RIP David Meek

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    Frank Grimes Full Member

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    Former MEN united reporter has died. I remember reading a lot of books on United as a kid that he had written or co written, season review books and the like. His name was always linked with United as far back as I can remember. Sad news, RIP.
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    Ahh, remember him on Hold the Back Page fighting United’s corner for many years.


    RIP
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    DomesticTadpole Doom-monger obsessed with Herrera & the M.E.N.

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    Remember him on MUTV in it's early days when I was a kid. One of the old school journalists, when they could be trusted. RIP David.
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    black country red New Member

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    if recall right he used to do a coloum in the matchday programme
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    RIP
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    He took over as the United reporter in Feb 58, after the death of Tom Jackson till about 95. I'd trust his reporting over any national guy, and some of his books about the history of the club were essential reading for any young reds in the 80's. He helped the club set up the museum as well. It's another part of my childhood gone. RIP.
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    NYAS Full Member

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    Wow, this has upset me more than I thought it would. He used to have a great relationship with Fergie and was always on MUTV back in the day. RIP.

    Thank you OP for making a thread on this.
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    EwanI Ted Full Member

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    Really sad news. Meek made the MEN vital reading about United when I was a kid.
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    dave1956 Full Member

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    A true "Red ", his after match reports in the Football Pink were class.
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    MoskvaRed Full Member

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    Sad news. Synonymous with United through his long stint at the MEN and always seemed a nice guy.
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    Farewell to an MUFC institution. My dad bought me his book "Champions Again - Manchester United" for Christmas in 1966. It was a review of the 1964-65 season and David Meek signed it for me. My dad, who worked on the Mirror, knew David Meek and Frank McGee and shared the odd pint or three with them in the Press Club on Deansgate, which was opposite the MEN and the Observer offices.

    I used to read his column in the Pink every week and, of course, his contributions to the 'United Review.' He famously fell out with Tommy Docherty back in the day and was, if memory serves, banned from the club for a while.
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    I had a couple of books by David when I was a kid and always trusted what he had to say in the Evening News. RIP David
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    Sad news he was a great reporter and journalist. Remember his column in the program every home game and he used to write in the Manchester Evening News. He was united through and through. Remember when we were drawn to play an Austrian team in the 60's in a European competition. They were called Vorwärts. Remeber hearing him on the telly calling them four farts. He had some humour about him!
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    Sad news he seemed like a great guy.
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    I remember that game. I think they were actually German, maybe East German. I do know that we beat them.
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    RIP
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    Remember him swimming against the tide of ABU media shit in the 90's

    He goes waaay back before then with United

    A gent and a Top Red. RIP
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    I read so many of his match reports, articles and interviews over the years. A big part of my early United life and a reporter with a real connection and feeling to the club.

    RIP
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    One of SAF's favouite journos. Think he ghost writed his programme notes for many years.
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    I knew him from some articles, but I belive he was special to Manchester jorunalism. RIP
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    Sad news. As was already said, his books about the club were required reading for kids and adults learning about the club. I still have a couple on the shelf.
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    Gentleman Jim It's absolutely amazing!

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    Don't know anyone who has anything but praise for him.

    RIP.
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    My family took the Evening News every night when I was growing up so I naturally spent a lot of time reading his work. I also have a couple of books that he contributed to.

    I liked reading him, RIP.
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    Always enjoyed reading and listening to David as a youngster during the 80s/90s in MEN, local TV and documentaries, he was extremely knowledgeable and calm and collected.

    What a great era to be a part of and he covered it all.
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    Excellent journalist, eloquent writer and a good man.
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    I clearly remember him having a column in the mid 70s
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    I lived in Manchester in the mid 70s while at university. I read the MEN on occasion and found his work interesting, informative and not too biased. Sorry to hear he has passed away.
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    R.I.P. Mr. United.
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    R. I. P. :(
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    DomesticTadpole Doom-monger obsessed with Herrera & the M.E.N.

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    Alan Brazil mentioned this on Talksport as he had played for United and was very sad about the news. He said that you could talk to David and knew that whatever you said in confidence would stay that way.
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    mitchmouse Full Member

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    Hadn't seen this. RIP a truly great journalist