Tributes to lifetime fan

Peter Mountain, a founding member of Ossett Albion FC, has died.
Peter Mountain, a founding member of Ossett Albion FC, has died.

A FOOTBALL club’s founder and lifetime fan has died aged 85.

Peter Mountain was just 17 and still studying at Ossett Grammar School when he and a group of friends formed Ossett Albion FC in 1944.

Since then the hugely passionate club stalwart moved onto the roles of secretary, treasurer and chairman.

But Mr Mountain, who was most recently vice president of the club, died last Monday following a short illness.

Former club chairman Neville Wigglesworth said Mr Mountain would be remembered as a “vital and pioneering person” in the club’s history.

He said: “Peter had been associated with Albion almost his entire life and served the club in almost every capacity. There were times when he was the driving force which kept the club going.”

After his playing days were over Mr Mountain, and his wife Mary, took on responsibilities for fundraising, providing refreshments after games and other maintenance tasks.

And through his business Wilmacourt Engineering Ltd he helped to fund and build one of the stands at the club’s Dimple Wells ground.

In recent years Mr Mountain, of Middlestown, had become more of a spectator.

But with his son Michael he followed the club at matches all over the country and was proud that the club he founded finally reached the Northern Premier League.

The club is now planning to name a stand after Mr Mountain.

Mr Wigglesworth said: “Peter never lost contact with the club and did so much behind the scenes without ever seeking attention, praise or publicity.”

Mr Mountain leaves two daughters, Margaret and Lesley, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

His son Michael said: “Dad was a very honest character and had a very good relationship with everybody. He will be sorely missed.”