AN all-round sportsman of yesteryear, Harry Holroyd, has died in a Yorkshire care home.
He would have been 86 this month.
Mr Holroyd, who began his cricket career with the Rastrick New Road Sunday School team, then joined Elland to open their attack in the Huddersfield League.
He played for the Hullen Edge club for about 20 years and in 1968 he received one of the Lady Sykes Candlesticks awarded annually to two cricketers for outstanding service to their clubs and the game.
He was proud that his brother Ken received the same award some 30 years later while playing for Rastrick Cricket Club.
Harry Holroyd turned out on Sundays for Halifax Nomads Cricket Club and after returning to his roots he played until he was 50 for Rastrick New Road in the Huddersfield Association.
He also played soccer for Elland United FC and the Nu-Swift works team, as well as playing snooker and table tennis in local leagues, and on one occasion – always open to a challenge – he won a race from the Sun Inn, Rastrick to Elland Town Hall, a distance of approximately one mile.
He leaves two sons, Nigel, who lives in Australia and Carl whose home is in Doncaster, four grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
His funeral will be held at 2pm on April 4, at Huddersfield Crematorium, followed by a gathering at Rastrick Bowling Club.