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The Football Pools, an iconic Liverpool business, first started selling its coupons outside Old Trafford, home of fierce rivals Manchester United

On average we have a winner every 3 minutes

We have a presence in over 25 countries

The Football Pools is the UK’s favourite football gaming brand

Pools, or tote betting, is the most popular legal form of sports-based betting outside of the UK

The global pools market in football and horseracing is worth $80 billion

We donated £600 million to help fund major improvements in stadium safety across many clubs in the UK

The global gaming market is worth $350 billion and growing +5% year on year

Sportech is one of the leading suppliers and operators of pools/tote betting in the world

Sportech has launched a Joint Venture in India

The biggest ever Football Pools top prize was £4 million won in March 2010

The Football Pools is the world’s oldest football gaming company

Across North America, Sportech Racing has a 50% market share in horseracing pools

We have paid out over £3.2 billion in prize money to our customers

We are the exclusive operator of pools/tote betting on horseracing in the Netherlands

We are the leading provider of horseracing wagering solutions in North America with over 25,000 terminals

The Football Pools has over 360,000 players every week

We process over $13 billion in bets every year

Over the years we have donated over £1.3 billion to good causes


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Shareholder information 



We aim to provide transparent
and regular information to
our stakeholders

Summary information

Stock Symbol: SPO
Market: London Stock Exchange
FTSE Index: FTSE All-Share; FTSE Small Cap
FTSE Sector: Leisure, Entertainment and Hotels
FTSE Sub-sector: Gaming


Key people

Roger Withers, Chairman

Ian Penrose, Chief Executive Officer

Cliff Baty, Chief Financial Officer

Peter Williams, Senior Independent Non-executive Director

David McKeith, Independent Non-executive Director

Rich Roberts, Independent Non-executive Director


Major shareholders

On 5 March 2014, the following interests representing 3% or more of the issued share capital of the Company had been notified to the Company:


Directors and their interests in the shares of the Company

The Directors who held office during the year, had the following beneficial interests in the share capital of the Company:

Annual Report

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IR contacts

Private shareholder enquiries
Capita Registrars

Seema Shah, EA to Chief Executive
Tel: 020 7268 2400

For any other Sportech PLC enquiries please call 020 7268 2400 or email