Loyal trio rewarded for ‘outstanding’ dedication to Ossett club

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LOYAL servants of St Ignatius Football Club were rewarded for their unrivalled commitment to the Ossett-based club at its 45th anniversary celebration evening.

Andrew King, Michael King and Phillip Spurr all picked up outstanding achievement awards for their dedication to the Heavey Woollen Sunday League side.

Leeds United legend Eddie Gray attended the evening, held at St Ignatius Parish Centre in Ossett, where the club was formed by church parishioners in 1966, as guest speaker.

He also handed and out the awards to the dedicated trio - as well as a host of other annual accolades.

Andrew King, a midfielder by trade but who played at centre-back last season, racked up 419 games before the presentation evening. His first game came in September 1989 away at Savile Arms.

His brother, Michael, entered the fray a year later when he kicked off his St Ignatius campaign with a home clash against Drighlington.

He’s featured in 409 games for the club and took the step to play in goal last season after suffering a serious injury while playing as centre-back the previous year.

Spurr, a left-back, has appeared in a superb 612 games for the club and featured in his first match in March 1986 against Sportsman.

All three are still playing key roles for St Ignatius FC this season in their Heavy Woollen Division 1 campaign, where they’ve won two and lost two of their four league games to date and currently sit mid-table in fifth.

They play their home matches at Empire Stores playing fields on Horbury Road and are the oldest team still playing in the competition.

Also picking up awards on the night were Andy Hill, who won the players’ player of the season accolade for last season, while Alex Spurr picked up the overall player of the year gong.

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