The funeral arrangements have been made for popular community campaigner and Birmingham City’s legendary fan Barrington Patterson, following his recent, and sudden, death.
The successful kickboxer, mixed martial artist, cage fighter and leading community campaigner died of a heart attack.
Such was his impact, locally, nationally and internationally that, during the recent derby against West Bromwich Albion, Birmingham City fans came out in force to pay tribute to much-loved Patterson to take part in an emotional march to the club’s St Andrew's ground.
During the 56th minute, to mark his age, both sets of fans joined force for a round of applause for the much-loved and respected Patterson. Barrington's widow, Tracey, was also in the stands as she celebrated her own birthday in mourning. ‘Keep Right On’ and other songs were chanted as the fans walked towards St Andrew's, with blue flares let off during a heart-warming display.
Affectionately known as One Eyed Baz, he was a well-known member of the Blue's Zulu Warriors hooligan group when he was younger. His life’s experiences, however, led him to do work with – and create opportunities for - young people, through sport and other initiatives.
The club (Birmingham City) and former heavyweight boxing champion, Frank Bruno, were among those to have paid tribute to Barrington, with Bruno tweeting: "Just heard that my long standing friend Baz - Barrington Patterson has passed away I am in shock."
A book, One-eyed Baz - The Story of Barrington 'Zulu' Patterson, One of Britain's Deadliest Men, was written about his life. He also featured in a TV series presented by actor Danny Dyer called Britain's Deadliest Men.
It is understood that the funeral will take place at St. Phillip’s Cathedral, in the city centre, before moving on to St. Andrew’s, when confirmed.