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by Aidan Elder | September 5, 2012

**************THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED**************

As the above collection of letters and stars suggests, last week’s competition is now closed, so no more entries please.

Thanks for all your efforts and sorry if I didn’t get around to answering your questions in the comments secton below. I was very busy working on a top secret project and I didn’t have the time. Sadly I can’t reveal too much, but let’s just say the Paddy Power Blog will have some pretty detailed team profiles for the North Devon Cheese Rolling Championships later this year.

First and foremost, the answer was none other than Andy Hinchcliffe who spent his career at Manchester City, Everton and Sheffield Wednesday. ‘Big lad’ someone felt compelled to reveal with their correct entry in a bit of detail we hadn’t bargained for. We’re still note entirely sure what that’s in reference to, but as his Wikipedia entry has him down as 5 foot 10, we’re guessing it’s not height.

There were a lot of correct answers, which I found quite surprising because I thought it was a toughie. The winning name drawn out of my hat belong to Jason Vong and he wins a Free £80 Bet for his cominbation of luck and football trivia.

Thanks for your entries and better luck next time if you’re not Jason.
There’ll be more competition fun soon.


We gave Whose Career Is It Anyway? the summer off. He worked hard last season, so he deserved it. What we didn’t predict was that he was spending his time off with Wayne Rooney, who was busy treating his body like a temple. A temple that doubles as a warehouse for chips and beer. WCIIA returned for pre-season training looking fatter than Cristiano Ronaldo’s wallet after he complains about being ‘sad’.

We’ve spent the last few weeks getting him back into shape and he’s ready to go again. If you’re new to all this, it’s easier than convincing Tulisa what you’re recording will never see the light of day. Each of the flags in the below map represents a club this player has played for in his senior career. Your job is find out what the clubs are and in turn deduce who the heck I’m talking about.

By the by, this is all the clubs this player has played for (including loan deals and clubs he may not have made an appearance for where applicable). Get the maps out and the thinking caps on. Usually this competition has a vague topical link to something happening around now, but not this time. It’s just a random name that popped into my head this morning.

Competition: Whose Career Is It Anyway

Send your answer to with the subject line ‘Welcome back – now give me a Free Bet’. Or don’t, it doesn’t really make any difference to your entry.

DON’T PUT YOUR ANSWERS IN THE COMMENTS SECTION – you’ll only be helping an opponent and giving me license to take the piss out of you. You’re allowed more than one guess, but you’re clever and probably won’t need it.

The prize starts off as a €/£50 Free Bet, but will grow by one euro or pound for every time this tweet gets retweeted or every time this competition gets shared on Facebook, Google+ or LinkedIn. That should boost the fund rather substantially and you might win that prize, so you should definitely do it. In the event we get more than one correct answer, the winner shall be drawn from my hat of mystery.

Get your answers in before 10am on Tuesday September 11 and I’ll announce the winner soon after. You can use the comments section for begging for clues or general observations on life, but NO ANSWERS please. If you want to contact me, you can do so using the Twitter machine where I’m @PaddyPowerAidan.

- Customers must be over the age of 18, have a valid account and been around long enough to remember when Alex Ferguson tapping his watch was an amusing novelty and not just standard whenever United are losing.
– Maximum size of the free bet will be €/£150.


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  1. MagnusLombard said on September 5, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

    Hi Aidan

    Email sent. Am I in the hat?


  2. Aidan said on September 5, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

    Wow – that was quick. Are you secretly a Paddy Power employee who was looking over my shoulder as I put together this competition?

    For the first time in a few months I can say, yes, you are in the hat of quiz-ending mystery.

  3. tau said on September 5, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

    am i in aidan? are we in for some variety this year or can we expect this game to be played until my atlas bleeds! im personally a fan of see it say it cryptic style where my head hurts so much i giv up and then smash my computer when i see how easy it was!!

  4. Aidan said on September 5, 2012 @ 4:45 pm

    Hi Tau and welcome back.

    I haven’t decided yet. I like the cryptic ones too, but it’s time consuming coming up with the riddles and I need to spend a lot of that time thinking of ways to slag various sportspeople.

    You are in the hat by the way. Well done.

  5. Kevin said on September 5, 2012 @ 5:03 pm

    Think I got it…email sent!:)

  6. Aidan said on September 5, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

    Yes, Kevin with your smiley faces, you did get it.

    : )

  7. Phil said on September 5, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

    First time i’ve seen this….brilliant idea.

    E-mail sent!

  8. Aidan said on September 5, 2012 @ 5:54 pm

    Thanks Phil.

    Beginner’s (with quite a lot of football trivia knowledge) luck, you’re in the hat.

  9. Mark said on September 5, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

    Right, email sent. We’ll see if it’s my football or geography knowledge that lets me down…

  10. hugh orr said on September 5, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

    In the hat Aidan? Yea or nay

  11. Dermot said on September 5, 2012 @ 8:50 pm

    Got mine in, hope iv got my geography right!!!

  12. baddaddy66 said on September 5, 2012 @ 11:40 pm

    Entered but not confident !

  13. Ryan M said on September 6, 2012 @ 3:39 pm


  14. James O said on September 6, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

    Did I get it right Aidan?

  15. David said on September 7, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    when do i get my prize

  16. John said on September 7, 2012 @ 11:36 am

    That should be me in as well now! =D
    Beginners luck all the way haha!

  17. James H said on September 7, 2012 @ 10:07 pm

    Pretty sure i’ve nailed it if you got my email? better pick my name out of that hat so I can waste another free bet!

  18. Justben said on September 9, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

    Please can I beg for clues? Maybe a decade they played in? Anything pre 90s and I’m f*cked…

  19. Gaz said on September 10, 2012 @ 12:19 pm

    No idea if ive got it right or not but might as well enter for fun.

  20. Danny said on September 10, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

    i think ive done it lol

  21. LEE TENNANT said on September 11, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

    Did I get it right Aidan? First time entry!

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