“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