The marriage of DAVID BECKHAM and Elton John combined to prevent Dean Jones from losing £ 5.5million.
The Australian cricket legend died last year at the age of 59 following a heart attack.
Jones fell ill at his hotel in Mumbai while covering IPL for Star Sports broadcasters.
Brett Lee tried to resuscitate his compatriot but unfortunately was unable to do so.
His sudden passing led to many brilliant tales being shared again, including the time pop star John and Becks inadvertently combined to save Jones’ finances.
In 1999 Jones and his event management company were on the verge of signing an Australian $ 10 million [£5.5m] deal to bring Manchester United to Australia for a pair of friendlies against the national team.
However, the event was doomed to failure … only Jones hadn’t realized it.
But a reunion in a hotel room at Melbourne’s Crown Casino between music icon John and his old friend Jones saved the former drummer.
Speaking on Shane Watson’s Lessons Learned with the Greats podcast in June, Jones said: “I told Elton what date they were playing (in July) and he said, ‘Dean, I have a deal then I go to the next room, you have to look on my desk.
“I walked over to the office and there was an invitation for him to play at Beckham’s wedding which happened to be the same (time).
“And I went,” Ohhhh, so half the team is going to be with Beckham! “”
Jones decided to withdraw the deal, selling the rights to businessman René Rivkins because he did not want to pay big bucks when many Manchester United stars are reportedly absent.
In the end, Beckham, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, best man Gary Neville and even manager Sir Alex Ferguson stayed at home as Becks tied the knot with Victoria in Ireland on July 4th.
Fergie also had a date with the Queen, so left assistant Steve McClaren in charge.
Three-time winner United sent a team to play in Melbourne and Sydney, winning 2-0 and 1-0 respectively thanks to goals from Jesper Blomqvist, Nicky Butt and then Dwight Yorke.
Half the team never came … I would have lost my house and everything
Jones confronted United management over the likelihood of a full squad making the trip before deciding to withdraw their offer.
He added: “I went back to them and said, ‘Is that date correct? You have nothing? They said, ‘No.’ And I knew they were lying.
“They didn’t care. I’m not afraid to advertise the names of these guys and they just don’t show up.
“René Rivkin was also trying to make an offer and I gave him for $ 200,000 and he ended up taking the race.
“And half the team never came. You know what? I would have lost my house and everything… event management is a lot of fun, but it comes down to your networking. “