Andros Townsend Opens up to losing £46,000 Gambling in One Night
Speaking out for the first time
English International and Crystal Palace winger, Andros Townsend, has come out publicly on the night he lost £46,000 ($60,000) while gambling. All this happened while in his bed
Speaking publicly for the first time, the winger has opened up about his gambling addiction. He was fined and suspended in June 2013 by the Football Association (FA) for breaching betting regulations.
After beating his addiction, the winger has revealed a unique set of circumstances that triggered him to start gambling and losing huge sums of money.
Andros was quick to quick to dispel myths surrounding his lifestyle on The Players’ Tribune. While writing, the England international stated that he ‘didn’t drink or do drugs.’ He continued, ‘I don’t think I’ve ever been inside a nightclub in my life. And yet I still managed to lose 46 grand with just one tap on my phone.’
Townsend went on to confess that his addiction all started as a result of boredom and being away from home where he would be on his own. He says that one night as he was watching television, he came across a free bet advert.
He would later download the gambling app on his mobile phone and have a flutter. After a few months, the winger was losing money and was out of control. As he continued to dig himself out of a hole by continued betting, he only got deeper into it.
Wednesday night in Blackpool
Townsend would find himself at the lowest on the night before the 2012 Championship playoff semifinal between Birmingham and Blackpool.
He says that while lying in bed, he was unable to find sleep ahead of the game which was the biggest game of the season. The combination would lead him to bet huge sums of money. Speaking on the instance, he said, ‘I’m probably the only lad in history to lose £46,000 ($60,000) lying in bed on a Wednesday night in Blackpool.’
The Crystal Palace winger would only stop gambling after the FA caught up with him in June 2013. Betting on football is under strict regulations and he would be handed a ban of four months by the body. This would provide a platform for him to kick the habit out.
A message from Andros Townsend
The winger believes that if he was not caught by the FA, he would still be gambling.
He has a message for other people. Townsend lost his half-brother Kurtis through a car crash when he (Andros) was 10. He admits carrying the pain of losing him throughout the early stages of his football career.
He advises every person who has had some tumbles in life either being ‘misunderstood, depressed, lost and those battling addictions’ that they have to snap back to reality. He also thanks God for being caught by the FA since it helped him stop the addiction.