Tributes to Ossett Town legend Frank

A FOOTBALLING legend who never missed an Ossett Town match died just days after being honoured for 50 years' dedicated service to the club.

Frank Lloyd, 81, leaves behind a proud legacy which saw him do almost every job going for Town.

He was a player, the manager, the secretary and, most recently, the vice-president.

Mr Lloyd, a former Bradford City professional, died on Sunday at his home near Barnsley after a short illness.

He was a hugely-respected figure who was still seen at every game up until his death.

On Saturday, proud players, fans and officials honoured his service by naming a hospitality suite at the Ingfield ground, on Prospect Road, after him.

Club chairman Graham Firth made the dedication.

It was 43 years ago when, as a young player, Mr Firth first met Mr Lloyd, who was the then Ossett manager.

Mr Firth said: “Ossett Town will never replace a person like him. He was the heart and soul of Ossett Town.

“Many years ago when Ossett Town reserves were short of players, Mr Lloyd took to the pitch himself, despite being in his early 60s, and he he still showed his quality.

“He never missed a game and he was very well-respected. He was always a nice person. I never heard a wrong word from him to anybody and he treated the players like his own.”

A funeral will be held next Monday in Mapplewell, near Barnsley.

A statement from the club said: “We once again wish to place on record our sincere appreciation for everything that Frank did on behalf of Ossett Town Football Club, and the thoughts of everyone at Ingfield are with his three daughters, Anne, Carol and Jean, as well as all their families at this very difficult time.”