"He had a magic about him – it’s something that’s really hard to define – but he had it in spades. When he walked into a room it went quiet. I was very impressed with him when he came over for the unveiling of the manager’s statue. He came into the room when everyone was having a meal prior to going out to the unveiling and he went round every table and shook everyone’s hand, which I thought was lovely."
There is a danger in instances such as that cold January night in 1995 that loyalty blinds your judgement. But Eric was one of our own and there was no question of sticking by him.