MANCHESTER: Soccerex founder Duncan Revie has died, aged 62, after a brief illness.

The son of former England manager, Don Revie, leaves a wife, Rita, and children Aidan and Natalie.

Revie founded Soccerex in 1995 as a way of connecting the industry and enhancing the game’s commercial potential and has been at the forefront of the game’s continual success across the globe.

Soccerex Chairman Tony Martin said; “This has come as a tremendous shock to us all.  Duncan was revered throughout the global football industry.

“His vision, drive and determination established the Soccerex brand in 1995. It was his passion and commitment which took the conference across the globe and developed it into the world’s most influential football business networking conference.

“He was a most special man and football is a much poorer place without him.”

Revie was brought up in the world of football. His late father, the Leeds and England manager Don Revie took him onto the pitch at Elland Road in the 1970s and describing how one day the stadium would be full of hospitality boxes and sponsors.

The son was educated at Repton and went on to read law at Queens College, Cambridge.

After a short spell at Lovell White & King he began a career in corporate hospitality which was at that stage in its infancy.

In 1995, whilst attending a business event for the music industry, Revie and wife Rita saw the opportunity to do the same for the football industry.

Combining his football roots with their hospitality experience, they and business partner Martin hosted the first Soccerex Convention in 1996.

In the succeeding 21 years Soccerex has staged 39 events across five different continents and become established as the leading provider of such football business events.