HE was a man who loved football all his life.
And he was a man who helped play a vital role in establishing Emley as a major player in the non-league game.
But, ironically, Peter Maude – the club’s former president – got involved through another love, cricket.
He signed to play as a wicket-keeper with Emley Clarence in the Huddersfield Central League, helping them to the league title in 1978, and they shared the Welfare Ground complex with the football club.
Mr Maude, 71, died earlier this month at his holiday home in Spain.
The respected administrator was one of the driving forces behind Emley’s rise up the football pyramid and the current president of Wakefield FC.
He was a permanent fixture at the Welfare Ground at one stage and was a guiding light when the club went to Wembley in the FA Vase, where they met Colne Dynamoes.
He was chairman of the Unibond League up until this year after a six-year stint and remained a management committee member.
Mr Maude was born in Huddersfield and brought up in Dunford Bridge and Millhouse Green.
He studied at Penistone Grammar School and worked in insurance offices on leaving school before starting his own business in 1962.
He ran the financial services business in Penistone for 40 years before retiring.
He had a house in Emley and began his involvement with the village club some 40 years ago, taking his daughter Karen, then aged seven, along to games.
“The club was his life and his passion”, said Karen.
“He lived for Emley and loved the sport right up until the end.
“He was one of the key figures in guiding the move to Wakefield and was still actively involved with the club.”
Mr Maude was also a keen musician, playing the Clavinova piano every day.
He was divorced and leaves a daughter, Karen, and a grand-daughter Sophie, a 19-year-old hairdresser.
A funeral service takes place on Monday, November 30, at 11am at Penistone Church, followed by cremation at Grenoside, Sheffield.