Tributes to cricketer Keith

Keith Jeffery, former chairman of Knottingley Town Cricket Club
Keith Jeffery, former chairman of Knottingley Town Cricket Club

Tributes have been paid to a ‘much-loved’ former cricket club chairman who has died aged 68.

Keith Jeffery, former chairman of Knottingley Town Cricket Club, died last Tuesday after a battle with lung cancer.

Mr Jeffery was also a former umpire and member of the Pontefract and District Cricket League committee.

Arthur Rhodes, club secretary at Knottingley,said: “He was very well known for his links to cricket and he was liked by everybody.

“He would do anything for anyone and no-one had a bad word to say about him. He will be very sadly missed.”

Mr Jeffery was chairman at the Banks Garth club for ten years.

Mr Rhodes added: “Keith came in as chairman and transformed the club.

“He never liked to miss a meeting and always checked on the progress of any plans we had.

“He had an almost school headmaster style and he made the club run as it should be run. He would stop committee meetings if people were talking – the club was totally different with him as chairman.”

“He still came to the meetings up until three weeks before he died which was testament to how passionate he was about cricket.

“His death was a shock to us all and it rocked the club, but we move forward, as he would have wanted, and we will never forget him.”

Mr Rhodes added: “Keith was very easy going and always having a laugh.

“A lot of people got to know him through cricket and he will be very sadly missed by a lot of people.”

Mr Jeffery’s funeral will take place at Pontefract Crematorium at 10.40am on Tuesday, August 26.

The service will be followed by a wake at Prince of Wales Working Men’s Club, on Ferrybridge Road, Pontefract.