Legendary Manchester United journalist David Meek dies aged 88
- Journalist David Meek, who covered Manchester United, died at the age of 88
- Meek stepped in to cover the club after the tragic Munich air disaster in 1958
- He went on to be one of the most influential regional writers of his generation
David Meek, who became one of the most influential football writers of his generation, has died aged 88
David Meek, perhaps the most influential regional football writer of his generation, has died at the age of 88.
Meek was a political columnist and leader writer on the Manchester Evening News in 1958 when the Munich air disaster claimed the life of the newspaper’s Manchester United reporter Tom Jackson.
Asked to step into the role in tragic circumstances, Meek obliged.
Many years later he said: ‘It was not something I’d previously considered but in an emergency you do whatever you can to help.
‘I got to quite like the job. I did it for 37 years.’
Meek retired in 1996 but still wrote for United publications and ‘ghosted’ programme notes for Sir Alex Ferguson.
Meek urged patience by fans — and in the corridors of power at the Evening News — during Ferguson’s difficult early years at United and the Scot never forgot that.
Socially, Meek was warm, generous and kindly. Professionally, nobody understood United better.
He is survived by his second wife Liz, with whom he had retired to live in Milton Keynes, son Andrew, daughter Joanna and step-daughter Emily.
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