Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Applause tribute for sports writer Malcolm Brodie

Malcolm Brodie reported on 14 World Cup Finals
Malcolm Brodie always strived to be the best
Malcolm Brodie presents the Malcolm Brodie Trophy to Orangefield High's Chris Nicholl after Orangefield beat La Salle Bots in the Bank of Ireland Senior Cup final at New Grosvenor Stadium, Ballyskeagh

A minute of silence will be followed by another 60 seconds of applause at Northern Ireland’s football grounds this weekend as a tribute to the late, great Malcolm Brodie.

Players and fans will reflect on the life of the legendary former Belfast Telegraph sports editor at all of Saturday’s Irish Football Association matches.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and the family of George Best were among leading figures from the worlds of sport, celebrity and politics to pay tribute to Malcolm, who died in hospital on Tuesday night at the age of 86.

More tributes to the respected journalist flooded in yesterday, as the Belfast Telegraph opened a book of condolence.

Among the former colleagues who paid tribute was Jim Gracey, group sports editor at the Belfast Telegraph.

He wrote: “Thanks for everything, Malcolm. More than a legend — a colossus.”

Sports editor Steven Beacom added: “Malcolm, you were my friend and advisor. Thank you for all that you did for me and my family.

“I’ll never forget you.”

Belfast Telegraph deputy editor Gail Walker said Malcolm had met “the one deadline we never wanted him to meet”.

“A friend, a legend, an inspiration — it’s been a privilege,” she wrote.

“God rest him x.”

Brian McMullan, a former photographer for the Belfast Telegraph, added simply: “Proud to call him friend! Malky was a one-off!”

A tribute from Steven Manhinney, of the newspaper’s advertising department, recalled Malcolm’s trademark modesty.

“Met him many times in work. But met him in Liechtenstein when I called him a legend, which he played down of course!!

“Sadly missed!!”

Belfast Telegraph editor Mike Gilson said the word ‘legend’ was fully justified when referring to Malcolm.

He described the volume of tributes in the book of condolence as overwhelming.

“We thought it would be a great idea if people wanted to come in and express their condolences, and we will pass it on to the family,” he said.

“It’s really been a staggering appreciation of him.”

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