DAVID Merriman was a well-known football coach who dedicated many years to Battyeford clubs.
The 56-year-old collapsed and died after feeling unwell at a match between Battyeford and Thornhill Lees where he was acting as a linesman.
Mr Merriman, of Cornmill Drive, Liversedge, had coached various teams in Battyeford during the past 20 years. Previously he played for Mirfield United where he was also secretary.
He leaves his wife, Lynda, son, Leigh, and daughter, Joanne.
Leigh said: “His family and football were his main passions. He was a real family man and he loved his grandchildren, Benjamin and Finley.
“He always tried to do his best for everyone and never said ‘no’ to anyone.
“He’d always try and help people out whenever he could.’’
Battyeford team manager Graham Pickford added: “He was a terrific bloke and really loved football and everyone will surely miss him.
“He was part of the furniture here for so long.’’
Battyeford club secretary Chris Rowlands said: “For 20 years he has been a loyal servant to the sporting club and he will be greatly missed.
“He was there in the very early stages and has seen Battyeford change over the years from a very small club into what it is now.”