Ossett coach is remembered as new bar opens

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A sports bar dedicated to the memory of a football coach will open today.

Steve Kelly, a coach with Ossett Town AFC academy and a scout for Huddersfield Town, died in September last year, aged 44.

Ossett Town’s new club bar has been named Kelly’s Sports Bar in his memory.

Mr Kelly had been with the football club since 2006, training more than 200 promising young players as the under-19s academy coach.

Lee Broadbent, the club’s vice­-chairman, said: “It’s a reminder of everything Steve did for the club. We had been looking for a fitting tribute to him and when we ran it past the Kelly family they were overwhelmed with the gesture.”

More than 50 parents and family members affiliated with the club volunteered to help with the bar renovation project which started at the end of May.

Mr Broadbent said: “It would have been an impossible task without the volunteers.

“People have donated materials, memorabilia for decorations like signed shirts.”

The new bar is the first of two renovations at the clubhouse on Prospect Road, Ossett, with the function suite due to be completed by Christmas.

Earlier this year Wakefield and District Housing named a new housing development in Hemsworth Kelly Gardens in honour of Mr Kelly, who was from the town.

A new annual memorial match has also been arranged for August 2, between Ossett Town AFC and Hemsworth Miners Welfare FC.

The winner will be awarded the Steve Kelly Memorial Trophy.