About Us

We began in the betting business in 1980 with one shop in Widnes and now we are in the top six independent Bookmakers in the UK, with 37 quality betting licences and applications across the North West and an active expansion programme.

We have created well over 150 permanent jobs in the process, and we were the first bookmaker in the country to achieve the prestigious Investors In People standard in 1994.

We hope this site tells you something about us, but feel free to contact us if you would like any further information. We like to receive feedback from our clients and visitors, and we take your comment seriously.

We are a member of the Independent Betting Arbitration Service (IBAS)..

Dave Pluck


Dave completed an economics degree at Liverpool University and then worked for his father until 1980 when he left to setup his own business with one shop in Widnes, Cheshire. He has now been in the business for 30 years. 

Dave has a life long interest in motor cycles, is a member of MENSA and has a daughter, Anna, who is a sports therapist.

Nick Thompson

Managing Director

Nick started in the betting industry as a Saturday cashier for Stanley’s whilst at university in 1995, staying on at Stanley’s to become a successful shop manager.

He has a keen interest in football, and ran football-training courses for Stanley’s before joining Dave Pluck’s in January 2002 as part of the line management structure.

Originating from Manchester, Nick is a Manchester United fan, and now lives in Lancashire and has 2 children.

Nick became a director in 2010 and succeeded Frank Seymour as our new MD in 2015.

In summer 2018 he married his partner Vickie in Italy, and loves to travel.

Steve Ion

Compliance Officer and Supervisor

Steve joined David Plucks in April 2018 with 20 years in the industry. He came to us bringing a new vision and energy as an Area Supervisor and Compliance Officer, a very demanding yet rewarding role.

Steve has a very sporting background having played Basketball and Football all across Europe. He also enjoys playing golf and his claim to fame is that he has had two hole-in-ones on par 4 holes, but has seldom hit the green on a par 3.

His other interests include cooking and music in his spare time and is proficient on multiple instruments, his passion being the piano which he has played since he was 4yrs old.

He is an extremely passionate Burnley supporter and he claims his blood is Claret and Blue.

Will Brown

Senior Group Manager

Will, after finishing his degree in Biomedical Sciences and spending a few months traveling joined one of our competitors in 2011 as a deputy manager and worked his way up to be a shop manager. 

In 2014 he joined David Plucks as a shop manager before going on to be part of the trading team, and then a Senior Group Manager. 

Married with one cheeky toddler he likes to spend his spare time cycling when he’s not with his family.

Stephanie Roberts

Office Manager

Steph joined us in 2003 in the office, and became office manager in 2008. 

She has 2 daughters called Imogen & Layla and in her spare time she takes part in running events for various charities. 

Steph has completed two marathons, but thought they were too easy and has moved onto ultra marathons of over 50 miles!

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