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Richard Jones wins £250,000 Sky Bet Transfer Fund for Derby County

10 July 2015

Derby County fan Richard Jones has won the Sky Bet Transfer Fund, giving the Rams £250,000 to spend on new players in the Summer Window.

Jones, 27, was randomly selected from over 100,000 Football League fans who entered the competition.

Derby will be given a boost to their spending power in the summer, and they are well under way with the strengthening of their squad for the upcoming season.

And the winner of the #SkyBetTransferFund is Richard Jones for @dcfcofficial!

— The Football League (@football_league) July 10, 2015
Jones, from Edinburgh, said: “It was a really nerve-racking moment as the ball was being drawn, but when my name came out, it was fantastic.
“Derby County are my English team and I’m really happy to have helped them to win the £250,000 Transfer Fund!”
Derby County Head of Tickets, Analytics and Technology, Brandon Furse, told Sky Sports News HQ: "We're really pleased. Pleased for Rich Jones and we thank him for putting us forward.
"This money will certainly help. We've got a new football management team at Derby. This will certainly help to strengthen us and it could make a difference.
"We've been close the last couple of seasons and, who knows, this might just be the player that scores us that goal or saves that goal for us. We'll put it to very, very good use."

Jones was entered into the draw after he linked his Sky Bet account with Derby County and collected Transfer Fund tokens throughout the season.

He was then selected in the final 10 in a pre-draw last week, before being picked out of the pot at Sky Sports News Studio.

The event was hosted by Sky Bet Transfer Fund ambassadors Jim White and Natalie Sawyer, who also presented Jones with a cheque for £5,000.

#SkyBetTransferFund winner, Richard, is now the proud owner of a rather large cheque...

— Sky Bet (@SkyBet) July 10, 2015
The first Sky Bet Transfer Fund was won by Nottingham Forest fan Shaun Lander in December 2014. Forest used the fund to bring in Chelsea’s Todd Kane and Aston Villa’s Gary Gardner on loan.

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