A STALWART of Brighouse Town has died.
Keith Gledhill had spent the past 13 years working for the Calderdale club, which is enjoying great success this season.
Club chairman Ray McLaughlin said: “He was the sort of man every club would love to have.
“Everyone at Brighouse Town was saddened to hear about the news that Keith had passed away.
“He was in his 70s and spent months battling illness, but still managed to get down to the club most days.
“He looked after our kits but was also an engineer by trade and did all sorts of maintenance work at the ground. He fixed the pumps and the showers, helped install seats in the stands as we moved up the soccer pyramid and helped cut the grass.
“He contributed a huge amount of his time working for the benefit of the club”
A tribute to Mr Gledhill was paid when Brighouse visited Pickering for their weekend game. Both teams wore black armbands and observed a minute’s silence.
Mr Gledhill was invited to help out at Brighouse Town on the invitation of the late Nigel Wilson and team manager at the time Tony Lyons. His engineering background meant he was the perfect man to help maintain the facilities at the Dual Seal Stadium and save the club hundreds of pounds over the years.
In his younger days he had actually played for Blakeborough’s football team, later to change name to the Brighouse Town of present from 1963.
He was known as a very competitive player who helped the club to success in the early years in the Huddersfield Works League and played in the Hoyle Cup final at the old Leeds Road ground, home of Huddersfield Town.
He had also played at a good standard during his time in the Army, and his experience meant Keith’s opinions on football were something everyone at the club respected.
He leaves a widow, Margaret, and family.