A keen sports fan has discovered his long-lost dad is a famous boxing commentator in the US – putting him in line for a reported £200m inheritance.
Simon Edwards, 40, managed to track down his extended birth family to Galway, Ireland, who revealed that his biological father is Bob ‘The Colonel’ Sheridan, 76.
The football steward, from Hitchin, Herts., then got in touch with the household name via an agency, who said he instantly knew he was speaking to his son.
The pair now speak daily, with dad-of-two Simon – who calls himself ‘Colonel Jnr’ – set to jet off to Las Vegas to visit Bob in his plush £145m Nevada home.
He told The Sun : “I always dreamed of being reunited with my long lost father.
“As a boxing fan I knew exactly who he was, so it was fair to say it came as a pretty big shock. It’s just been so wonderful getting to know him.”
Simon has received messages of support from superstars like Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Lopez since hearing the amazing news.
But he added: “But if I’m honest, I’ve managed to bag a place stewarding at Wembley for the European Championship – and I’m a bit worried all this might get in the way.”
Simon tracked down his extended family to Ireland and visited them in 2019, where he learnt birth-mum Rosemary Ruane had died in 1985.
Simon, born in Newham in the capital in 1980, was put up for adoption after her death.
He was then placed with new dad Mike Edwards and new mum Sue, who he still considers to be his real parents.
Simon’s birth dad was revealed to be Bob following the 2019 visit, who had taken a trip to Galway in 1979.
Simon’s mum worked in a hotel owned by Bob’s family and they had an affair.
In a quirk of fate, Simon’s contacted Bob about their connection on the day his laid his wife Annie to rest.
Simon told local newspaper the Comet : “I just emailed him to say I was sorry for his loss.
“From there, he asked for my number and we have been speaking on the phone every day.”
Bob said: “I was lost for words when I was told, I have spent every day on the phone with Colonel Jnr.
“It has given me a new lease of life and I’m looking forward to the reunion with junior in Las Vegas later this year.”
Sheridan is famous for his distinctive voice and has called ringside action for over 10,000 fights.
This includes nearly 1,000 world title bouts and 100 heavyweight title fights, such as ‘The Rumble in the Jungle’ in 1974.
He is known as the Colonel because of his rank in the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts.
He says the relationship has been confirmed by DNA, making him the only heir to his fortune.
Simon, who also stewards at Lord’s so he can be part of the cricket, has a day job as a senior credit controller.
He said: “Bob’s sent me some tickets to go out to Vegas for his birthday in June. From there, I’ll be flying all over America.
“It’s all very exciting – but I’m trying to take it all in my stride. My mum and dad here are over the moon – they’ve always said if I wanted to find them they would be behind me.”