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Angus Loughran is best placed to give punters the edge when it comes to beating the bookies. So we sat down with him for our latest episode of our Science of Football series to talk stats, show business and what it was like sitting behind Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.
Loughran is best known for appearing as “Statto” in the BBC's iconic Fantasy Football League TV series, which aired for three seasons in the 1990s before moving to ITV for a run of specials during the 1998 World Cup and 2004 European Championships.
Angus shares his interest in sports betting, but it quickly becomes clear that this hobby is far from impulsive – the commentator who originally worked for Ladbrokes points to specific markets that he believes contain a fair bit of value, and reveals a tactical approach to gambling that many a punter would be well-advised to replicate.
Loughran also talks of his experiences sitting immediately behind the dugout at Old Trafford, and how he would speak to different managers throughout matches. And his interactions with Sir Alex Ferguson were quite different to those he shared with Louis Van Gaal…
Having spent decades covering both football and horse racing, Loughran is insightful and revealing in this exclusive interview.
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