FORMER team-mates of a Moldgreen rugby player said he was still an inspiration - a year to the day after a tragic accident which left him paralysed.
Danny Scott, 23, of Imperial Road, Marsh, severely damaged his spine in a tackle in the Moldgreen v Sowerby Spartans Pennine League clash on January 10 last year which left him unable to move his arms or legs.
Now friends at Moldgreen ARFLC have paid tribute to a man who is "Moldgreen through and through".
They spoke out as the side prepared to tackle Hollinwood in a Pennine League game.
Gary Monkhouse, 22, said Danny was just like any other lad his age: "He has a lot of friends and enjoyed socialising and going out.
"He was a real livewire and always had a story to tell."
Craig Mosedale, 30, who played with Danny for two seasons, said his friend was a joker.
"When it happened no-one knew what to say," he said. "After the game in which it happened, Danny was texting people asking if we had won. That's the sort of lad he is.
"When we went back on the pitch in our next game it was a nervous time, but we knew Danny would want us to get out there.
"There were bad times for the club a few years ago when we had trouble putting 13 people out every week - but not Danny. He was always there in training and always there for matches.
"He could have gone to another club and been more successful but he stayed. He's a Moldgreen man."
Nick Belafonte, 31, who has been at the club for more than a decade said they had decided to retire Danny's number 13 shirt.
"It was appropriate because of the player he was. No-one else could wear it," he said.
Club secretary Jill Sykes said: "When bad things happen to people, you always get people saying nice things about them - and you think is that true? In Danny's case everything people have said about him is true. The lads love him."
Moldgreen manager Brian Tracey said: "Danny held this team together. He was one of the best players we have ever had."