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Biting Back: Malcolm Brodie

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By Jim Gracey

Malcolm Brodie's journalistic legacy will live on as long as sports pages are produced in the Belfast Telegraph.



He created the template when he founded the first Sports Desk in any media outlet in this country, putting sport on the news agenda for the first time and right up until his passing on Tuesday night, giving sport a showcase. He loved Northern Ireland and its sportsmen and women with a passion.

Throughout the darkest years of the Troubles, he kept the flag flying for sport in Northern Ireland in the most difficult and dangerous conditions imaginable, daily providing an oasis of normality at the back of the paper in sharp contrast to the mayhem being reported at the front.

It is fair to say Irish league football would not have survived the Troubles but for his championing and promotion of the game.

It is to be hoped that immense service will be recognised at Saturday's fixtures. But more than that, he deserves, and indeed, his standing demands, a more lasting and fitting monument.

In his later years, with his lifelong friend, Dame Mary Peters, Malcolm had been campaigning for a Northern Ireland sports museum dedicated to the achievements of the many sporting greats chronicled by him down years.

The time to make his dream reality has now come; amid the vast sums now being spent on redeveloping our main stadia, a project he also supported, a modest amount must surely be found to fund the Malcolm Brodie Museum.

Malcolm has left sporting generations here a treasure trove of memories. Now we must perpetuate his.

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