Hapless Man United fan from Northern Ireland scores own goal with £4k Jamie Vardy VAR9Y number plate
A Northern Ireland builder has taken a financial hit after scoring an own goal by buying a 'Jamie Vardy' registration plate in the hope of selling it on to the Leicester City and England striker for a tidy profit.
However, the Premier League star failed to bite. David McMurray (28) purchased the personalised registration plate VAR9Y for £4,000.
But after failing to make contact with the footballer, he was forced to sell it on eBay for a considerable loss.
The auction closed at 9.44am on Boxing Day with a final price of £2,060 after 25 bids.
David, a Manchester United fan, told The Sun newspaper that he knew Vardy already had a personalised licence plate - J9 VDY - on his £130,000 blue Bentley, but had hoped the Three Lions international would cough up at least £5,000.
"I can't seem to be able to get in contact with Jamie at all," he said.
"I was hoping he would give me enough to make a profit. I was talking to one of the player liaison officers a couple of months ago, but he never got back to me.
"I don't even know if Vardy even knows anything about it."
In the item's description, David wrote: "Maybe an England fan or Leicester City fan might like it or someone with the name Vardy or Vargy. I have no reason to hold on to the plate any longer as I have no use for it. It was valued at £7,500, just to give potential buyers an idea of what the plate is worth."