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18 Apr 22 13:18
Date Joined: 11 Dec 02
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pro-punter & on-course bookmaker

Only part one up so far but the normal pattern is to release one part a day.

Unlike many interviewees, Andy Smith does talk about how he goes about things and what he looks for.
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Report ItsMeSwaddle April 18, 2022 1:20 PM BST
This series as a whole is absolutely brilliant from Simon btw.
Report sludge April 18, 2022 1:50 PM BST
How do you define brilliant Swaddle ?
Report SlippyBlue April 18, 2022 1:52 PM BST
I enjoy them as well Swaddle, some of them I do take with a pinch of salt but they do make for good viewing I agree. I especially the ones about people who I really knew through the 80"s and onwards like John Henwood for example.
Report JayRogers April 18, 2022 1:58 PM BST
I'll have a look at that after racing, Simon gets the crack going with the books, Pinno, Gal, Stephen Little, Fletcher and as mentioned John Henwood have all been very good.
Report sparrow April 18, 2022 2:04 PM BST
I enjoyed listening to Eddie Fremantle.
Report SlippyBlue April 18, 2022 2:12 PM BST
Jay Rogers, I have to ask this, hope you don't mind.
Were/are you an on course greyhound bookmaker, also did p2p's?
Report wondersobright April 18, 2022 2:23 PM BST

Apr 18, 2022 -- 1:20PM, ItsMeSwaddle wrote:

This series as a whole is absolutely brilliant from Simon btw.

agree swad

Report ItsMeSwaddle April 18, 2022 2:31 PM BST
Well I'd define brilliant by genuinely interested in about 50% of people he has done.

He actually lets the people speak rather than doing much talking himself.

Also its absolutely free of charge and light hearted.

Nobody is going to give away the golden goose.
Report JayRogers April 18, 2022 2:35 PM BST
Slippy Blue.
Not me, and isn't the first time I've asked on here.
Just a hash on my old forum name JH Rogers.

Was he a southern layer?
Report SlippyBlue April 18, 2022 2:52 PM BST
Yes J.H. A Southern layer, I'm based in South London and he was a regular layer at various venues in the South. A really good bloke he was, real "old school" like me !
Report JayRogers April 18, 2022 3:16 PM BST
Certainly old school (the better school) by the photo of him on his tools google has just popped up.
I'd not heard of him, but was mainly in the north until Betfair came along.
Will have to change this name.
Report SlippyBlue April 18, 2022 4:10 PM BST
Yes indeed J.H. The better school by the proverbial.

By 'Southern', to me that's Towcester & Newmarket downwards to say Goodwood & Fontwell by the way.
Report jimnast April 18, 2022 4:34 PM BST
The country is saturated with pro punters
Report ZEALOT April 18, 2022 4:48 PM BST
The golden goose - its in the psychology . So hard to master .
Report ribero1 April 18, 2022 5:04 PM BST
Lol Jimnast.
Report Ramruma April 18, 2022 11:37 PM BST
Part 2 is up.
Report ronnie rails April 19, 2022 9:23 AM BST
Some old timers mentioned on part 2
Report sageform April 19, 2022 10:21 AM BST
Just watched the first part from the link. I don't go racing much now but I knew Andy as an on course bookmaker and as he was the racing manager for Bob Blumberg who I shared a horse with (Jefferies) I met Andy in that capacity as well. He lives quite local to me so I still run into him in local towns and stop for a chat. The big day for us all was Freetown winning the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham trained by Lenny Lungo.
Report screaming from beneaththewaves April 19, 2022 3:32 PM BST
He mentions his Welsh mate Simon Smith. I remember being at Wolverhampton one afternoon in November 1992, when the pair of them backed Roy Brotherton's Hand In Glove at 100/1 in the claiming hurdle. I knew they'd backed it, and I knew they were shrewd, but I couldn't for the life of me see why.

The thing had three 'P's in front of its name, and subsequently never got closer than 48 lengths to the winner. But it did the business that day, and saw off my bet of £350 to £100 each way the second. I was seething. How dare other punters back 100/1 winners! That's my game!

Oh well. Thirty years on, and we're all still here. Including Roy Brotherton. One 100/1 winner a decade seems to be what keeps him in the game. Well done to Simon and Andy for sorting out that particular one.
Report ronnie rails April 19, 2022 5:23 PM BST

Did you get a mention in the first part.

hope you are well

Report screaming from beneaththewaves April 19, 2022 5:41 PM BST
Oh! I hadn't looked at the first part, ronnie. I just saw your mention of the old timers in part 2 and thought, "That's my sort of thing!"

