Remembering a legend ian laws rip
The North East is in mourning this morning after the untimely death of sports reporter Ian Laws. Ian had been Sunderland’s reporter for the Sunderland Echo for over a decade, first reporting in the record-breaking 105 points season, seeing the club the eras of Peter Reid, Howard Wilkinson, Mick McCarthy, Roy Keane and Steve Bruce. He was an avid Sunderland fan. He left his reporting role to become Digital Editor of the Echo’s website and to spend time with his young family.
Sunderland Echo Editor Rob Lawson said: “Ian was one of the most talented journalists I’ve had the pleasure to work with. He had a way with words and writing came effortlessly to him. I first met him many years ago when he started work at the Shields Gazette, but he didn’t stay there long because he was always keen to get to what he always regarded as his paper – the Echo. I remember him telling me he’d got the SAFC writer’s job and to say he was thrilled was an understatement. Working alongside his friend and colleague Graeme Anderson, Ian provided brilliant coverage of his beloved Sunderland. He was a superb writer, very popular with the fans and well respected by the club. What I’ll remember about him is his cheeky sense of humour – he could be hilarious – and the love he had for his children, of whom he was so proud. Our thoughts and prayers today are with them and his wider family.”
SAFC’s media and communications manager, Louise Wanless, remembered Ian saying: “Ian was a great journalist – principled and with an in-depth knowledge and passion for football and especially of course Sunderland and yet he retained a natural warmth and ability to get along with everyone he met. He had a wonderful sense of humour and truly came alive when talking about his children. I had the pleasure of working with him for nine years and he will be sadly missed personally by me and by everyone at the football club.”
Niall Quinn then took the time say a few words too: “My thoughts are with Ian’s young family at this dreadful time and I was so saddened to hear the news of his passing. The relationship between a football club and its local paper is always an important one. Ian was a good friend to our club and as a local man on the local patch had a real understanding and feel for the club and what it meant to supporters. He was honest and decent and will be missed by all those who knew him and worked with him.”
Ian leaves behind his wife Kelly and children Lauren, James and Mille. Ian, 41, was playing football with friends yesterday afternoon and died shortly after returning home.
This tragic news has come as a shock to all of us at ALS and our thoughts are with Ian’s family and close friends at this sad time.
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