Tributes to author of the Wakefield Trinity book

John Lindley, former printer and Wakefield Trinity Stalwart, died June 2012
John Lindley, former printer and Wakefield Trinity Stalwart, died June 2012

A PRINTER who wrote the definitive history of Wakefield Trinity has died aged 80.

John Lindley penned 100 years of Rugby: The History of Wakefield Trinity 1873-1973 to commemorate the club’s centenary.

It is a sports journalist’s first port of call when looking for a long-forgotten fact about the team they used to call The Dreadnoughts.

Mr Lindley, of Appleshawn Crescent, Wrenthorpe, died on Monday after battling lung disease.

He was a man of many talents, a printer, an author, a club stalwart, and a dedicated family man.

In 1981 he was awarded the Jonathan Parkin Award for his services to Wakefield Trinity.

He had risen from being a fan after the Second World War, to writing for and co-editing the match day programme and being the club’s historian, before securing a place on the committee during the Belle Vue club’s glory years during the 1960s.

Trinity points scoring legend Neil Fox MBE, 73, first met Mr Lindley when he signed professional forms with the club as a 16 year-old in the mid 1950s.

Mr Fox said: “John was then the secretary of the supporters club. He welcomed me to Wakefield and wished me the best of luck and said he would help me.

“He did all through my career. John was a gentleman first and foremost - one person you could always trust.”

Mr Lindley helped with Mr Fox’s two testimonials at the club and also chronicled his point-scoring feats.

Mr Fox said: “Being a friend of John has been one of the highlights of my career.

“He was a lovely man, lovely gentleman, nice sense of humour. I’m pleased I was a friend of his.”

Away from the club Mr Lindley was the loving husband of 58 years to wife Nancy and a caring father to daughters Elizabeth, Joanne and Sarah.

Mrs Lindley said: “He had a dry sense of humour, which was his outstanding quality.”

Romance blossomed after the teenagers met in Horbury Park. But they later had to do their courting in Blackpool after Nancy’s family moved there.

They set up home in Whitehall Avenue before moving to their current house in Wrenthorpe.

Mr Lindley went on to run the family firm Lindley’s Printers on George Street, which was started by his grandad, John, in 1928. He retired aged 66 but the firm still bears his name despite not being in family hands.

Mrs Lindley said her husband was a deeply committed Christian.

His funeral takes place on Tuesday at his local church, St Anne’s Church on Wrenthorpe Road at 1.30pm.

Mr Lindley leaves behind his widow Nancy, daughters Joanne and Sarah, and his grandchildren Charles and Lawrence.