Uk Pools. The Pools Panel will be resulting in all canceled   

matches on pools coupons until live football resumes!"

Thanks to one of football’s longest-standing institutions, The Pools Panel, the game carries on as normal.

Pools Panel Carry On As Normal

The Football Pools Panel is made up of some of the UK’s legendary footballers. Panel chairman is Scotland International and Newcastle player, TONY GREEN. Joining Tony is IAN CALLAGHAN MBE, Liverpool FC’s highest appearing player of all time, and DAVID SADLER who played for Manchester United throughout the 1960s and 70s, being Caped four times for England.

Every week the Panel sits to adjudicate, based on their professional knowledge and opinions, on the most likely outcome of our selected scheduled fixtures.

The Panel continues to operate as normal, just as they have since 1963, to ensure that everyone stands a chance of winning a prize from the main pool in our Uk Pools game.



The Football Pools business is the world’s oldest football gaming company.


In the United Kingdom, the football pools often referred to as "the pools", is a betting pool based on predicting the outcome of top-level association football matches taking place in the coming week. The pools are typically cheap to enter, with the potential to win a very large sum of money. Entries were traditionally submitted through the post or via collector agents, although it is now possible to play online. Agents would have a specific area in which they collected entries; traditionally, they sold. The traditional and most popular game was the Treble Chance, now branded the Classic Pools game. Players pick 10, 11 or 12 football games from the offered fixtures to finish as a draw, in which each team scores at least one goal. The player with the most accurate predictions wins the top prize, or a share of it if more than one player has these predictions. In addition, there is a special £3,000,000 prize or share of it for correctly predicting the nine score draws (draws of 1-1 or higher) when these are the only score draws on the coupon. Players can win large cash prizes in a variety of other ways, under a points-based scoring system.


The pools business declined after the introduction of the National Lottery in 1994. Littlewoods, Vernons and Zetters were brought together in 2007 by Sportech under the brand 'The New Football Pools', now known as 'The Football Pools'. They offer other small stakes, high prize games such as Premier 10 and Jackpot 12. The football pools companies have traditionally been charitable, donating over £1.1 billion to sports-related causes.


Scoring schemes have varied over the years. The current Classic Pools game, based on the old Treble Chance game, uses a scoring scheme which awards three points to score draws (matches where both teams scored the same, strictly positive, number of goals), two points to no-score draws (matches where neither team scored a goal) and one point to both home wins (matches where the home team scored more goals than the away team) and away wins (matches where the away team scored more goals than the home team). The most famous historical scoring scheme differentiated between home wins and away wins, awarding one and a half points for games resulting in away wins. A scoring scheme used for only one year, split score draws into two categories, awarding three points only for matches ending 1–1 and two and a half points for higher-scoring score draws.

The total score of each line would be calculated, up to a maximum of 24 points. The highest-scoring line achieved by any player in that particular week's competition would be declared to be worth the top dividend, with a large proportion of the prize pool awarded to the players responsible for submitting the highest-scoring lines. Large football pools would award second and subsequent dividends, splitting smaller proportions of the prize pool among players who had submitted lines scoring nearly as many points; at its peak, the Littlewoods Treble Chance game would offer up to six dividends. During the northern hemisphere summer, when football leagues were not in operation in the United Kingdom, competitions were based on the results of football matches taking place in Australia.

As well as this scoring system, the current Classic Pools game has an available top prize of £3 million. In order to secure this £3 million prize or a share of it, the punter must successfully guess the nine score draws (draws of 1–1 or higher) when these are the only score draws on the coupon.

The other pools games currently provided by The Football Pools are based on entrants predicting the outcome; of results, scores and events in a variety of matches; rather than the awarding of points. Therefore, with the exception of the Premier 10 game (which pays out a smaller dividend for 9/10 correct as well as 10/10 correct[9]), the other games can only be won if all predictions are correct – if they are not all correct then the prize money is rolled over.[10][11][12][13]

The Pools Panel

Matches which were postponed would often have their results adjudicated, for the sake of the football pools results, by a board known as the Pools Panel which had been formed in 1963 when a particularly cold winter scrapped football for three weeks running.[14][15][16][17] Initially, it had five members who changed weekly: early members were ex-footballers Ted Drake, Tom Finney, Tommy Lawton, and George Young and ex-referee Arthur Edward Ellis.

By 1969 when Raich Carter joined, the other members were Neil Franklin, George Swindin, Arthur Ellis, Stan Mortensen, and Ian McColl, under the chairmanship of Sir Ronald Howe. They met in London's Connaught Rooms. It was rumoured that their remuneration was considerably in excess of the national wage of the time.[20]

By 1994, the panel members were Ellis, Gordon Banks, Roger Hunt, Tony Green, and Maurice Peston, and the panel was meeting at the London Hilton on Park Lane.[19] Other former members include Gerald Nabarro and Ronnie Simpson.[21][22]

The panel meets in private session each Saturday from November to April. Its decisions are released once all ongoing matches have entered half time, but before any final results are known.[19] By 2016, there were only three members: Banks, Green and Hunt.[18]

After the death of Banks in February 2019 and Hunt's retirement from the panel, they were replaced by Ian Callaghan and David Sadler, with Green continuing as a member of the three-man panel.


Until recently[when?], pools results were traditionally published in most national newspapers a day or two after the Saturday on which the matches were played. Grids marking the points totals per game were sometimes published, against which a pools coupon could be aligned to read off the scores.

