Wales Fans Launch Crowdfunding Appeal To Help Pay Off Dean Saunders’ Euro 2016 Parking Fine

Chris Wright

30th, June 2016



A crowdfunding drive has been launched to help Dean Saunders pay off a parking ticket that is increasing by £100 a day while Wales remain involved at Euro 2016.

So convinced was Saunders that Wales would exit the tournament at the group stage that he parked his car in the short-stay car park at Birmingham Airport before flying out to France to join the BBC Sport punditry team.

Wales, as you may have noticed, have done rather better than expected, with a quarter-final against Belgium coming up on Friday.

Speaking to BBC Radio Five Live, Saunders informed all and sundry of his plight:

I tell you how confident I was with Wales. I parked in the short-stay car park at Birmingham Airport two weeks ago.

I took a little suitcase that fitted onto the plane so I’ve run out of clothes and now I’m going to have a £1,000 bill when I get back to Birmingham because they charge you a fortune.

But I’m just happy to be here.

And lo, the great Dean Saunders Parking Fine JustGiving campaign was set up by Richard Jackson, who just so happens to be the brother-in-law of Wales manager Chris Coleman.

According to the Daily Post, Jackson admitted that the fundraising page began as “a bit of fun” before confirming that if the BBC agree to cover Saunders’ parking fees, all the money raised will be donated directly to charity – namely the Welsh FA’s grassroots football initiative.

Things aren’t exactly cooking at the moment, but we suppose £29 is better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.


Image: JustGiving

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  1. Straight Dave says:

    He could’ve, of course, left the keys with a family member/friend and asked him/her to move the car in the event of him having to stay longer than expected in France. Apparently that made too much common sense.

    • Jarren says:

      I think this is the second time in four years I have agreed with you completely, Straight Dave.

      Simple common sense, as you say.

  2. maria says:

    He’s an idiot. Even if Wales did exit the group stage he’d still have to be there a week so makes no sense not to use the long-stay parking.

  3. SA says:

    too cheap to take a taxi or uber I guess, yes he’s an idiot

  4. alan says:

    After witnessing his performances as Wolves manager, I wouldn’t give this clown a penny. He got us relegated, and almost repeated the trick at Chesterfield, until they had the sense to sack him. Total muppet.

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