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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Saracens fan wins £250 000 in the ultimate Crossbar Challenge

Last night young Stuart Tinner took home a £250 000 jackpot after completing a crossbar challenge at halftime in front of 46 000 people at Wembley.

The stadium erupted as Tinner, wearing socks to make the kick, hit the crossbar with his first attempt during halftime of Saracens 24-23 win over South Africa.

Tinner, 24, is a job centre worker from Hertfordshire and still lives at home with his parents. He’s a hooker for Welwyn RFC fifth team.

He was chosen at random, along with two others, after sending in a text message while sitting in the stands.

"I guess I just kicked it as hard as I could and I don't really believe what happened. If you're going to feel the ball then you can't have shoes on. You've got to really get a feel for the ball.

"I have already spoken to my parents and they told me to keep my feet on the ground. They saw it on television," he said.

Saracens are on a huge marketing drive to get more people to get to watch the matches live. This season they’re staging four matches at Wembley in an attempt to increase their supporter base.

Tinner hitting the crossbar will have done wonders in terms of media attention. Saracens did apparently take out insurance to cover the competition prize.

"What we try and do at Wembley is to provide a great game of rugby and extra - and with a guy winning quarter of a million at half-time, we had something a lot of people will remember," said Saracens chief executive Ed Griffiths.

"It's an amazing feeling, I'm still in a daze. It won't change me, I'm still going to work in the morning but what a night it's been. I support Saracens but I don't get to see them very frequently but you can put me down as a season-ticket holder now," Tinner enthused.

"This is the second best day of my life - the best was when I lost my virginity."


Note: We've added a pretty funny behind the scenes clip with the jackpot winner.



  • lol

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 18, 2009 5:00 pm  

  • First comment, it's a honour as usual!
    Noticed yer man didn't do a drop kick. Fair play they gave him the cash though. Not a bad day at the office, your team beats the World champions and you scoop £250k.
    Big P

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 18, 2009 5:01 pm  

  • OK I didn't get the first comment but was close.
    Big P

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 18, 2009 5:02 pm  

  • Was at the game and this made everyone's night - we were going absolutely mental and so was everyone else. Good on yer Stuart, I hope you blow it all on beer and women.

    By Anonymous Ted, at November 18, 2009 5:10 pm  

  • Fair play,legend

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 18, 2009 5:11 pm  

  • Im happy for him he seems like a decent guy. His reaction his funny when the ball is in mid flight and he thinks he has messed it up

    By Anonymous Mr P, at November 18, 2009 5:32 pm  

  • ^^^ haha you're so right.

    his expression after he's kicked when he puts his hands in his pockets is absolutely priceless.

    glad they gave him the money despite it not being a drop goal.

    250k = the salary of some of the highest paid players?

    By Anonymous The Inside Shoulder, at November 18, 2009 5:40 pm  

  • "Was at the game and this made everyone's night - we were going absolutely mental"

    so the fact the team you support or went to see beat the springboks didnt make the night?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 18, 2009 5:42 pm  

  • Well as a neutral supporter, Mr Anonymous, and having witnessed a fairly unremarkable first half where the home team was down 18-6, I am afraid to say that when Big Stu muscled up to the posts I wasn't really enjoying the night, no.

    Actually, perhaps inspired by Stu's heroics, the Saracens played much better in the second half and the whole game improved as a result. We all agreed we enjoyed the match.

    But thanks for picking up on that anyway, always enjoy a spot of constructive criticism.

    By Anonymous Ted, at November 18, 2009 6:00 pm  

  • ha, they're not even gonna give him the money...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 18, 2009 6:07 pm  

  • Well done mate

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 18, 2009 6:08 pm  

  • lol you're welcome ted!

    By Anonymous Mr Anonymous, at November 18, 2009 6:27 pm  

  • "This is the second best day of my life - the best was when I lost my virginity."

    Amazing quote! I agree with Ted

    By Blogger Chris, at November 18, 2009 6:29 pm  

  • Yes agree with everything I read above but don't you think that a quarter of a million is just a little too much? Could have given the bloody chap may be a more acceptable sum of money considering what he's been doing. Can't believe nobody finds that shocking.. . Sorry but I can't help thinking this is too much really...
    (despite acknoweldging he kicked it well though)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 18, 2009 6:42 pm  

  • That was brilliant. Loved the bit when he looked glum and put his hands in his pockets.

    By Anonymous WelshOsprey, at November 18, 2009 7:05 pm  

  • Some marketing bloke just lost his job...

