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IAN WILLARS OBITUARY

THE DUKE – AN OLD SCHOOL REPORTER WHO MADE YOU SMILE A WARM SMILE

By COLIN TATTUM

IAN Willars, a former Birmingham Post & Mail journalist and chairman of the Football Writers’ Association (Midlands), has died aged 75.

Ian, or 'The Duke' as he was known, was a legendary character in Midlands football and cricketing circles, and beyond.

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OATESY WAS A MAN WITH NO EGO BUT MANY BEST FRIENDS

“It’s inconceivably painful to know that we’ll never again share a press box with him, or more importantly, an after match pint”

By DAVE WOODS

David Oates was funny, loveably grumpy, stoicly Northern, a loyal friend and without the hint of an ego.

But it’s as a family man and Blackpool fan that he would probably rather you remember him.

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In Memoriam: Malcolm Brodie MBE

MALCOLM BRODIE MBE – a man beyond a legend

By CHRISTOPHER DAVIES

Malcolm Brodie, a life member of the Football Writers’ Association, was unique in sports journalism – he had covered 14 World Cups and it would have been 15 had he not been on his honeymoon. He was awarded the Jules Rimet Trophy by FIFA as the journalist who covered more World Cup finals than any other.

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In Memoriam Dave Horridge

By Jeff Farmer

The FWA - and the wider football family- has lost a great character and one of its nice guys with the death of former Daily Mirror journalist Dave Horridge.

Dave died last week at the age of 78 after a lengthy battle with debilitating illness.

I was privileged, as the Daily Mail’s man in the Midlands, to work alongside Dave in many press boxes during his 15 year spell in the patch from the early 1970s. He was a great friend and a valued colleague, respected by players, managers,directors and his reporting contemporaries alike.

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Obituary: Dave Horridge

Dave Horridge, a long-serving member of the Football Writers' Association, has died at the age of 78.

The Liverpool-born Horridge worked for the Liverpool Echo, Daily Mail and Daily Mirror. Horridge's career in the media began as a Liverpool Echo photographic messenger before becoming a sports sub editor. He joined the Daily Mail's sub-editing team in Manchester before moving to a similar role with the Daily Mirror who subsequently offered him the opportunity to be their beat reporter in Liverpool in 1963.

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Keith Meadows passes away

Keith Meadows, a former sports reporter on the Daily Mirror in Manchester, has died following a long battle against cancer.

Meadows, 69, was NUJ FOC when Robert Maxwell shut down the northern operation in 1988 and played a major part in negotiating pay-offs for the staff.

His non-religious service will be held at Fred Hamer's Funeral Home, James Street, Rawtenstall, Lancashire on Friday Aug 26 at 1pm. He will be laid to rest shortly afterwards at Rawtenstall cemetery, where he often walked his dogs.

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Ray Matts Remembered

The Football Writers' Association are saddened to hear the news Ray Matts, the long-serving Daily Mail sports reporter and FWA member, passed away after a short illness aged 70.

Ray joined the Daily Mail from the Birmingham Evening Mail as Midlands football reporter in 1980 and would go on to cover both Nottingham Forest's and Aston Villa's European Cup victories.

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Ken Montgomery passes away

IT is with great sadness that we announce the death of Ken Montgomery who passed away on Sunday after a short illness.

Ken, who was 69, was the FWA's much-valued Executive Secretary for fourteen years having taken over the role from Pat Signy. He reluctantly stepped down from his duties during the summer when he became unwell.

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Don Saunders Obituary

Don Saunders, a lifelong member of the Football Writers Association, died on Tuesday aged 85. Don famously covered both football and boxing for The Daily Telegraph for more than three decades. His funeral will take place on Monday, May 12, 2.30pm at St. Andrews Church, Whitchurch, near Plymouth. Refreshments will be available afterwards at a pub nearby, and all are welcome. Our sincere condolences go to Don's family and friends.

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Norman Wynne passes away

Norman Wynne, former Sunday People chief northern football correspondent and an honorary life member of the Football Writers Association, died on Tuesday in North Manchester Hospital. He was 77. Norman was secretary of the northern branch of the FWA for many years before being made an honorary life member of the national association.

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