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Funeral for ex-sports editor Brodie

Ex-Northern Ireland footballers were among hundreds of mourners who attended the funeral of former Belfast Telegraph sports editor Malcolm Brodie.

Harry Gregg, who played in the 1958 World Cup finals in Sweden, Pat Jennings and Gerry Armstrong - who scored the winning goal against hosts Spain in the 1982 finals - heard emotional tributes from former colleagues and family members at Cregagh Presbyterian Church, Belfast.

Mr Brodie, who died last week aged 86, reported on 14 World Cup finals - a record number by a sports journalist.

Dame Mary Peters, an Olympic gold medallist who first met him just before the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, announced that a library which is to be part of a proposed new Northern Ireland sports museum will be named in his honour.

She said: "He was a unique man. He inspired so many generations. To know him was to love him."

All the main sports were represented. Former boxing manager Barney Eastwood, Terry Neil, the former Arsenal and Northern Ireland manager, and Maurice Hayes, the ex-Northern Ireland Ombudsman, attended the service.

Dozens of former colleagues from all the main newspapers and broadcasting outlets, including the current editor of the Belfast Telegraph, Mike Gilson, and three former editors, Roy Lilley, Ed Curran and Martin Lindsay, were present.

Mr Brodie, a Glaswegian, was evacuated to Northern Ireland at the outbreak of the Second World War when he was just 13. He joined the Telegraph in 1943, established the paper's first sports desk, and even though he retired as sports editor in 1991, he worked extensively for many of the national newspapers right up until his death.

BBC Northern Ireland broadcaster Jackie Fullerton, one of his closest friends, said: "We will never, ever see his like again in Northern Ireland journalism."

There were tributes by his three sons Iain, Steven, and Kenneth and his granddaughter Claire. They sat beside Mr Brodie's widow Margaret, whom he married in 1949. Afterwards there was a service at Roselawn Crematorium.

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