Former Middlesbrough striker shows admiration for local commentator.
Former Middlesbrough striker Craig Hignett has said he feels empty after the passing of commentator Ali Brownlee.
Hignett posted on social media during Middlesbrough's match with Leeds United, in which supporters made a powerful tribute to Brownlee early in the second half.
Brownlee, 56, was known as the 'Voice of the Boro', and was a presenter and commentator for BBC Tees.
Fantastic tribute to a wonderful man by the Boro fans. I feel empty today, I've lost a dear friend and an inspiration, I would sit in awe...— Craig Hignett (@higs8) February 15, 2016
....sometimes just watching him work and smile at his unwavering optimism and fierce loyalty for his beloved Boro his enthusiasm was....— Craig Hignett (@higs8) February 15, 2016
...infectious, how couldn't it be ! He called me 'Hero' but the truth was HE was my 'Hero' and always will be....goodnight Mr B, love you xx— Craig Hignett (@higs8) February 15, 2016
Brownlee was just 56, with the BBC reporting his passing came just three months after being diagnosed with cancer. He had worked for BBC Tees for 30 years and Hignett's tribute shows just how well known and regarded he was at the club.
Hignett was recently working as an assistant at Middlesbrough, and has recently taken a job as manager at Hartlepool United.
A photo of Brownlee was projected on the big screen at Elland Road during last night's Championship fixture, with the travelling Middlesbrough supporters singing his name.