Posted: Fri 26th May 2023

Llanfairpwll sign hijacked in Paddy Power prank mocking Chelsea’s poor form

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This article is old - Published: Friday, May 26th, 2023

A road sign for an Anglesey village with a famously long name has been hijacked in a prank by a betting company.

Bookies Paddy Power have altered the sign for Llanfairpwllgwyngyll – or Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch to give it its full title – claiming that it has been twinned with Chelsea FC.

The joke is that in what is officially Chelsea’s worst-ever Premier League season, they’ve clocked up more ‘Ls’ (short for losses) than the famous village.

The company said: “The Blues are up to a total of 16 losses in the current Premier League season following last night’s miserable 4-1 pasting at Manchester United.

“Although it’s recognised for having the longest place name in the United Kingdom, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll (as it’s known for short) boasts a grand total of just 11 Ls by comparison.

“And so it’s well overdue the two were paired together!”

The sign is believed to have been tampered with overnight in mockery of Chelsea’s poor form.

Rubbing further salt in the wounds, Paddy Power added: “Not only do they keep losing, Chelsea can’t seem to score many either.

“For context, Man City’s star striker Erling Haaland has bagged 37 goals this season – as many as the entire Chelsea squad managed in the same period.

“And with football booming in Wales at the moment, with Hollywood A-listers catapulting a certain local club to major success (at least some American investors are successful, eh), we thought Chelsea might benefit from some Welsh magic.

“With a population of just 3,000, they might need the support of every single resident of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch come Sunday to avoid another L.”


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