Keith Meadows, Mirror sports desk stalwart, has died

Keith Meadows, a former sports reporter on the in Manchester, has died following a long battle against cancer.

Meadows, 69, was NUJ FoC when Robert Maxwell shut down the northern operation in 1988, and phe layed a major part in negotiating pay-offs for the staff.

A non-religious service will be held at Fred Hamer’s Funeral Home, James Street, Rawtenstall, Lancashire, on Friday August 26 at 1pm. He will be laid to rest shortly afterwards at Rawtenstall cemetery, where he often walked his dogs.

A celebration of his extraordinary life will then take place in his favourite pub, The Black Dog, in his home village of Crawshawbooth just up the road from Rawtenstall from 2pm.

He wasn’t a fan of flowers, just York City, so any donations please to McMillan Cancer or the Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary near Ramsbottom.

Meadows leaves a son, Mark, who is European sports correspondent for Reuters, based in London.