Tributes to former Hull City reporter Danny Fullbrook, who has died at 40
THE world of football journalism is mourning the loss of one its brightest stars after the death of former Hull Daily Mail reporter Danny Fullbrook at the age of 40.
Danny, who worked at the Mail between 1994 and 1997 before rising to the role of chief football writer for the Daily Star, died yesterday after an 18-month battle with cancer.
Tributes quickly poured in for Fullbrook from around the game, with Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand among those to offer his condolences.
Ferdinand tweeted: "RIP Danny Fullbrook. Thoughts are with his family at this difficult time."
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England manager Roy Hodgson and captain Steven Gerrard also paid their respects.
Hodgson said: "On behalf of the England team and the FA, we'd like to pass on the deepest condolences to the family of Danny Fullbrook, who sadly died during the night after bravely fighting his illness."
Gerrard said: "I got to know Danny quite well. I did a column with him and he was a very nice and genuine guy and I'd like to echo what the manager said and pass on my sympathies and condolences to Danny's family."
Danny, a Londoner, began his journalism career at the Mail 18 years ago after graduating from the University of Hull.
A spell as a trainee reporter with the news team covering Bransholme paved the way for him to assume the role of City reporter in 1996 where he documented a turbulent period in the Tigers' history.
He learnt his trade as he reported on City's relegation to the basement division in 1995-96 and the turbulent reign of former chairman Martin Fish.
Colin Young, a sports journalist with the Daily Mail, was Danny's predecessor covering the Tigers and said: "Danny was one of the best football reporters of our generation. Danny was a huge character and a pleasure to work with. He was southern to his bones but embraced everything about the city and its people."
Rob Stewart, another former colleague at the Mail, said: "He put his heart and soul into the job. He had a passion for covering the Tigers and maintained an affinity for the club."
Danny spent three years working at the Mail before moving on to the Birmingham Evening Mail and Sunday Mirror. He became chief football writer with the Daily Star in 2000 at the age of 28.
A decade at the top of his profession saw Danny cover England at several major tournaments.
He was diagnosed with cancer 18 months ago and died at 4.30am on Monday morning.
He leaves behind 10-year-old son, Edward.