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Fergie leads tributes as football journalist Brian Woolnough dies

The Daily Star chief football writer and the host of Sky sports Sunday Supplement was 63 years of age.

Brian Woolnough.
Brian Woolnough.

WELL-KNOWN ENGLISH football journalist Brian Woolnough has passed away, aged 63.

The Sunday Supplement presenter and Daily Star chief sports writer had suffered from bowel cancer.

Woolnough was a fixture in the front seat of England press conferences for many years and the FA paid tribute to the reporter, writing on their Twitter page: “The FA would like to send its condolences to the family of Brian Woolnough, Daily Star chief sports writer, who sadly passed away aged 63.”

Alex Ferguson was asked about the news at his Champions League press conference this afternoon. ’I liked him. He was a good man, Brian. He was a good journalist and a good personality,” he said. “He asked good questions, sometimes too good! It’s very sad and my thoughts are with his family at this time.’

Match of the Day host Gary Lineker added: ‘Very sorry to hear that Brian Woolnough has passed away. One of football’s finest journalists. #RIPWooly’

Woolnough leaves a wife, Linda, and three children.

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