Tributes to popular football coach

Steve Kelly
Steve Kelly

The funeral of a popular football coach has taken place in Hemsworth today (Monday).

Family and friends wore football shirts to say goodbye to a popular coach who died suddenly.

Steve Kelly was found dead at his home in Fitzwilliam, aged 43, on September 17.

Mr Kelly was widely admired for his coaching techniques, which helped children across the area to improve.

Before his death he was the under 19s academy coach at Ossett Town FC and had also worked at Huddersfield Town.

Former Huddersfield Town defender Andy Holdsworth, who started a football coaching business with Mr Kelly, said parents admired him so much, they would ask if they could take him home.

He added: “They’d say their child only listened to Steve. The guy was a big part of my life over the last 15 years. I’ve lost a friend, business partner and hero. I know he’ll be looking down going mad at the fuss being made about him, but he deserves it. The children have lost their hero, who they admired so much.”

“He was constantly making us laugh. If, for instance, a lad tripped over Steve would book him for diving. Or he’d offer a tin of biscuits as a prize, which was just an empty tin because he’d eaten the biscuits.”