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 Post subject: RIP GRAHAM FIRTH
PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 10:01 pm 
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Graham died yesterday morning, see the official Ossett Town website for further details.

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 Post subject: Re: RIP GRAHAM FIRTH
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funeral at Dewsbury Crematorium, Monday June 15th, 12:30.

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 Post subject: Re: RIP GRAHAM FIRTH
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http://www.wakefieldexpress.co.uk/news/ ... -1-7295575

as well as playing for Ossett Town, he also turned out for Ossett Common Rovers and sunday sides Ingfield United and St Ignatius. I dare say he turned out for a few other teams as well.

On returning to Ossett town after his playing days were over, he became the first ever commercial manager, taking over as chairman about 1984. He took over the groundsman duties in 1992 when Don Wilby was taken ill and in addition, ran the bar and organised all the building projects that were a permanent feature of life at Ingfield for many years.

His father Arnold had played for Ossett Town in the early days so Graham always felt he had that connection, not just through John Carter, with the start of the club in 1936 and why it started.

Away from football, Graham worked for many years at Woodhead's, where he was a fitter. After being made redundant, he became a full time employee of Ossett Town and also worked part time for Martin Voakes in his landscaping business.

He had already had one brush with cancer a few years ago, but recovered to resume his duties.

My sympathies with his daughter Nicola, his partner Una and his ex wife Cynthia.

Years ago, in the matchday programme, he wrote a rare piece reflecting on Ossett Town's journey from 1936 to the present day, he used the phrase "up hill and down dale" and the club's founding fathers "sat around a table, with a pint in their hand" planning the new club. He'll be sat there now, in that great clubhouse in the sky, pint in hand, chatting with John Carter, the Furness's, the Ward's, Frank Lloyd, Gerry Froggatt and all the others who helped keep the club going all these years.

He will be missed.

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 Post subject: Re: RIP GRAHAM FIRTH
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just heard one of our old players, Kenny Audsley, died the day after Firthy. Kenny was aged 75 and he used to do any joinery work that needed doing around the ground and the club. He was good friends with our former academy and reserve team managers Lloyd Fellows and Paul Watson; it was a regular feature of Saturdays in our clubhouse to see those three, as well as the likes of Andy Hewitt, Steve Farnsworth, Phil Thompson etc all sat in one of the bays near the bar and cracking jokes and having a good time. It was a sad day for the club when they all walked away in 2008.

Kenny played for us in the late 50's and early 60's, one match I heard him talk about was a game against Grimethorpe Miners Welfare, who had just joined the Yorkshire League, they had former Doncaster centre half Charlie Williams playing for them and Kenny remembers all the witty banter going on with Charlie, who later played for Denaby and Skegness Town, where he began his new career as a comedian at the local Butlins and later appeared on ITV's "The Comedians" and replaced Bob Monkhouse on "The Golden Shot".

You can almost the scene up there in the great clubhouse in the sky, Firthy's just sat down with his pint; door opens and out booms a familiar voice "hey up, me old"; they all turn around to see Kenny walking in, tape measure out, pencil in hand, measuring up the doors.

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 Post subject: Re: RIP GRAHAM FIRTH
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Kenny Audsley's funeral is at 2:30 tomorrow, also at Dewsbury Crematorium.

sorry to hear that former vice chairman Martin Voakes is seriously ill, the best of luck to him.

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 Post subject: Re: RIP GRAHAM FIRTH
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SOUTH OSSETTIAN wrote:
Graham died yesterday morning, see the official Ossett Town website for further details.

sorry for the late note but i have just found the site
A gentleman and always positive about Ossett Town
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