Lifelong Leeds United fan died from MND just hours after "smiling from ear to ear" through victory

A lifelong Leeds United fan died from motor neurone disease just hours after watching his team's victory against Newcastle United this week with a "big smile from ear to ear".

By Daniel Sheridan
Friday, 29th January 2021, 9:15 am

Colm Davis OBE, 62, was a former head teacher at Tor Bank special school in Belfast until he was forced to retire due to a devastating MND diagnosis.

Colm was a gold member at Elland Road and was extremely popular with fans - travelling across to matches as much as he possibly could.

He was a Leeds United fan "since birth" and passed the love of the Whites on to his son - also named Colm - who spoke to the Yorkshire Evening Post to pay tribute to his dad.

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Colm Davis OBE, 62, was a former head teacher at Tor Bank special school in Belfast until he was forced to retire due to a devastating MND diagnosis.

Colm said his dad - who idolised Leeds legend Billy Bremner - was able to watch Leeds United for one final time on Tuesday night, with a beaming smile across his face as the team secured victory against Newcastle United.

However, he sadly passed away just hours later on Wednesday morning.

Colm, 26, said he would "always march on together" with his dad.

Speaking to the YEP, Colm said: "My dad was a Leeds fan his whole life and passed on that love to his son.

Colm Davis OBE, 62, was a former head teacher at Tor Bank special school in Belfast until he was forced to retire due to a devastating MND diagnosis.

"Being from Belfast my dad was a gold membership holder at Leeds united and we got to as many games as we could.

"He used to tell me stories of the glory days and his favourite ever player, the great Billy Bremner.

"There was nothing that made my Dad happier than watching Leeds United.

"He was lucky to see us beat Newcastle on Tuesday night as he smiled from ear to ear.

"He was an amazing man."

Colm was diagnosed with MND five years ago, his son said.

He was "an inspiration" to many people suffering from the disease, Colm said.

He added: "Unfortunately his fight is now over.

"We will always march on together dad.

"Until we meet again, RIP."

Colm leaves behind his wife Vic and children Victoria, Colm and Amy.

He received an OBE for his “outstanding work with children in special education”.

Many fans took to social media to pay tribute to the popular fan.

One said: "So sorry to hear what has happened.

"He must have been so happy to see us win one last time."