A CHAMPION of the Evening News’ youths and amateur football coverage, sports desk sub-editor Colin Greenhill sadly passed away on Saturday evening, aged 57, having recently been diagnosed with cancer.
Known fondly to his colleagues as “The Gadge” and a one-time “hot-metal man”, Colin began work with TSPL in 1971 and went on to work for The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday as a journalist before joining the Evening News.
Colin’s passion was youth football. He coached in youth sections at Glenpark, Edinburgh City and Hutchison Vale among others and was the “voice of youth football” in the Evening News.
Alan Archibald, of the South East Region Youth Football Association, said: “Colin was a tremendous character, a gem of a bloke.
“He was the life and soul of Local Heroes, he built it up. He made sure we had amateurs on a Tuesday, youths on a Wednesday and a Local Heroes section at the weekend. The excellent coverage that the Evening News has today of youth and amateur football in the Lothians is mostly down to his passion and endeavour.
“He was the voice of youth football, although he catered for all sports, such as darts and billiards.
“He also did a lot of good work in the coaching community. A lot of the youths he taught went on to play at a higher level.
“He will be sadly missed.”
Mark Atkinson, Deputy Sports Editor of the Evening News, said: “Colin was a great character to have in the office. He was funny, witty and a fine sub-editor whose attention to detail was unrivalled.
“He was devoted to coverage of youth and amateur football in the paper. He will be deeply missed by all that worked with him at the Evening News.”
Evening News editor Frank O’Donnell said: “Colin was well known to so many people involved in football in the east of Scotland.
“His encouragement to young players and his love of the game was always apparent. He is a big loss.”
He is survived by his wife Gillian, three children, Paul, David and Emma, and three grandchildren. A date for the funeral has yet to be set.