Knaresborough Town have been left deeply saddened by the loss of one of its most loyal and longest serving members, its president Geoff Waite.
A spokesperson for the Toolstation NCEL Division One side said: “Geoff passed away this morning after a long illness which he has fought hard. He leaves two sons, Andrew and Neil, and a daughter, Alison.
“Born in July 1929, Geoff has been involved with Knaresborough Town in virtually every possible capacity since making his debut as a player in November 1948 after returning to the town following National Service.
“He was part of the team which helped to turn Manse Lane from a waste disposal site into a football ground in the early 1950s and took over as club secretary from Syd Bradley in the 1958-59 season, a position which he held until 1975.
“Club secretary may have been the title, but Geoff was very much involved with all aspects of the club, doing many of the ground duties as well as remaining as a player for many years.
“Geoff soon took on the role as treasurer and held that position until 2011 when he became president of the club.
“He took an active role in every part of the club which had him at its heart and followed the football closely through family connections, initially playing with his brothers, Alan and Harold and then seeing son Andrew involved.
“More recently it was Alison’s husband, Steve Bradley, who took on the family mantle which has been continued to the present day with grandson Jim Bradley following in a fine family tradition which Geoff set in motion over sixty years ago.
“Geoff will be sadly missed.”
Source: Knaresborough Town