A MAN who spent almost 30 years as a football manager in Huddersfield has died.
Jimmy Maher, 67, of Deighton, had spells at several clubs in the Huddersfield District League and the Sunday League.
He had played in his younger days with Brook Motors but had to give up at 29 because of a heart condition.
He then took up coaching and management and over the years was involved with several clubs including Paddock Commercial, Moldgreen, Little John, Huddersfield YMCA and Milnsbridge Lib Club.
Mr Maher was also a league representative for some of the clubs at the Huddersfield District League.
In his younger days he had also been a useful table tennis player.
Mr Maher was born in Dublin but moved to Huddersfield at the age of 14.
He started work as an apprentice electrical engineer at Brook Motors but then transferred to the Scottish & Newcastle Brewery and spent 25 years working as a fitter in pubs and clubs across Yorkshire.
He later spent a few years working as an administrator for Kirklees Council at The Deighton Centre.
Mr Maher leaves a widow, Veronica, four children – Claire, James, John-Paul and Thomas – and seven grandchildren.
A funeral service takes place on Thursday, June 20, at Our Lady of Lourdes RC Church in Sheepridge.