GEOFF STOREY, chief football writer on the Sunderland Echo for 19 years, has died at the age of 83.
Paul Hetherington, a friend and colleague for many years, writes:
In all, Geoff spent 40 years on the Echo, a one-paper man. And he was also a one-club man, who fulfilled an ambition when he became the Sunderland correspondent.
At times, though, his opinions brought him into conflict with the club he loved.
But It was a measure of his popularity and respect within the game, that one of the first people to contact me about Geoff’s death was former Sunderland manager Peter Reid, who said: ”This is very sad news – he was a good man.”
Geoff was old school, on Sunderland away trips in the 1970s and 80s, he loved a pint on a Friday night with fellow north east-based journalists at the time like myself, John Richardson, Bill Bradshaw and Frank Johnson. I’ll never forget those days.
A good footballer and cricketer in his younger days, Geoff will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
His funeral is on November 15 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Penshaw, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, at 9.45 am.