Eric Hall: Legendary Former Football Agent Dies At 73 | Ents & Arts News


Eric Hall, the flamboyant football agent who was involved in the big deal explosion at the start of the Premier League, has died aged 73.

Known for his extravagant fashion sense and his slogan “monster, monster”, Hall was initially a music promoter for artists such as Queen, Marc Bolan and the Sex Pistols.

He went on to lead some of football’s biggest names in the ’80s and’ 90s, following a chance meeting with former Tottenham Hotspur player Steve Perryman.

Hall was often spotted with a cigar. Pic: Allsport UK

Players represented by Hall included Neil “Razor” Ruddock, Dennis Wise and John Fashanu, as well as former England manager Terry Venables.

Hall claimed to be the first football agent to obtain goal bonuses written into his players’ contracts.

While representing Newcastle United goalkeeper Dave Beasant, he secured a goal bonus for the player, apparently ignoring his client’s position on the pitch, which led his new club to happily sign on the dotted line .

In an interview with The Telegraph earlier this year he recounted the deal and said: “He told me he was moving from Wimbledon to Newcastle and asked if I could do the deal, so I said I would and traveled to meet the club.

“I’m giving all my shtick -” This player is awesome and I want bonuses of £ 9,000 per goal and after 10 goals £ 100,000 more. ”

“Newcastle said, ‘Our pleasure, Eric“. I walked out of the meeting and Dave said, “Eric, do you know what position I’m playing? Goalkeeper ” . “

Hall claimed to be the first agent to secure objective bonus payments in contracts

He operated for years without an official agent license, but eventually got the £ 30,000 certification for free by then FA Managing Director Graham Kelly.

In 1997, Hall had to take a hiatus after hiring E. coli – essentially ending his career as a football agent.

Later in life he turned his talents to the airwaves and hosted on local radio stations in Essex, where he performed music from the 50s and 60s.

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Lord Alan Sugar, who owned Tottenham Hotspur while Hall was active, tweeted to say he was a ‘real character’, while former Liverpool and Tottenham striker Paul Walsh added: ‘Very sad to hear the death of the monster monster Eric Hall, a real character. My thoughts are with the family, a RIP monster to Eric. ”

Hall is believed to have suffered from underlying health issues and passed away peacefully on Monday with his nephew by his side.


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