The football club owner, the former escort, and a bizarre job offer that now makes sense

Mansfield boss to marry club's CEO — two weeks after hiring her

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Were it not set against the backdrop of non-league Mansfield Town Football Club, the romantic tale of a young lady and a wealthy businessman might not be all that remarkable.

Two weeks after John Radford, the middle-aged millionaire chairman of the Nottinghamshire club, made 29-year-old Carolyn Still football's youngest chief executive, the pair, who had previously denied any romantic involvement, are to be wed.

At the time of her appointment, the Durham University politics graduate admitted she had known Mr Radford for a couple of years. In 2009 she is reported to have left a job at Seabrook Crisps for a second stint at escorting.

It is a career she is thought to have first began a decade ago, while still a student at Durham, where she worked for escort agency Lucy Brookes. A number of revealing photographs were reportedly posted online under the name "Luella".

Far down the A1M in Doncaster, Mr Radford, 16 years her senior, was growing his retail property maintenance business One Call, the success of which allowed him to buy Mansfield Town for just £1.

Ms Still moved to London, working in executive assistant roles at fashion houses Gucci and Bulgari. She moved to Leeds in 2009, to study for a post-graduate law course, and is said to have returned to escorting with a leading agency, Mckenzies.

"It's a great privilege. I intend to add vibrancy and fresh ideas to our approach off the field," Ms Still said on taking up the post at Mansfield FC, marrying the chairman evidently being one of them.

Ms Still and Mr Radford are reported to have confirmed their engagement to friends and family at the weekend. Both were unavailable for comment yesterday.

"There's an away game at Wrexham tonight, so they've gone to that," said club a spokesperson. It looked like being a passionate encounter. Ahead of the game, Wrexham were top of the Blue Square Premier while the Stags were just four points behind.

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