NOW AVAILABLE: My Life With the Stars: Sizzling Secrets Spilled! – Tony Flood
“My Life With The Stars is full of amusing anecdotes and sizzling secrets about big names from showbiz and sport.”
Al Murray – ‘The Pub Landlord’, comedian, actor and writer
Former Fleet Street journalist and Sky Television executive Tony Flood provides more revelations and amusing anecdotes in the second edition of this celebrity book, which includes additional content, not published in the earlier version, about some of the BIGGEST names in showbiz and sport.
Tony spills the beans on the musical legend who had a penchant for teenage girls in white panties, the female singer whose cure for settling stage nerves was revealed when the curtain rose on her being spanked by members of the band, and the world-famous star who suffered a mental breakdown. There are also laughs galore in stories about a host of funny men, from Eric Morcambe to Joe Pasquale.
“Tony Flood has come up with virtually an A to Z of so many showbiz and sports stars from Peter Andre to David Walliams – and tells great stories about them! Fans young and old should love it.”
Anita Harris – singer & actress
There’s tragedy, too, as Flood recounts his exclusive interview with devastated Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar immediately after the Hillsborough disaster, and Bobby Charlton’s emotional memories of how Manchester United rose from the ashes of the Munich air crash
“Former journalist Tony Flood recalls some knockout anecdotes about his meetings with me and Muhammad Ali. He also has plenty of stories about George Best, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton, Harry Redknapp, Kenny Dalglish, Sir Alex Ferguson, Elvis Presley, Eric Morecambe, Joan Collins, Frank Sinatra, Kylie Minogue and many more!”
Frank Bruno – former world boxing champion
Showbiz pals were targets for Eric Morecambe’s impish fun.
Eric Morecambe had a wicked sense of humour, both on and off stage. And some of his showbiz friends were on the receiving end, particularly Des O’Connor.
When I met Des and watched him perform in Eastbourne he revealed Eric’s biggest ‘put down’. He recalled: “I once told Eric I had done a one-man show and he replied ‘Let’s hope two turn up next time.”
Fiona Castle, widow of popular entertainer Roy Castle, also tells how some of Eric’s impish fun was at her expense after appearing with Morecambe and Wise at the Coventry Hippodrome where she was a dancer in the chorus.
Fiona, who was giving one of her talks when I met her at the Langham Hotel, Eastbourne, let slip to Eric that she was a big fan of the multi-talented Roy and would love to meet him. So some time later Eric invited her to a TV show to introduce her to Roy.
But he embarrassed her by saying: “Roy, this is Fiona, and she’s in love with you.”
She then learned that Eric had been even more outrageous when he had set up the meeting. He had told Roy: “I’ve got this sad little case coming to see you. She has braces and a pigtail – try to be nice to her.”
I met George Best a couple of times socially and on the second occasion I was asked by one of his sexy female admirers to hand him her G-string, wrapped around a key, so that she could try to lure him into her bedroom.
But my biggest memory of Best was playing with him in a benefit match for former Charlton Athletic goal-scoring hero Derek Hales. I will relate this amusing story first and come to the foxy lady a little later!
My appearance with the Irish genius was also memorable for another Charlton player, Steve Gritt, who later became the club’s joint manager.
Gritt wrote in the club programme: “It was a massive coup to get George along. The one thing I remember about the game was that a reporter called Tony Flood came on at half-time and followed George around for 45 minutes. It was like he was shadow-marking him – but they were on the same team!”
That’s how much in awe of Best I was at the time!
He had lost his acceleration, but I was able to see his magic footwork at close hand as he glided past opponents as if they weren’t there. It was a master class in ball control and, needless to say, there were several goals created or scored that day by the former Manchester United legend, arguably the greatest player of his era.
I don’t think I contributed much, apart from one ‘golden’ moment. I actually played a return pass to Best to help set up one of the goals, which left me well chuffed! I was extremely grateful to the organiser Michael La Roche for inviting me to play in this star-studded match at Welling United’s ground on May 5, 1985, simply on the basis that I was reasonably well known locally as a journalist who covered Charlton’s matches.
My other team-mates and I saw Best naked in the showers afterwards – and he still looked in pretty good shape to us, even though he was well past his prime and loved drinking.
But my admiration for George was nothing compared to what the ladies felt for him. I was present on another occasion when a leggy lady went to great lengths to get him into her bed.
We were at a plush hotel where I chatted to George in a ‘VIP area’ which was out of bounds to this very attractive, elegantly dressed woman who called “Hello, George” in a deliciously soft voice. All she got from Bestie was a smile, but that did not deter her.
This gorgeous blonde, in her thirties, watched me go to the loo and presumably she quickly visited the ‘ladies’ at the same time. When I came out of the ‘gents’ she was waiting for me.
She pressed herself against me, pushed something into my hand and purred seductively with that wonderful voice: “Give this to George – tell him it’s from the blonde he smiled at.” When I looked I found she had given me her bright pink G-string, with the waistband tied around a room key.
Without a trace of embarrassment she smiled at me mischievously, and then added: “Tell him I’ve just taken it off.”
“Tony Flood gives a new insight into many of the scandals that have gone on in sport, show business and newspapers. And there are some rib-tickling quotes from Harry Redknapp and yours truly.”
Tommy Docherty – former Manchester United manager
About the Author
Tony Flood is a respected journalist who has spent decades meeting, interviewing and befriending many of the stars of sport, stage and screen.
The first edition of his celebrity revelations, My Life With the Stars: Best, Ali and the Panties, soared to #1 in it’s category on Amazon top 100 e-versions. In the new edition, due for general release next month under the title, MY LIFE WITH THE STARS: SIZZLING SECRETS SPILLED! he reveals many of the stories behind his scoops – including those that could not be told at the time!
A gifted interviewer, Tony has material from his years in Fleet Street, in regional newspapers, as Editor of Football Monthly magazine and as Controller of Information at Sky Television – plus a spell with the notorious Sunday Sport!
He retired in September 2009 after spending eight years with the Sunday People, and is now content to write books and theatre reviews for the Brighton Argus and Eastbourne Herald.
His work as a leisure writer, critic and sports editor saw him take on a variety of challenges – learning to dance with Strictly Come Dancing star Erin Boag, becoming a stand-up comedian and playing football with the late George Best and Bobby Moore.
In addition to his celebrity book, Tony has successfully written in other genres – fantasy adventure SECRET POTION, recommended by best-selling author Jessica Duchen for Harry Potter fans, and spicy crime thriller TRIPLE TEASE, endorsed by top crime writer Peter James. He has picked up awards as a journalist and as a writer, as well as being honoured in the Eastbourne Resident of the Year awards.
Tony’s wife Heather Flood is the author of children’s books MOUSEY MOUSEY AND THE WITCHES’ SPELLS, MOUSEY MOUSEY AND THE WITCHES’ REVENGE, GIANT STICKER MONSTER AND OTHER CHILDREN’S STORIES and PURPLE MIST, which is for older children.
Tony and Heather run a Creative Writing Group and are both officials of Anderida Writers of Eastbourne. The link for the Anderida website is: http://anderidawriterseastbourne.org.uk/news.html