egendary former football and show business agent Eric Hall has died at the age of 73.
As one of the first high-profile agents and known for his “monster monster” catchphrase, Hall was a colourful and entertaining celebrity figure in football in the 1980s and 90s.
After a chance meeting with Tottenham legend Steve Perryman, he represented many players including Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock, Robbie Savage, John Fashanu, Tim Sherwood, John Scales, Paul Walsh and Dennis Wise as well as former England manager Terry Venables, and also secured Gary Lineker’s first boot deal.
Having previously served as a tea-boy to Elton John, the larger-than-life Hall also worked in music PR and promoted the likes of Frank Sinatra, the Sex Pistols, T-Rex, Queen and the Bay City Rollers.
He booked the Sex Pistols’ infamous foul-mouthed 1976 interview on Bill Grundy’s Today show, which caused uproar.
Hall – who contracted E.Coli poisoning and septicaemia in 1997 – later presented shows on Essex radio.
Former Tottenham owner Sir Alan Sugar was among those to pay tribute to Hall following his death on Monday, writing on Twitter: “Football agent Eric Hall has passed away. He was a real character.”
Hall was also recognisable for his lively dress sense and penchant for cigars, with Stan Collymore writing: “Larger than life, great great fun, sad to think Eric Hall has passed.
“Rest in peace, Eric, hope there’s a big Churchill waiting for you on the other side. Monster Monster.”
Ex-England and Crystal Palace midfielder Geoff Thomas wrote: “Just seen that one of the most colourful characters in football when I was playing has passed away. #MonsterMonster Eric Hall. One of a kind.”
Paul Walsh tweeted: “Very sad to hear of the passing of monster monster Eric Hall a real character, my thoughts are with the family, a monster RIP to Eric.”
Sport agent Jon Smith said: “Eric hall has died – he was one of my biggest protagonists over the years who became a friend and was even one of my ushers when I married Lee. I will miss the little Bubblah . The afterlife will be a little more fun today ..but that’s our sad loss . RIP Buddy.”
Radio presenter Mike Parry tweeted: “Really sorry to hear about the death of Monster Monster Eric Hall .. did a lot of work with him over the years .. energetic and invigorating .. RIP ..”
Swedish singer and actress Britt Ekland said: “Rip Eric Hall, we had a lot of super fun monster monster times in the 90’s!”