1000’s of Stoke Metropolis followers are elevating a glass to one in every of their very own following his sudden loss of life.
Danny McCoy – often known as Cockney Dan – was a well-liked character on the terraces at each house and away matches.
The 37-year-old grew up within the shadow of Millwall however adopted within the footsteps of his dad – Cockney Ted – to turn out to be a die-hard Stoke fanatic attending his first recreation on the age of two.
He even moved to his ‘second house’ when he helped arrange Greenhoff’s Sports activities Bar – named after Stoke legend Jimmy – in Stoke city centre seven years in the past.
Now fellow Potters have come collectively to have a good time one of many largest characters the membership has ever seen after he handed away on Saturday (August 8).
Dad Danny, who lived in Knutton, was in the present day described by his mates as ‘pure gold’ and the ‘most passionate man’ you may ever want to know.
Tyrone Sidley, aged 23, from Newstead, stated: “He was prime notch. He was the life and soul of the occasion. If anybody was down you may all the time depend on him to cheer you up. He was all the time there for individuals throughout the dangerous instances.
“He beloved Stoke. He beloved going to the matches. He was identical to his dad Ted. They’re up there with being one of the best recognized Stoke followers for being cockneys.
“He was so passionate. He went all around the world with them, to Singapore, Germany, America. He simply beloved it. It was an enormous a part of his life.
“He was simply such a humorous character. He would lead the songs and chants on the terraces. Everybody knew him. He could not stroll down the road with out somebody stopping to say ‘hello’.
“He was simply gold. It is simply so tragic. We’re all in shock.”
Danny and Tyrone even took half in a weight reduction problem to boost cash for most cancers charities.
Tyrone added: “He misplaced fairly a bit extra then me. He was so dedicated. He gave 100 per cent to every little thing he did.”
Shut pal Dom Okonski would communicate to Danny day-after-day and meet up with him a number of instances every week.
The 34-year-old, of Wolstanton, stated: “We might go to the vast majority of house and away matches collectively and we had varied journeys overseas with Stoke.
“He had even booked a household vacation on the day he died and he was planning to go over to Northern Eire for pre-season.
“He was the soul of the occasion. There was by no means a boring second when Danny was round. He was the entertainer and comic. His bar had such a full of life setting, particularly on match days.
“Danny wasn’t a drinker however we’d all the time go to the pub. We met by way of soccer nevertheless it wasn’t simply that. He was a prime bloke and can by no means be forgotten. He is left an enormous variety of household and buddies behind.”
John Bowers acquired to know Danny whereas on an abroad journey to Kiev, Ukraine, whereas following Stoke within the Europa League.
The 27-year-old, from Chesterton, added: “From that journey we’ve been nice buddies and a bunch of us adopted Stoke up and down the nation and internationally collectively, to as far-off as America and Singapore.
“There’s an entire e book store I might replenish with my reminiscences about Dan. He was greater than only a pal he was like my brother, I spent extra time with him than I do my very own missus.
“There was this one time Stoke under-23s had been enjoying away from house and Danny ‘in some way’ managed to stroll by way of the fallacious door and straight into the altering rooms.
“The supervisor Kevin Russell checked out him and stated ‘can I enable you mate?’. Dan then checked out him and replied ‘sure, I’m the brand new health coach bud’. Secure to say the dressing room was in stitches.
“One pre-season journey to Germany to play Freiburg everybody was ingesting within the sq. and Danny being Danny and ever the wind up, determined to throw a lemon up within the air and it landed on the top of what he thought was going to be an indignant German. The following factor, they solely replied with ‘Ay-up Danny, I’m a reporter for the Sentinel’.
“He had a coronary heart of gold and would do something for anybody. There wasn’t a boring second available in his firm. I’ve acquired reminiscences to final a lifetime. He is gone however by no means forgotten.”
Lots of of Stoke followers have taken to social media to pay tribute to Danny.
Steven Brownsill stated: “Relaxation in Peace Danny, an absolute gent and superior bloke. I sat subsequent to him after I had my first ever season ticket and he made me really feel so comfy and was an absolute legend. My ideas and prayers are with Ted and his household.”
Additionally describing Danny as a ‘legend’, Nath Dunn wrote: “You could possibly of recognized him for 2 minutes or 20 years, you had a mate for all times. He’d deal with you all the very same. RIP Cockney Dan. Sleep simple pal, till we meet once more.”
Harvey Wragg stated: “RIP Danny, such a tragic day! Ideas of you and condolences to your loved ones, from all of us.”
Mark Frost stated: “RIP Danny, a Stokie who will probably be sadly missed by many. Ideas exit to all your loved ones.”
And Sam Smith added: “It is such unhappy information, RIP younger man. I’m certain the supporters will make you proud when someday the stadium is full. Fly excessive Potter.”