He boasts that they’ve by no means had an argument in 54 years and that with out her he’d be misplaced. 

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She is aware of the right way to maintain him in line, telling him to settle down when he ‘will get the hump’ — which, as a famously unhealthy loser, he’s liable to — cooking all his meals, making his espresso and doing his writing for him (she’s the one particular person he has ever written a card to).

And yesterday the celebs of probably the most surprising of jungle love tales — former soccer supervisor Harry Redknapp and his spouse Sandra — had been having fun with a much-anticipated reunion after his triumph on I am A Movie star . . . Get Me Out Of Right here!

Harry Redknapp was crowned King of the Jungle on ITV's I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! in the Sunday night final. He is pictured with his wife Sandra Redknapp as Harry wears his jungle crown

Harry Redknapp was crowned King of the Jungle on ITV's I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! in the Sunday night final. He is pictured with his wife Sandra Redknapp as Harry wears his jungle crown

Harry Redknapp was topped King of the Jungle on ITV’s I am a Movie star…Get Me Out of Right here! within the Sunday evening closing. He’s pictured together with his spouse Sandra Redknapp as Harry wears his jungle crown

Sandra, after all, wasn’t within the Australian jungle with Harry. He was in there — separated from the lady he calls his ‘missus’ — for the longest interval in his life. 

It was that enforced separation that had tv viewers drawing a collective ‘aaaaah’ with Harry’s unashamedly soppy, however most of all completely real outpourings, as he pined for his Sandra.

‘We do every little thing collectively,’ he informed his campmates. ‘I’ve been with Sandra for 54 years and I hate being away from her.’

No romantic blockbuster might rival the tearful second (for them and the viewers) they had been reunited, briefly, in camp final Friday, when the surviving inmates had been allowed a go to from family members.

‘I am not going to allow you to go,’ he mentioned. ‘You are not going anyplace. You’ll be able to are available in my hammock!’

Harry and Sandra’s wedding in 1967. They met in the Two Puddings pub in Stratford, both aged 17. Harry says that she was his ‘best signing’

Harry and Sandra’s wedding in 1967. They met in the Two Puddings pub in Stratford, both aged 17. Harry says that she was his ‘best signing’

Harry and Sandra’s marriage ceremony in 1967. They met within the Two Puddings pub in Stratford, each aged 17. Harry says that she was his ‘finest signing’

Each love story has a spot the place all of it started — and for Harry Redknapp, 71, it was an East Finish boozer named the Two Puddings, in Stratford.

It was, in 1964, certainly one of London’s busiest and most trendy (if infamous) pubs, drawing TV presenters, sportsmen, sometimes even gangsters.

And it was right here {that a} 17-year-old younger footballer named Harry launched himself to a 17-year-old hairdresser named Sandra.

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She was dancing round a pile of purses with a buddy; Harry determined she was ‘the one’.

‘I liked Sandra to bits from day one,’ he mentioned. ‘I at all times say she was my finest signing. [My son] Jamie tells me I gained the Lottery the day I met her and I did.’

The Redknapps appeared on 'All Star Mr & Mrs' TV show. On the TV quiz, the couple got every question right about each other

The Redknapps appeared on 'All Star Mr & Mrs' TV show. On the TV quiz, the couple got every question right about each other

The Redknapps appeared on ‘All Star Mr & Mrs’ TV present. On the TV quiz, the couple received each query proper about one another

Sandra lived in a home with a backyard in Barking and Harry, who was incomes simply £20 every week as a younger participant at West Ham and lived in a block of flats in a rougher space, was impressed.

Sandra’s Royal Albert Dock foreman dad, Invoice Harris, was a formidable presence (‘arms greater than my legs,’ recalled Harry, in his autobiography). ‘I used to take Sandra dwelling after going out, and if I used to be there longer than 10 minutes the previous man used to bang on the ground from the bed room.’

Harry almost got here a cropper when Invoice adopted him to the canine one evening, leading to a stern telling off from his potential father-in-law, who did not approve.

Undeterred, the couple started planning to marry — Sandra was incomes £1.50 for a wash and set and Harry, who had left faculty with no {qualifications}, discovered work in a grocery store stacking cabinets to complement his wages as a way to afford the ceremony.

The then West Ham midfielder Harry with Sandra and their one year-old son Mark in 1971

The then West Ham midfielder Harry with Sandra and their one year-old son Mark in 1971

The then West Ham midfielder Harry with Sandra and their one year-old son Mark in 1971

When he confessed to his West Ham boss Ron Greenwood, his pay was elevated by ‘two quid every week’, and the couple lastly wed in 1967, with a ceremony at Barking Abbey church, adopted by sandwiches and cake at a social membership in Ilford. The honeymoon was in Torquay.

By coincidence, the wedding wasn’t the primary footballing relationship in Sandra’s household, her twin sister Patricia, who died in 2008 of pneumonia, married Harry’s buddy and teammate Frank Lampard Sr.

