Posted: March 10th, 2016
Former Sunday Mirror sports reporter VINCE WILSON died on March 7 (2016), aged 83. His funeral is at noon on Friday, March 18 at Christ Church, Chester Road, Woodford, Cheshire SK7 1PR, followed by cremation at Stockport Crematorium.
Obituary By JOHN HUXLEY
Former Sunday Mirror northern soccer writer VINCE WILSON died on March 7 at his home in Cheshire, surrounded by his wife Nora and his family. He was 83.
Vince, who was born at Seaham Harbour, Co. Durham, started his life as a colliery clerk but moved into journalism with the Durham Chronicle. He later joined the Sunderland Echo before being appointed Sunday Mirror sports writer in the North East of England.
He then moved down to Manchester to become the chief northern soccer writer, a post he held on the paper until Robert Maxwell closed down the Manchester operations in May, 1988.
Vince was well connected in national soccer circles. His contact book contained some of the biggest names in the game, including Brian Clough, whom he met during their respective time in Sunderland, and legendary Liverpool manager Bob Paisley.
After the demise of the Sunday Mirror sports desk in Manchester, Vince freelanced for a short time, working with the Express Group and contributing to Liverpool FC’s match-day programme.
After he retired, Vince spent a great deal of his time tending his two allotments – and playing the piano. Health problems made life more difficult during the last couple of years and he cut back to one allotment – but he was still enjoying his piano until very recently.