Ken Montgomery, Sunday Mirror football writer

Ken Montgomery, chief football writer at the Sunday Mirror for 30 years, has died after a short illness. He was 69.

His passing was reported by the Football Writers’ Association, where he had served as Executive Secretary since 1996, only stepping down in the summer when his health began to fail.

Montgomery was a hugely respected figure among his colleagues and within football and beyond.

Steve Bates, chairman of the FWA, said, “The FWA will always appreciate Ken’s tireless work in organising our major functions over the last decade and more.

“Ken was a great help to me and I know our previous chairmen all feel the same. Even though he was no longer ‘on the road’ Ken was still passionate about football – and making sure the FWA was at the forefront of the game. We will miss him.”