Like many younger {couples}, they struggled financially and had been as soon as so ‘skint’ they might barely afford the mortgage on their £6,000 semi when Sandra was pregnant with second son Jamie, 45, the previous England star and now Mail columnist. They’ve an older son, Mark, who’s 48 and made his profession in modelling.

Sandra helped out by doing hairdressing from dwelling in Hampshire, the place they lived when he performed for Bournemouth. However good instances had been simply across the nook.

Harry is pictured in hospital after a car crash in Italy in 1990. The crash killed his friend Brian Tiler and three young Italians

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Harry is pictured in hospital after a car crash in Italy in 1990. The crash killed his friend Brian Tiler and three young Italians

Harry is pictured in hospital after a automotive crash in Italy in 1990. The crash killed his buddy Brian Tiler and three younger Italians

By the point he was made West Ham supervisor in 1994, later shifting to Portsmouth, he was incomes £800,000 a 12 months — plus £500,000 bonus for guiding the group to promotion to the Premier League).

It enabled the couple to pay £three million for his or her lovely dwelling on Dorset’s unique Sandbanks peninsula. (Once they moved in 2015, it was to a brand new dwelling simply across the nook.)

Certainly, till he retired from soccer administration final 12 months his long-standing routine was to make the quickest getaway attainable, returning to his spouse and residential in Poole.

‘After I go dwelling, I need to get away from all of the soccer for a short time by taking the canine for a stroll and simply chatting to my missus,’ he mentioned.

Harry admits he lives in concern of one thing horrible occurring to Sandra

‘I could not cope,’ he informed the Mail in an interview in 2013. ‘She treats me like a child. She does every little thing. I am unable to cook dinner, I am unable to make a espresso, I am unable to do nothing. I might make a cup of tea and a cheese sandwich, however that is it.’

He almost needed to check his personal resilience, when one thing horrible did occur in 2016. In a freak accident, Sandra’s coat received caught within the automotive door and he ran her over, leaving her needing surgical procedure on her ankle.

‘Sandra went throughout the highway and sadly she had gone behind the automotive and as I went to drive off I caught her,’ he mentioned. ‘I drove over her ankle, mainly.’

The Redknapps, who both love Italian food, are pictured on holiday in Sardinia in 2011

The Redknapps, who both love Italian food, are pictured on holiday in Sardinia in 2011

The Redknapps, who each love Italian meals, are pictured on vacation in Sardinia in 2011

It is not the one calamity they’ve overcome — there was the terrifying highway accident in Italy in 1990 which killed his buddy Brian Tiler and three younger Italians. 

Harry was critically injured, however recovered, although it value him his sense of scent and left him with these trademark droopy eyes.

He is had a most cancers scare (a tumour was faraway from his bladder), and coronary heart surgical procedure, and there was the time within the late Noughties when he was investigated for tax evasion. His title was lastly cleared at courtroom in 2012.

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Harry turned down a job managing Newcastle as a result of working 370 miles away would have compelled an excessive amount of time away from Sandra.

A glamorous determine at 71, Sandra is the unique footballer’s spouse; albeit a modest one. Harry describes her as a ‘very mild and quiet particular person’. She as soon as described herself as ‘the lady behind the person’.

In a freak accident in 2016, Sandra’s coat got caught in the car door and he ran her over, leaving her needing surgery on her ankle

In a freak accident in 2016, Sandra’s coat got caught in the car door and he ran her over, leaving her needing surgery on her ankle

In a freak accident in 2016, Sandra’s coat received caught within the automotive door and he ran her over, leaving her needing surgical procedure on her ankle

Not that it is at all times been simple: ‘Being married to somebody like Harry or any of those males within the soccer world is sort of laborious typically. 

‘You attempt to maintain issues regular, however it may be a wrestle. Harry drives me mad typically. It might really feel like there’s not sufficient time for us.’

When requested about the important thing to a profitable marriage to a high-profile footballing determine, she mentioned: ‘You have simply received to be there within the background and help all of them the best way. There is not any huge thriller, you’ve got simply received to be there.’

Devoted and beneficiant (she as soon as loaned their new Polish cleaner £10,000 as a result of she wanted someplace to dwell), Sandra is seemingly content material to let her husband take the lead, whereas shoring up the house entrance, elevating their two youngsters and doting on their 5 grandchildren.

Whereas she did not routinely go to her husband’s video games, when her sons had been younger she would traipse across the nation supporting them as they performed soccer.

The loss of life of Sandra’s twin sister hit them each laborious. They help the charity Leukaemia Busters.

These near Harry know he has at all times worn his coronary heart on his sleeve so far as Sandra is worried.

In 2008 he celebrated Portsmouth reaching the FA Cup Remaining by calling his native radio station and requesting Billy Joel’s hit I Love You Simply The Method You Are for Sandra.

In 2003, he informed sports activities reporters: ‘Folks may assume I am the chirpy wheeler-dealer, however that is not me. We by no means go to events or the West Finish. We love to seek out someplace good and quiet to go to dinner. That is how we dwell our lives.

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