Tony had an especially piquant interest in the late, great Duncan Edwards – and even wrote a biopic on the Busby Babe, which sadly fell through.
“I’m pretty sure he saw Duncan play, because my grandad used to take him when he was little,” says Paul. “But a lot of it [the fascination] would have been word of mouth. People spoke about this giant figure that was capable of anything, could play in any position, and no-one could knock him down. It must have been like a thousand years ago, if you were a little kid growing up in the Roman times and hearing about this great centurion. Because people speak about United in mythical ways, don’t they? I’ve still got the screenplay here, so maybe something good can still come of it!”
Even when work was the priority, the club was never far away from the cartoonist’s thoughts.
“He was always on to something,” marvels Paul. “You couldn’t even chat to him without giving him an idea. Then he’d go into his office and listen to Neil Young or Low or the Stones and just concentrate on his art. He has this gorilla in there that always had a United scarf around it, and there’s a picture of Mark Hughes too, which he nicked off me!”