Michael Sheeran: Photographer recalls a fine old-fashioned journalist

“Michael was an old fashioned journalist of the finest kind.

“Michael was an old fashioned journalist of the finest kind.

“Truth and getting his facts right were important to him. A friend, a confidant, funny, fabulously cantankerous at times.

“A surprising academic, encouraging, helpful and inspiring. Too few of his calibre left.

“All in all a wonderful, delightful old bollocks really.

“A helping hand to those in need. A tutor’s guiding hand. Patient enough to polish bog oak.

“They don’t make them like they used to. Stick me on a pint old friend.”

- Adrian Melia, sports photographer