The funeral of Malcolm Danby MBE was held in Middlesbrough this afternoon.
Malcolm, 77, was a big supporter of and had close links with the Boro for several decades and the club was well represented at the service which was held in a packed St Bede's Chapel, Teesside Crematorium.
The service was led by one of Malcolm's old college friends Reverend Graham Benzies who lent a personal touch to the eulogy.
A tribute was read by Simon Carey on behalf of Cleveland Schools Football Association and Middlesbrough Football Club, while Malcolm's brother, Lionel, read a poem called Parky and Me written by Malcolm about his battle with Parkinson's Disease.
Psalm 23 was read, Jerusalem and Abide With Me was sung as family and friends joined with members of the wider football community to pay tribute to a hugely-respected figure.
A figurehead in local football, Malcolm, 77, was in his 69th year of supporting the Boro.
In 2011 he was awarded the MBE for Services To School and Youth Soccer, which at that time he had been involved with for 46 years.
A bright man, Malcolm’s education brought him nine O levels, 4 A levels, a Teaching Certificate with Distinction (equivalent to a degree) and a score of 160 in a Mensa test, which was the same score registered by Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.
He held several positions with various organisations from coaching – he ran a school team from 1964 to 2003 – to administration, ranging from international duty to individual schools, Stockton District Schools, Cleveland Schools and part-time work with the Boro.
He remained a leading player in the Ayresome Park Cup, a schoolboy tournament that has held its name from our old ground.
Despite suffering from Parkinson’s Disease since 2003 and arthritis, Malcolm was as active as possible and even wrote a book of poetry, from which the poem read at his commital service was taken.
*Malcolm is pictured above in between Stewart Downing and Ron Bone.