CRICKETER and Huddersfield Town fan Veryl Sanderson made a major contribution to life in Meltham.
Mr Sanderson, who has died aged 98, was a stalwart of Christ Church, Helme, for more than 60 years.
He played cricket for Meltham Mills and Meltham, before becoming an umpire in the Huddersfield District League.
He was also an avid Town fan and could recite from memory the names of the players who took the club to its FA Cup Final victory and hat-trick of League Championships.
He hit the headlines in 1992, when Examiner chief photographer John Watson pictured him with a bumper crop of oranges "picked" from trees near his home as an April Fool's Day joke.
Mr Sanderson, who was born in 1906, started work part-time when he was just 13.
He worked for cotton thread makers Jonas Brook and Brothers at Meltham Mills before becoming a progress chaser in the buying department at nearby David Brown Tractors.
Mr Sanderson spent five years in the forces during the Second World War. He was with the Army Service Corps and drove supply trucks in North Africa and Italy.
At Christ Church, Helme, he was secretary of the men's society, treasurer of the Free Will Giving scheme and on the church council.
He was also a governor at Helme C of E School.
Mr Sanderson was a member of Meltham Probus Club and Meltham Pensioners' Social Welfare Club.
He moved from Meltham to Helme following the death of his wife, Ethel, 13 years ago.
Being a keen sports fan, Mr Sanderson always read the back page of the Examiner first.
He was immensely proud of playing for Meltham Mills when the team won the Sykes Cup in 1933.
He was among the 67,008 spectators who made up Huddersfield Town's record attendance, when the team played Arsenal in an FA Cup sixth round tie in 1932.
Mr Sanderson leaves a daughter, Lesley, a grand-daughter and two great-grand-daughters.