TWO firefighters who accidentally placed an impossible football bet have bagged £10,000 each after outsiders Leicester City won the Premier League.

Friends Jordan Wright and Mitchell Baldock thought they had spotted a gaffe by bookmaker Betfred when they got odds of 2,000/1 in August for what they believed was Leicester to win their first game of the season versus Sunderland.

They rushed to put a fiver each on the bet, but quickly became the butt of jokes at work when they discovered they had actually bet on the East Midlands team to win the Premier League title.

Leicester were considered among the favourites to be relegated, but continued to defy the odds to keep their place at the top of the league.

And firefighters Jordan, 23, from Stanford-le-Hope, and Mitchell, 25, from Grays, had their £10,000 windfalls confirmed this week as Leicester's unlikely title victory was confirmed.

Chelsea fan Jordan said: “I’d never been into betting in my life, but I thought 2,000/1 for them to beat Sunderland must’ve been a mistake. So I phoned Mitchell to tell him.

“Everyone has been telling us all along that Leicester haven’t got a chance, but they just kept on winning.

“Everyone in the brigade is aware of what happened and our £10,000 windfalls… and all because basically I made a mistake.”

After receiving the payout, Jordan declared he was "absolutely buzzing" with his unlikely windfall.

Pundits have rated Leicester's unlikely success as one of the greatest sporting upsets of all time.

Only seven seasons ago, the Foxes were playing against Southend United in a League One match at Roots Hall, but the club has since undergone a meteoric rise to surpass the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal.

Although Leicester's victory was only confirmed on Monday night, Betfred owner Fred Done had already decided to pay out to customers who had backed the team weeks earlier.

Mr Done said: "I have a number of punters who incredibly backed the Foxes for fivers and tenners at very fancy prices and it will cost me a million pounds.

"They were 2,000/1 before a ball was kicked at the start of the season and it's been a remarkable turnaround for Leicester City."