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Fantasy football: How this fan won £10k the weekend his club were relegated

Fantasy football isn’t a matter of life and death.

It’s way more important than that.

And for Stoke fan Ray Tait last weekend was as dramatic as they come in footballing terms.

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Stoke's relegation was confirmed following their 2-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace

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Stoke’s relegation was confirmed following their 2-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace

The Potters’ 10-year stay in the Premier League came to an end after their relegation was finally confirmed by a desperate defeat to Crystal Palace last Saturday.

For 99.999% of Stoke fans it would have made for a purely miserable weekend.

But Ray only went and won Dream Team Weekender, pocketing the sizeable £10k jackpot in the process.

Stoke star Xherdan Shaqiri holds his head in his shirt after realising the club are relegated

Xherdan Shaqiri can’t face the consequences

“It ended up a very good weekend,” Ray told us.

“Our [Stoke’s] fate was sealed a long time ago so it was immaterial really.”

So for the burning question… would you rather win £10k or your team stayed in the Premier League?

Utter dejection

Utter dejection

“Probably the £10k! I’m looking forward to some away games next year and this will fund it!” Ray added.

“My daughters are already badgering me about holiday clothes.

“When you’ve got two daughters money doesn’t go very far to be honest!”

So how did Ray do it?

Ray’s triumphant winning Weekender side

Ray’s triumphant winning Weekender side

Well his Weekender side was one of the more obscure we’ve seen this season, packed to the brim with lesser lights rather than the traditional big hitters.

He backed a Bournemouth defence to shine against Swansea, which they did, and then Andre Gray to score against Newcastle… which he did.

Andre Gray scored Watford's second to put them two-up against Newcastle on Saturday

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Andre Gray struck against Newcastle

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was his big hitter after the Arsenal striker bagged two goals, an assist and the Star Man award against Burnley.

Ray finished with a total of 63 points, two ahead of his nearest competitors to claim victory.

PEA was in the groove against Burnley

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PEA was in the groove against Burnley

So a weekend that started with heartbreak ended very much in happiness.

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