Stoke City fans will line up at a crematorium to wave flags in tribute to much-loved supporter ‘Cockney Dan’ as his funeral procession arrives.
Danny McCoy was a hugely popular character within the football club’s community and thousands left personal tributes after his sudden death last month.
The 37-year-old, from Knutton, attended every Stoke match, both home and away, with his father Ted McCoy, known as ‘Cockney Ted’.
Ted first fell in love with the Potters after watching them play in 1963, and took his son to his first Stoke match when he was aged two.
On Sunday, Stoke legend Ricardo Fuller took part in a charity football match which raised more than £10,000 for Danny’s partner, Charmaine Gardener, and children Jacey-Leigh and Jak.
Today, his friends and family will say their last goodbyes at his funeral, which takes place at Carmountside Crematorium at 12.30pm.
Although numbers at the funeral are limited due to coronavirus restrictions, friends plan to travel to the crematorium carrying the Stoke City flags that Danny and his pals used to take with them to matches.
Danny’s stepmother, Julie McCoy, from Alsagers Bank, said: “Sunday was a hard day, but it did give us a lot of comfort to know how popular Dan was and to get so much support from his friends.
“A lot of his friends are going to go to the crematorium. Some are taking flags with them that they have had made.”
Ricardo Fuller wore a shirt emblazoned with the name ‘Cockney Dan’, as he took part in Sunday’s fund-raising football match, which was played between Greenhoffs FC – the team Dan helped to set up – and mental health charity Men Unite.
Fellow Stoke legend Carl Dickinson turned up to watch the game and show his support.
Organiser Jak Clarke also set up a fundraising page for Danny’s loved ones, which has surpassed its £5,000 target; and cash has been raised by Nana’s Kitchen, in Lonsdale Street, Stoke.
Jak, of Greenhoffs Sports Bar – which Dan helped to set up in Stoke town centre seven years ago, named after Potters legend Jimmy – said: “We’ve raised about £16,500 in total.
“We would have raised a lot more if there were no restrictions because of coronavirus.
“But I hope Danny would be proud. Our number one priority is to look after his family.
“Danny was very popular. He had Stoke running through his veins, he was football mad.
“He would do anything for anyone. He was a polite lad and a family man.”
You can support Jak’s fundraising for Danny’s family by searching for ‘Cockney Dan’ on gofundme.com.
His funeral will be held at 12.30pm at Carmountside Crematorium. The service will be streamed live over the web. Donations will be collected for Men Unite on the day.