One of Northern Ireland's best known sports journalists, Malcolm Brodie, has died at the age of 86.

Mr Brodie was a former sports editor of the Belfast Telegraph.

He was originally from Scotland, but during World War II was evacuated from Glasgow to Portadown, Co Armagh.

He began his journalism career in Portadown, before moving to the Telegraph, where he set up the paper's first sports desk.

Beginning in 1954, he attended 14 World Cup soccer finals, more than any other reporter.

The achievement was recognised by FIFA.

Jim Gracey, the Belfast Telegraph group's sports editor, said today: "He was a wonderful man and a wonderful journalist who must have taught generations of sports reporters, myself included.

"He had a contacts book like no other. Everybody in soccer - from Pele to Sir Alex Ferguson - knew him. The man was beyond a legend."