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Why The Beatles’ Penny Lane and Oasis’ Wonderwall could have benefited from Paddy Power and his extra places

Not finishing in first place isn't as bad as it could be thanks to the boss and his racing specials

by Josh Powell | July 29, 2014

As the lights come on in nightclubs up and down the UK on a Saturday night, and the DJ blasts out Wonderwall before packing up his iPod and heading home, not too many of the hundreds of drunk people trying to nail the chorus note-for-note would point out that Oasis’ song never actually made it to number one. Despite the success of Wonderwall, when it was released in October 1995 it was kept off the top spot in the UK charts by Robson and Jerome. Yes, a man who for the last four years has made a living from going ‘Extreme Fishing’ was one half of the pop-duo who covered ‘Up On The Roof’ and denied Oasis top spot.

Similarly The Beatles’ Penny Lane was kept off the top spot in 1967 by Engelbert Humperdinck – The man that came second-last with a total of just 12 points in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.

The fact that these songs finished second hasn’t effected their legacy, and Paddy Power has been making sure that finishing down the ranks at the races hasn’t been damaging your e-wallet this year either.


Whether it’s an evening of cigarettes and alcohol or you’re more inclined to indulge in a champagne supernova, Paddy Power’s extra place specials have been getting the rounds in all year long.

  • Paddy Power has offered a whopping 121 extra place specials at the races this year. Dwarfing the competition who are headed by Bet365 who have had just 52. Betfred bring up the rear with a measly 10
  • It’s not just in the racing either. In the golf Paddy Power has offered more than twice the amount of extra place specials than anyone else. The boss has had 28 extra place specials in 2014, with Stan James (13) desperately trying to hang on to our coattails. William Hill have had just the two

The gravy train of extra places isn’t showing any sign of stopping either. The 22 runner Galway Plate is hardly an easy race to find a winner in, and Paddy Power is giving punters a helping hand by offering five places on the day’s feature race, despite what the bean-counters are advising.

  • Twist and shout into even more of Paddy’s specials over here: Desktop | Mobile

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