Tributes paid to long-serving former Frickley chairman

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Touching tributes have been paid to a long-serving former Frickley Athletic Football Club chairman who has died, aged 71.

Mick Twiby, who was in charge of the club for more than 18 years, died on December 17.

A Frickley Athletic FC spokesman said: “We are saddened to learn of our former chairman’s passing.

“He was chairman of the club during its most successful period in our history and during his reign the club won the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup on five occasions and had four players in the England non-league side.

“He was forced into retirement in 2001 by his battle with diabetes.

“He was a stalwart of our club and will be very sadly missed. We send heartfelt condolences to Mick’s family and friends.”

Mr Twiby was elected onto the management committee of the then Frickley Colliery FC in 1970. He became vice-chairman of Frickley Athletic in October 1981 and in September 1982 he was made chairman.

He chaired the club during the most successful period in its history, when it finished as Gola League (Conference) runners-up in 1985-86 and also reached the FA Cup third round for the first time.

Under his leadership Frickley appeared in the FA Cup first round proper on eight occasions, the second round twice and the third round once. He retired from the club in 2001 due to ill health.

Peter Jordan, South Elmsall Town Council mayor, said: “Mick inherited his father’s love of what was Frickley Colliery Football Club.

“He was very hard worker, friendly and dedicated to the club. Along with other club officials he ensured that a high standard of football was maintained at a club that never attracted the crowd that it deserved.

“He was strongly supported in his role as chairman by his wife Pat. It is tragic and an extremely sad loss to the community.”

Mr Twiby owned a newsagents on Westfield Lane, known as Twiby’s shop, for more than 40 years. He leaves a widow, Pat and two sons Lee and Paul.

Funeral arrangements are due to be announced this week.