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NOT many journalists dared to go toe to toe with Eddie Turnbull. Few in the Press had the guts to stand up to Sir Alex Ferguson.

But then there are not many in the inky trade like Ian Broadley.

The doyen of north-east journalism passed away suddenly on Wednesday, at the age of 72, after a suspected heart attack.

No age at all but here was a man who packed in enough for five lifetimes during his 50 years in the newspaper industry.

Fearless and occasionally fearsome, Sir Alex summed "Bonesy" up perfectly when he heard the sad news.

Fergie said: "I had many arguments with him over the years but I could never get angry. I never fell out with him which says a lot when you consider my battles with the Press."

Born in Dumbarton and having graduated from local papers to the newsdesk of the Daily Express he moved to the Daily Record in the mid-60s and remained for more than 20 years.

Broadley's battles with managers are stuff of legend in the Press. At the age of just 25 he refused to back down when famously fearsome Dons boss Turnbull offered to take the cub reporter outside for a square go on the eve of the 1967 Scottish Cup Final.

Broadley didn't back down but Turnbull eventually did. It was the same when it came to Fergie. Broadley refused to back down his entire career.

Broadley spent the last decade as a freelance, working for the Record until the end of last season.

He leaves behind wife Margaret and sons John and Gavin.


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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 23, 2014
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