The BBC television programme Grandstand used to broadcast the winning match numbers and any Pools Panel verdicts as part of its Final Score segment in the late afternoon. Only three people have so far announced the classified football results on the programme since its inception in 1958: Len Martin until his death in 1995 and since then, Tim Gudgin; Mark E. Smith, singer from the band The Fall, read out the classified football results on the BBC's Final Score programme as a one-off, as his band's track Theme from Sparta F.C. was the programme's theme music. Pools news was also given out on the BBC radio programme Sports Report until May 2007.

With scores being read out on radio and television it was also common to relay the message "claims by telegram" for days when around eight score-draws occurred (and thus few players expected to achieve maximum points), through "claims by registered mail only" for days when rather more winners were expected, to "no claims" when there were likely to be so many claimants that the mail would have been overwhelmed.

With the arrival of internet-based pools games, the need for players to score their own coupons was removed. Automatic scoring and payout are now standard on all internet-based pools games.


Typically a fraction of a penny would be charged for each line entered, though players often had the option to play each line at a higher stake and so receive a higher share of the pool should their line prove a winner. Accordingly, players would usually submit many different lines in a single entry. Popular ways to do this were "full perm" entries, where 10 (or 11, or more) matches were selected and every possible combination of eight matches selected from the total was entered as a single line. As there are C(10,8) = 45 ways to select eight matches from 10, the cost of such an entry was 45 times the cost of entering a single line. Note that the term "perm" was used despite the relevant mathematical operation being combination rather than permutation, as the order in which the eight matches were selected was irrelevant. The pools companies, many daily newspapers and the sporting press also issued "plans", which were subsets of full perms: these enabled the punter to cover more matches for the same stake, with the proviso that even if eight draws were in the selections, they might not all be in a single line of the plan (but well designed plans could give a guarantee, such as 'if the plan hits eight draws it must win at least a third dividend').

The largest prizes would be awarded when only one line was entered scoring the maximum number of points; typically this would occur when only eight or nine matches ended in score draws, so only one player would have the line scoring the maximum. These biggest jackpot prizes could be several hundred thousand pounds, sometimes more than a million. Prizes depended on the number of players and the cost per line, which varied between pools companies and increased over the years; one winner, Viv Nicholson, gained notoriety by declaring she was going to "spend, spend, spend" after winning £152,319 in 1961. The story of her subsequent extravagance and eventual bankruptcy was eventually made into a musical named after her assertion.

At the other extreme, payouts of less than a pound were quite common, as lower dividends when many entries won. Most players could expect to receive at least one low payout if they played for long enough.

In its current form, the Classic Pools game has a top prize of £3 million, separate to the pool prize that is given to the highest point scorer(s). In order to secure this £3 million prize or a share of it, the punter must successfully guess the nine score draws (draws of 1–1 or higher) when these are the only score draws on the coupon.

With the arrival of the latest online pools games such as Premier 10 and Super 6, the overall pool size is less than the Classic Pools game, but the odds of winning a major prize are increased because fewer predictions are required to complete a coupon and, also, fewer individuals play each coupon.


Football betting pools, a cultural import from 1920s Britain, are popular among Nigeria’s elderly, retired workers, and the unemployed. Gamblers risk their money on their ability to forecast the results of 49 league matches played across all divisions of the English Football Leagues. The matches are detailed on coupon sheets. The promoter of these football pools is mostly Nigeria, Lebanese or Syrian immigrants who operate with licenses issued by the Nigerian federal government. Pool agents are the link between the promoters and bettors. They are always Nigerian.  





Pool houses can be found everywhere in Nigeria. Gamblers arrive at the crack of dawn and often stay until dark, in the hope of winning the jackpot of up to 4,000,000 Naira ($20,515)—the equivalent of the average annual wage among workers in Nigeria. “Pool is a business of luck,” says one pool agent, Akinode Adikole. “When you win, you rejoice; when you lose, you are sad and you accept your fate.” Adikole, quite a successful businessman, has had his fair share of luck, allowing him to rent a house and buy a TV, sound system, and various other trappings of the high life.

Others, like Sangolade Raji, a local gambler, have been wagering in football pools for more than three decades. Though racking up more losses than winnings, Raji gambles in the hopes of one day winning the jackpot. Indeed, most wagerers walk away empty-handed and console themselves in the company of friends who gather at the pool houses to play card games, draughts, and Ayo (a Yoruba board game).

The government has made no efforts to curb, or really even police, these activities, reasoning that they provide licensing revenue to the federal government and give hope to thousands that their meager wages might suddenly be supplemented with a stroke of good fortune. Betting pools have very much become an integral part of the Nigerian lifestyle and economy, where there is little understanding of how addictive and corrosive gambling can be.









The Football Pools have been giving back to the communities that their customers live in for years. Over the 92 year history, the company have donated over £1.3 billion to the local communities our customers live in via sports clubs, the arts and other good causes. The Football Pools put millions of pounds into football ground redevelopment when improvements were essential and funds for the game were tight. The Pools also donated cash towards many other sports stadiums, like Murrayfield, and also supported some key theatres and music and arts programmes across the UK and Nigeria.

Recent examples include £6m donated to the English and Scottish Football Leagues during the 2009/10 football season and in 2013, The Football Pools partnered charity StreetGames in a funding arrangement worth £1.7m, to create “StreetGames Football Pools Fives”, a programme designed to enhance the lives of young people in disadvantaged areas and promote change for good in local communities across the UK. Former England player and current England manager, Gareth Southgate took a role as an ambassador for the programme.

So that’s our story….and we’d like you to be part of the next chapter – we’re still creating big winners every week! You could be next!

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