Funeral of Matthew Welford at Pontefract Cremetorium....
Funeral of Matthew Welford at Pontefract Cremetorium....

Mourners said a fond farewell to a former Airedale High School student who died following an alleged attack outside a country club.

Matthew Welford, 41, was laid to rest following the service at Pontefract Crematorium last week.

Matthew Welford

Matthew Welford

People attending the funeral of Mr Welford, who the Express understands was a machinist at the Burberry factory in Castleford, were encouraged to wear Leeds United colours or shirts in his memory.

Donations were shared between the neuro-intensive care unit at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) and the British Heart Foundation.

As reported last month, Mr Welford, of Garforth, suffered a serious head injury in an incident outside Garforth Country Club on June 4.

He died after several days on life support at LGI.

An inquest into Mr Welford’s death opened at Wakefield Coroner’s Court last month.

Det Ch Insp Nicholas Wallen of West Yorkshire Police’s homicide and major enquiry team, told the court the victim’s injuries had not been immediately apparent, and he had initially got up and walked away following the alleged assault.

Deputy coroner Melanie Allen adjourned the inquest pending the conclusion of criminal proceedings.

Alexander John Frew, 43, of Hazelwood Avenue, Garforth, was arrested shortly after the incident and was initially charged with causing grievous bodily harm.

He appeared at Leeds Crown Court last month and will next appear before the court on September 30.