Football correspondent Bryon Butler, who died this week, learned his trade in the regional press.
Bryon, (66), achieved national recognition as the BBC Radio football correspondent between 1968-1990 and wrote the popular Talking Football column in the Daily Telegraph.
But Bryon’s early years were spent on local papers where he received a thorough grounding in the principles of sports reporting.
He began his career as a reporter on the Exeter Express and Echo when he was 16 and then moved to the Nottingham Evening News following his National Service.
After this he became a football writer at the Leicester Mercury where he became good friends with the Leicester City manager Matt Gillies.
He moved to London in 1961 to write for the Daily Telegraph and then switched to broadcasting in 1968 when he was taken by the BBC.
Along with football, Bryon was also a cricketing enthusiast, and played for his local side Merrow CC last year.
He was diagnosed with cancer five years ago and died at the same hospital where Sir Harry Secombe recently passed away.
Bryon is survived by a wife, two sons and a daughter.
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