Tributes paid to ice hockey sup­porter

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your - By KEN MCER­LAIN ken.mcer­lain@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Etken­m­cer­lain

TRIBUTES have been paid to a ded­i­cated ice hockey sup­porter who helped save the Peter­bor­ough Phan­toms team from go­ing out of ex­is­tence.

Ian Mac­far­lane (78) was one of a group of sup­port­ers who took over the then Peter­bor­ough Pi­rates when the team ran out of money in 1993.

Mr Mac­far­lane then took over the rink and re­paired it when the owner went into ad­min­is­tra­tion a year later.

He also per­son­ally moved more than 1,000 seats into the club’s rink from Notts County’s foot­ball sta­dium in Not­ting­ham.

Mr Mac­far­lane, who leaves three chil­dren be­hind, died in Le­ices­ter Gen­eral Hospi­tal, just be­fore mid­night on Sun­day.

David Thorpe, one of the two sur­viv­ing mem­bers of the group of sup­port­ers that took over the rink to keep ice hockey in the city, said: “One of Ian’s last­ing con­tri­bu­tions to Peter­bor­ough ice hockey are the 1,000-plus ter­raced seats around the ice pad.

“A few months af­ter the Pi­rates di­rec­tors took over the rink, Ian heard that more than 1,000 seats had been taken out of the Notts County foot­ball club’s stand by the firm car­ry­ing out re­fur­bish­ment work.

“Ian took a van to Not­ting­ham, col­lected the un­wanted seats and had them back in Peter­bor­ough in less than 24 hours.

“The man­ager of the then-not­ting­ham Sta­dium tele­phoned Peter­bor­ough to say he had planned to take the ex-foot­ball club seats and could Peter­bor­ough spare any?”

Mr Thorpe

added:

“Eddie Porter, who brought se­nior ice hockey to Peter­bor­ough with his wife Peggy in the 1980s and then helped to keep the ice rink open in the 1990s, died just a few weeks ago.

“An­other of the group, Ian Dyos died some years ago.

“They were good friends, stead­fast work­ers for ice hockey in the city, and the sport’s fans can re­mem­ber them with pride and af­fec­tion for what they did.”

Mr Mac­far­lane was born in Air­drie in Scot­land and spent seven years re­port­ing on news­pa­pers and ra­dio in Canada, be­fore com­ing to Peter­bor­ough with his wife Mar­garet in 1985 to work on the Peter­bor­ough Evening Tele­graph.

He moved on to pro­duc­tion on the as­so­ci­ated na­tional pe­ri­od­i­cals, Gar­den News and You and Yours, and then left to join the ed­i­to­rial team on Cam­bridge Evening news.

Mr Mac­far­lane leaves three chil­dren Gayle, Ja­nis and Ian, five grand­chil­dren and eight great-grand­chil­dren.

His wife Mar­garet, who was also a keen ice hockey fan, died 14 years ago and a tro­phy in her name has been pre­sented to a player se­lected by the fam­ily at the end of each sea­son since then.

SUP­PORTER: Ian Mac­far­lane (cen­tre), with past win­ners of the Mag­gie Mac­far­lane Award L-R: James Hutchinson, Brent Gough, Andy Mun­roe, Nathan Rem­pel, Jon Cot­ton and Dwayne New­man.

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