A sports journalist who spent three decades covering a football club for a regional daily has been honoured at a match.
Gordon Sharrock, pictured left, recently retired from The Bolton News after a 45 year career in newspapers, 30 of which were spent covering Bolton Wanderers.
He was the guest of honour at Saturday’s game against Birmingham City, which his family also attended.
Gordon, who started out in journalism at the Leigh Journal, became the Wanderers reporter for the Bolton daily in 1978, covering them for 30 years, before becoming the deputy sports editor in 2008.
At the match, Gordon was presented with a special glass momento depicting the Reebok Stadium, now known as the Macron Stadium, and Burnden Park – where he experienced the highs and lows of the team over the years.
He told his former title: “It was a lovely gesture from the club. It has been a great honour covering them down the years for my local paper.”
At the match on Saturday, Gordon met with chairman Phil Gartside and vice-chairman Brett Warburton, who presented him with the momento of his time covering the club.
He then went out on the pitch to make the half-time Golden Gamble draw with former Wanderers midfielder Tony Kelly.
Gordon was also quizzed by comedian and compere Norman Prince in the Platinum Suite, where he recounted some of the famous players he had dealt with, from Frank Worthington to Youri Djorkaeff.