VIDEO: Footballer’s tales of funny man Eric

Eric Morecambe’s favourite footballer has told how the famous comedian once put the boot into him – quite literally.

Ex-England international Malcolm Macdonald played for Luton Town from 1969 to 1971 when the comic was a director of the club, and said Eric made a massive impact on everyone, including staff, players and supporters.

Photo: David Hurst: Former Luton and England player Malcolm McDonald with the Eric Morecambe Trophy at The Globe Arena

Photo: David Hurst: Former Luton and England player Malcolm McDonald with the Eric Morecambe Trophy at The Globe Arena

The former Newcastle and Arsenal centre forward was speaking at the Eric Morecambe Tribute Dinner, held at the home of Morecambe Football Club on Thursday.

“Eric had a great influence on the club and was marvellous with people,” said Malcolm, nicknamed ‘Supermac’ during his 193-goal career.

“But once, we had gone 39 home games without defeat until we got beat by a side way down the league table.

“It was a dreadful feeling. We were all in the dressing room after the game, feeling really low.

“Eric came in and tried to make light of it. We all, in unison, picked a boot up and chucked it at him.

“He disappeared out of the dressing room door and we didn’t see him for weeks. We thought we’d gone too far and offended him. But he was upset at himself, not us.

“But still, the first game he came to after that, he came in with a bag of boots and started throwing them at us to get his own back!”

Malcolm also said Eric was “ a remarkable man who was able to convey humour to everybody wherever he went.”

“I have never known anybody so funny yet quite fragile behind it all.

“He was alovely, lovely man, and most important of all, he was the most wonderful family man, loved his wife, the ground that she walked on, and all of his kids. I feel very honoured that I had a short while in his company.”