I have to rely on YouTube subtitles though. I barely understood a word Andy ever said even while I still had some hearing. He used to jabber away nineteen to the dozen, with the phone constantly ringing throughout.
Report jmdc April 19, 2022 6:02 PM BST
Mentioned Eddie Baxter a lot for opening up earliest, always Hemmings & Franks when I was betting on course, but Avalon always laid me a bet.
Report ronnie rails April 19, 2022 6:09 PM BST
Sctw  he mentioned many well known people from the betting ring in the 80s great days sad to say  gone forever Ronnie
Report screaming from beneaththewaves April 19, 2022 6:14 PM BST
Oh yes! Hovering over Eddie Baxter's pitch alongside Eddie Fremantle at Newton Abbot in the August sunshine thirty-plus years ago. Almost sending the Avalon joint flying trying to get a hundred pounds to six each way about something. Then watching it open at fives with Jack Bevan (Harry Metcalfe), Frank Angliss (Ivor Perry), etc.

I don't think racing or betting ever got better than that.

(Did any of those men actually bet under their own name in those days?)
Report screaming from beneaththewaves April 19, 2022 6:21 PM BST
I was at Ivor Perry's funeral at Yeovil crematorium back in December 2019. It was standing room only, with mourners lined up either side of the seated congregation. Fremantle nudged me and said, "Have you noticed? All the punters have lined up on one side, and all the bookies and workmen on the other." We just did it automatically. It could have been D&E or Taunton thirty years earlier, the two sides facing each other, no one making a move until Eddie Avalon picked up his chalk and carefully opened that little notebook where he kept his prices.
Report jmdc April 19, 2022 6:38 PM BST
I vaguely remember Redfern, Dave Pipe & Bob Pittard working alongside one another. Who was the tall fellow with specs who always stood next to Bevan? He had the same surname as another bookie I believe.
Report jmdc April 19, 2022 6:47 PM BST
Was he another Redfern?
Report doorman99 April 19, 2022 8:45 PM BST
Bernard Redfern obvs the father of the delightful Anthea of Bruce Forsyth fame.
Report DIFERENT GRAVY 12 April 19, 2022 8:58 PM BST
I only remember 2 'old' bookies, both from Bolton dogs.

Pat Whelan seemed like a decent bloke, Maurice Lindsay seemed like a tw@t!
Just my opinion.
Report know all April 19, 2022 11:48 PM BST
enjoyed the andy smith one genuine but i must say its easy to spot the bluffers the cann berry ones lol he spends 10 hours a day editing the videos sure he has time to be a pro lol, never anything live all recorded and edited, shows it in a better light
Report Ramruma April 20, 2022 9:57 AM BST
Part 3 is up
Report flapper April 20, 2022 2:04 PM BST
Ainsworth (w/o fav or forecast); Swain; Hynes; Brown (A) - the halcyon days of Westhoughton dogs
Report screaming from beneaththewaves April 20, 2022 11:32 PM BST
Part 3 is great. Especially about losing and chasing.
Report bin bagged April 21, 2022 8:22 AM BST
"We go there and have a picnic and 15 pints of cider.........." LaughLaughLaugh
Report Ramruma April 21, 2022 11:51 AM BST
Part 4 is up
Report sageform April 21, 2022 12:56 PM BST
I guess a lot of you who know Andy are bookmakers. As a a small owner and punter for 30 years, I knew quite a lot of on course bookies and found it easy to like most of them. Ivor Perry had horses in training with Jim Old at the same time as me so I knew him a bit.
Report G Hall April 21, 2022 12:58 PM BST
He mentioned you're name in part 2, along with some other punters.
Report TheAnorak April 21, 2022 1:11 PM BST
I'm sure this has been posted on here before, but some of the names mentioned above appear in this old Pathe News clip:
Report bin bagged April 21, 2022 9:34 PM BST
Who was the other party in the slander/defamation of character case mentioned in part 4?
Report brandyontherocks April 22, 2022 1:09 PM BST
Have a feeling it was Geoff Banks
Report G Hall April 22, 2022 1:58 PM BST
He mentioned he lived down Wentworth way
Report DIFERENT GRAVY 12 April 22, 2022 2:19 PM BST
Sounds like a p1sshead who did a bit of betting in between benders! I've never understood why some blokes want to brag about their inability to hold their drink.
Report Fashion Fever April 22, 2022 3:37 PM BST
whose this jonny lights character gets a mention in all these interviews
Report G Hall April 22, 2022 3:51 PM BST
Yeah I think Johnny Lights was a bookie/punter.
Report G Hall April 22, 2022 3:55 PM BST
Fashion Fever
I just bumped up a thread
Best gambler you know personally worth a read.
Report DroopysGregKinkysNap April 26, 2022 5:07 PM BST
Mark DM your number
Report jackboo April 26, 2022 5:34 PM BST
some one done there money to lights , its was doodos but it was the aa team from islington money , so thay put it on lights for there money back
Report bin bagged April 27, 2022 7:25 AM BST   After reading that i'm guessing its Geoff Banks who brought defamation proceedings against Andy.
Report kennethturrell1 April 27, 2022 12:15 PM BST
John Humbrell was a market trader who **** up his stall with rows of electric light bulbs and hence his nickname as 'Lights' an exellent punter who used to be a regular at southern tracks.

Last saw him at Brighton a few years ago now though
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