    By Anonymous The Fuzz, at November 18, 2009 7:46 pm  

  • Sarries won't mind. As the article said it's great publicity for them and they took out insurance to cover it.

    Good on Stuart. I wonder if he took all the cheerleaders out in the end or not?

    PS: I wonder if he only lost his virginity recently which is why he brought it up? Bless him.

    By Blogger Bamberio, at November 18, 2009 7:55 pm  

  • "This is the second best day of my life - the best was when I lost my virginity." - this past week has been amazing. ha.

    By Anonymous Ed, at November 18, 2009 8:36 pm  

  • lucky bastard...

    By Anonymous eric, at November 18, 2009 9:24 pm  

  • tinner was in school with me. crap player. lucky git

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 18, 2009 9:41 pm  

  • Will Greenwood sounds a bit jealous, after raggin on the guy lol

    By Anonymous AMRC, at November 18, 2009 10:07 pm  

  • I know it was mentioned above but seeing that bloke kick the ball and put his hands in his pockets like a school kid who just broke a window was absolutely hilarious!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 18, 2009 10:23 pm  

  • Absolutely amazing that this guy had lost his virginity.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 18, 2009 10:24 pm  

  • Fantastic, good on the bloke. whats great is how pleased everyone is for him, from some of the angles you can see guys in saracens kit warming up on the track behind the posts and they go mental when he hits it. what a great night.

    By Anonymous Gary, at November 18, 2009 10:54 pm  

  • He got the most perfect sum of money, and well in, most entertaining bit of rugby Ive seen in YONKS!!

    Ruby League salary caps... THANK U VERY MUCH! BOOM!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 18, 2009 11:11 pm  

  • P.S.

    Thank god he lost his virginity, could u imagine... amongst all those cheerleaders... BIG SPENDER, for one night and one night only!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 18, 2009 11:13 pm  

  • I bet the insurer is absolutely delighted!!!

    By Blogger Genevieve, at November 19, 2009 1:22 am  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 19, 2009 3:05 am  

  • I bet at the end of the night he was broke and each of those cheerleaders was 25 000 richer.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 19, 2009 3:54 am  

  • I hope he doesnt get screwed over like the hippie did in Semi Pro...

    By Anonymous ToddTheClutchClever, at November 19, 2009 4:17 am  

  • Didn't use his arms. Yellow card.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 19, 2009 5:10 am  

  • The lipstick on the forehead is a nice touch after the kick. Amazing how much more attractive we all are with a bit of dosh in hand!

    By Blogger gusset, at November 19, 2009 5:13 am  

  • "couldn't even dropkick it, lame"

    I'm pretty sure most people can't do that - dropkick or not - given a hundred chances. It's just one of those things that happens, and when it does it brings a smile to your face. Almost every time you hit the bar in practice, you're not trying...

    Anyways, 250,000 is a lot of money and I hope he gets every last bit.

    By Anonymous francis, at November 19, 2009 6:10 am  

  • Also, I don't mean to have a go at him, but the way he talks...is that sort of like the Forrest Gump accent of England, or is it pretty standard?

    By Anonymous Hooker With a Boot?, at November 19, 2009 6:15 am  

  • Pretty standard here. He sounds quite smart actually.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 19, 2009 7:21 am  

  • Greatest quote at the end hahaha

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 19, 2009 12:38 pm  

  • Lovely. A great feel-good video. Bit like Paul Potts singing Nessun Dorma. Has cheered me up watching this. Agree with earlier comment - nice to see everyone being really pleased for him and celebrating, especially the players who he looks up to - in both senses of the words!

    By Anonymous Phil, at November 19, 2009 1:52 pm  

  • lol totally epic!! awesome for him, hope he has a blast!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 19, 2009 3:21 pm  

  • Funny to see all those cheerleaders run out for their free dinner.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 19, 2009 9:44 pm  

  • He'll be paying for more than a dinner :) :p

    By Blogger Napoleon Dynamite, at November 20, 2009 12:49 am  

  • Can you imagine Australasia giving out that amount?! They'd go bankrupt, lol

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 20, 2009 5:21 pm  

  • how many of u tried this as soon as you got to training this week??? lol i missed but then again 250 000 wasnt on the line lol

    By Anonymous jw 9, at November 20, 2009 11:49 pm  

  • very useful article. I would love to follow you on twitter. By the way, did you guys hear that some chinese hacker had busted twitter yesterday again.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 18, 2010 6:42 pm  

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