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  • Does anyone still do the “ pools”?

    I recall a bloke calling every week ..

    My dad did something like 8 homes , 4 aways but I can’t remember how many draws ..


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    Re: Does anyone still do the “ pools”?

    Does the "pools" still exist these days? If it does, it has had a low profile in the past 20 years or so. They used to advertise around the horseracing pages of the tabloid newspapers, usually Littlewoods, Vernons, and Ladbrokes, I think, offering some inflated money prize probably paid by cheque if won - it was the National Lottery of its day, and I have a feeling that the Lottery itself starting up in 1994 was one of the main reasons that fewer people started to play on the pools - it became unpopular and so the interest of it went down because of the National Lottery from the second half of the 1990s onwards.

    It reminds me of the "Spot the Ball" competitions in local newspapers that ran in the 1970s and 1980s, and some local newsagents had a yellow box where one could post your coupon in - alas, it ended when I was old enough to enter myself.
    I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
    There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
    I'm having so much fun
    My lucky number's one
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    • #3
      Re: Does anyone still do the “ pools”?

      Yes, it still exists, but now only on line.
      Who cared about rules when you were young?

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      • #4
        Re: Does anyone still do the “ pools”?

        I suppose that is why I thought that the Pools don't exist anymore because I have always associated them with the newspapers, even if I don't read any these days anyway - also I think that the Gambling Commission rules had something to do with it when it came to playing games like the Pools. Mind you, I am not a gambling person although I used to play the Lottery many years ago.

        I actually thought that the National Lottery more or less replaced it.
        I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
        There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
        I'm having so much fun
        My lucky number's one
        Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

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        • #5
          Re: Does anyone still do the “ pools”?

          Maay-be it's not the Pools - but if I have spare cash and there is a Coupon in for Saturday Games in Saturday's Paper I'll take it to the Bookies and on FA Cup 3rd Round Day in Jan, I am partial to going to the Bookies and asking how much it'd cost for a permuation of say 10 games either way - win, loose or draw!

          80sChav

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          • #6
            Re: Does anyone still do the “ pools”?

            Well well I remember doing the pools you had to get 8 score draws or something to win the jackpot. Something like 3 points for a score draw, 2 for a goalless draw, 1 for home win and 1.5 for aways? Then in bad weather you'd have the pools panel sitting who'd invent the results if games were cancelled. You had to get so many points (24) for the jackpot and the winners would be seen in the sports pages of the papers on Wednesdays (?) while we ground our teeth at the injustice of it all.

            I did these for years, never won anything much. There were 3 pools companies. Vernons, Littlewoods and Zetters that I remember. Littlewoods got you the big bucks, Zetters was chickenfeed and Vernons somewhere in between. I was once sent a 10p cheque from Zetters, for homes I think.

            I remember the pools collectors who used to come round to your house to collect you completed forecasts each week. Manu's the time my father/mother had to yell at me, 'the pools man is here, have you done them' ? I was always forgetting.

            Then I remember the pools man would drop off next weeks fixtures and sometimes 2 weeks worth if he was on holiday. He also gave out the bloody Spot the Ball. I always wanted to win that. They used to give cars and things away on top of a cash prize. Some people even had a little pad that you could ink and then press on the photograph of the game with blanked out ball and try a put an X on where you thought the ball was. You got the answer the following week on the back of the new sheet (where then in the papers as well?) and I always used to say some thing like 'that is ridiculous the ball was never in that place' or moan about not winning with 'my X was right there, I must have been close'.

            In the end pools collectors stopped coming around and then with the advent of the crooked lottery they faded away. I suppose you can do 'fixed odds' in Bookies now which are similar but not the same.
            Last edited by Pussywillow; 11-10-2019, 16:20.

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            • #7
              Re: Does anyone still do the “ pools”?

              Spot the ball, all whizz thought it was a fiddle
              Ejector seat?...your jokin!

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              • #8
                Re: Does anyone still do the “ pools”?

                Originally posted by tex View Post
                Spot the ball, all whizz thought it was a fiddle
                yes I always thought that too.

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                • #9
                  Re: Does anyone still do the “ pools”?

                  I remember How Do They Do That? showed how a spot the ball was made & the balled position decided by a panel of ex-players & other pundits. My local paper used to have a weeky one, with an instruction to only use biro to draw the crosses with, & rubber stamps of X's would be disqualified.
                  The Trickster On The Roof

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                  • #10
                    Re: Does anyone still do the “ pools”?

                    Speaking of Spot the Ball competitions, does any remember that Carling Black Label advert from the mid 1980s showing someone in a pub trying to put crosses onto a Spot the Ball competition picture with a pencil, and the point on his pencil breaks off, and the STB picture comes to life or something like that?

                    My late mother once entered the Nottingham Evening Post's Find the Ball competition one week, and she used to mark the picture with plus signs "+" rather than crosses "x"- I hope that the newspaper would have allowed them drawn like that in the competition! I assumed that she thought a chance to win the money prize as a plus in itself!
                    I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
                    There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
                    I'm having so much fun
                    My lucky number's one
                    Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

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                    • #11
                      Re: Does anyone still do the “ pools”?

                      Another thing you don't see anymore are football cards....you pay your 20p and pick a team from a choice of about 50, when all the teams were picked the winning team ( the name of which is hidden under a sticker) is revealed and you would win a couple of quid
                      Ejector seat?...your jokin!

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                      • #12
                        Re: Does anyone still do the “ pools”?

                        Originally posted by tex View Post
                        Another thing you don't see anymore are football cards....you pay your 20p and pick a team from a choice of about 50, when all the teams were picked the winning team ( the name of which is hidden under a sticker) is revealed and you would win a couple of quid
                        I've seen these around fairly recently.
                        The Trickster On The Roof

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                        • #13
                          Re: Does anyone still do the “ pools”?

                          I seem to remember my dad winning a few shillings (yes, it was that long ago!) a coupla times but nothing more...
                          Time flies like the wind, fruit flies like bananas - go figure!

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                          • #14
                            Re: Does anyone still do the “ pools”?

                            Originally posted by tex View Post
                            Spot the ball, all whizz thought it was a fiddle
                            TalkSport just interviewed the only bloke to win TWICE. !!

                            He now has TWO Ferraris !!

                            He uses a drinks coaster to measure the player’s eye-line. ...


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                            • #15
                              Re: Does anyone still do the “ pools”?

                              Originally posted by tex View Post
                              Another thing you don't see anymore are football cards....you pay your 20p and pick a team from a choice of about 50, when all the teams were picked the winning team ( the name of which is hidden under a sticker) is revealed and you would win a couple of quid
                              I have in my mind those Panini football stickers that used to get passed along in the school playground.
                              I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
                              There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
                              I'm having so much fun
                              My lucky number's one
                              Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

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