A heartfelt tribute to a sports writing legend: John Bean

I AM sad to learn about the passing of the former Daily Express sports writer John Bean, who has died at the age of 81.

John, who learnt his trade with the Leek Post & Times, before taking the step up to the ‘nationals’, was an inspiration to cub reporters like myself at the start of their journey.

He won the hearts of many famous friends during his illustrious career including the likes of Jack Charlton and Ron Atkinson, and he was a popular member of his local community at Rushton Spencer, near Leek.

John was a big fan of Port Vale and I hope the football club will recognise his passing.

RIP John Bean: a gentleman, legend of sports journalism and a wonderful character.

Gary Shenton

Former Editor

Leek Post & Times