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Tributes paid to Stoke City’s best-known fan ‘Cockney Dan’ as he dies suddenly

Thousands of Stoke City fans are raising a glass to one of their best known supporters and a “top notch lad” after he died suddenly.

Danny McCoy – better known as Cockney Dan – was a popular character at football stadiums across the country before his tragic death.

The 37-year-old, who originally grew up in the shadow of Millwall, has been described as “pure gold” by is grieving pals.

Dan followed in the footsteps of his dad, affectionately known himself as Cockney Ted, and became a Stoke City fanatic.

The Potters supporter went to his first game when he was just a two-year-old lad, the Stoke Sentinel reports.

He even moved to his "second home" when he helped set up Greenhoff's Sports Bar – named after Stoke legend Jimmy – in the town centre seven years ago.

Pals have been reacting to the sudden death of the well-loved fan with hundreds of tributes being made on social media.

Steven Brownsill said: "Rest in Peace Danny, an absolute gent and awesome bloke.

"I sat next to him when I had my first ever season ticket and he made me feel so comfortable and was an absolute legend. My thoughts and prayers are with Ted and his family."

Also describing Danny as a "legend", Nath Dunn wrote: "You could of known him for two minutes or 20 years, you had a mate for life. He’d treat you all the exact same. RIP Cockney Dan. Sleep easy pal, until we meet again.

Harvey Wragg said: "RIP Danny, such a sad day! Thoughts of you and condolences to your family, from all of us."

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Mark Frost said: "RIP Danny, a Stokie who will be sadly missed by many. Thoughts go out to all your family."

And Sam Smith added: "It's such sad news, RIP young man. I’m sure the supporters will make you proud when one day the stadium is full. Fly high Potter."

Tyrone Sidley, 23, from Newstead, told the Stoke Sentinel Cockney Dan was “the life of the party”.

He said: "He was top notch. He was the life and soul of the party. If anyone was down you could always rely on him to cheer you up. He was always there for people during the bad times.

"He loved Stoke. He loved going to the matches. He was just like his dad Ted. They are up there with being the best known Stoke fans for being cockneys.

"He was so passionate. He went all over the world with them, to Singapore, Germany, America. He just loved it. It was a massive part of his life.

"He was just such a funny character. He would lead the songs and chants on the terraces. Everyone knew him. He couldn't walk down the street without someone stopping to say 'hi'.

"He was just gold. It's just so tragic. We're all in shock."

Danny and Tyrone even took part in a weight loss challenge to raise money for cancer charities.

Tyrone added: "He lost quite a bit more then me. He was so committed. He gave 100% to everything he did."

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