Hundreds of Stoke City fans line streets to say final goodbyes to ‘Cockney Dan’


Hundreds of Stoke City fans lined up outside a crematorium to applaud and wave flags in tribute to one of the club’s biggest and most popular supporters.

Danny McCoy – known as ‘Cockney Dan’ – was carried to Carmountside Crematorium on his final journey in a coffin bedecked in the colours of his beloved Stoke.

The 37-year-old father-of-two went to his first City game at the age of two, and attended every match, both home and away, with his father, Ted McCoy, known as ‘Cockney Ted’.

Although Covid-19 restrictions meant numbers at the funeral service were limited, hundreds of friends and well-wishers turned up outside the crematorium to applaud and wave Stoke City flags.

Stoke fans have said goodbye to Danny McCoy, known as Cockney Dan

As his coffin was carried into the crematorium the song, Danny Boy, filled the room.

Leading the service, celebrant Linda Bennett said: “Danny was well known by all at the club. All the players knew him and everyone loved him.

“Danny was charming, very loveable and had the gift of the gab. He was a devoted partner to Charmaine and such a devoted dad to Jacey-Leigh and Jak.

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“He adored his family and was a brilliant dad.”

The service heard how Danny had been born in London, to parents Ted and Sue and had an older sister, Shelley.

Dad Ted took him to his first Stoke City game at the age of two and throughout his childhood, Danny would follow his club home and away – sometimes missing school when Stoke’s schedule meant a lengthy trip on a week night.

Danny McCoy and his father Ted McCoy

His love affair with Stoke City continued into adulthood and he moved away from London to the Potteries for three years, when he lived with the Bennett family.

He then returned to London to resume his business as a landscape gardener, but then came back to Stoke to take over running Greenhoffs Sports Bar.

After four years at the pub – which became extremely popular with Stoke fans – Danny left to become a self-employed delivery driver.

The congregation heard Danny had booked a family holiday to Turkey on the day he died, August 9, after suffering a cardiac arrest at his Knutton home.

A number of Danny’s friends had recorded messages of tribute to him, which were shown on a screen during the service.

Stoke fans have said goodbye to Danny McCoy, known as Cockney Dan

One friend said: “Danny left an imprint on me and on everyone, from the moment you met him. He was such a top guy, I’m going to miss him so much.”

Another said: “It will never be the same without you, Dan, it doesn’t seem real. I miss you so much already and I’m proud to be able to call you my friend and so grateful for all you did for me and my family.”

Potters legends Ricardo Fuller, Rory Delap and Mickey Thomas were also among the many friends who have sent messages of support and sympathy to his family.

A letter of condolence was read out on behalf of Stoke City, which had been sent to Danny’s family by the club’s chief executive, Tony Scholes.

Stoke fans have said goodbye to Danny McCoy, known as Cockney Dan

In the letter, Mr Scholes said: “Danny McCoy, a true Stokie. The thoughts of all the staff and players are with you.”

A number of poems were read out during the service, including Battle Cry, by Stoke City poet Pottermouth.

The service closed, fittingly, with the famous Stoke City anthem, Delilah.

Donations in memory of Danny are being collected for mental health charity Men Unite, and can be made, care of Joseph Edwards and Sons funeral directors.





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