Farewell to Cyril: ‘If Carlsberg did sports reporting...’

Bridlington Town players give Cyril a guard of honour.
Bridlington Town players give Cyril a guard of honour.

Bridlington Town is where Cyril’s heart lies and he has been involved at Queensgate for decades, as a supporter, reporter and club official.

The team’s manager Gary Allanson said: “He has offered nothing but support for me and has always been there alongside the tunnel at games wishing the team all the best before the game and saying well done afterwards.

Cyril with Bridlington Town secretary Gordon 'Ripley Red' Gillott.

Cyril with Bridlington Town secretary Gordon 'Ripley Red' Gillott.

“His reporting has always been honest and genuine, never looking for a quick headline and he could have done this with some of the performances over the last two years when we have been re-building the team, but he understood this.

“He has never criticised the club or the players and he has earned a lot of respect because of that. Not only a very good reporter but a genuine sports fan with unbelievable knowledge and you can never pull the wool over Cyril’s eyes so you had to be as honest and genuine as he was and you had to earn his respect.

“Legend is an over-used word nowadays but Cyril definitely is in this category.

“My lasting memory of Cyril was at the East Riding Senior Cup Final this season when he leant over the wall at the KC Stadium at the end of the game and shook me by the hand for what seemed like 10 minutes. He was quite emotional and said ‘Football won in the end, Gary, brilliant, just brilliant’ that meant a lot coming from someone like Cyril

“A great man and has been a real pleasure to have known him.

“If Carlsberg did sports reporting...”