Well known football stalwart Barry dies

Barry Bennett (right) receiving a boxed medallion and lapel badge in recognition of 50 years service to football from Barry Chaplin, the West Riding County FA representative to the Football Association.
Barry Bennett (right) receiving a boxed medallion and lapel badge in recognition of 50 years service to football from Barry Chaplin, the West Riding County FA representative to the Football Association.

Glasshoughton Welfare FC are mourning the loss of their well respected vice-chairman and match day secretary Barry Bennett.

Barry, 74, who was involved in local football for more than 50 years, died on Friday after a short illness.

Barry was very well respected within the Northern Counties Football League circuit and the Castleford Football Association.

He started in 1955 when just aged 14 with Fairburn in the Pontefract and District League. After leaving school he attended Castleford Youth Club and as player / secretary formed a team to play in the Pontefract League. After a couple of seasons he joined works outfit Pollard and Philidas playing in the West Yorkshire League, later taking over as secretary.

A change in career took Barry to Hickson and Welsh Chemical company and following a short playing career he took over the role as secretary of the Castleford Sunday League.

He was approached by the late Joby Merrick and in 1971 became a member of the Castleford and District FA, serving as assistant manager to the District U17s.

In 1974 Barry joined the Fryston Colliery Welfare committee and following their demise in 1992 he spent a number of seasons as Pontefract Collieries match secretary, before joining Glasshoughton Welfare. Eighteen months ago he was honoured by the FA for completing 50 years service to football.

Barry’s funeral will take place on Friday at Ledsham Church, Claypit Lane, 10.15am and then at The Chequers Inn.