At the official opening of DAS's swanky new Dublin offices, Irish broker account executive Brendan Little and UK sales and marketing manager Ray Kneeshaw were overheard heatedly discussing football.

At the official opening of DAS's swanky new Dublin offices, Irish broker account executive Brendan Little and UK sales and marketing manager Ray Kneeshaw were overheard heatedly discussing football.

Kneeshaw, spurred on by the inclusion of West Ham's darling Joe Cole in the team, bet £20 on England progressing further than the Ireland team in the World Cup.

He insisted he wanted the bet in writing - well, he is not going to be allowed to forget about it now.

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    With perfect timing for the World Cup, Ecclesiastical Insurance will give away a 28-inch widescreen
    television to one of its brokers. Log on to www.forbrokers.co.uk and answer a few questions and a tiebreaker.

    Those who don't win the television can console themselves with runner-up prizes of international football shirts and sports hold-alls.