Seel Park mourns the passing of long-serving volunteer Joe Walker

MOSSLEY Football Club was saddened to hear of the death of long-serving volunteer Joe Walker at the age of 84.

Joe, a former kit man and caretaker, had been involved with the club for about 35 years and was still helping until his early 80s.

Together with wife Linda, who volunteered in the pie hut and as a cleaner, the pair were well-known figures at Seel Park.

Linda returned to Seel Park on Saturday (Sept 21) as there was one minute’s silence as a tribute to Joe before the home game against Tadcaster.

She said: “It was an emotional afternoon and lovely he was remembered.

“After Joe took early retirement aged 55 the football club was his life. And when he was kitman he used to travel to away games.”

Joe lived in Mossley all his life until 12 months ago when he and Linda moved to sheltered housing at Hurst Cross because of his ill health.

“Joe had been back to Mossley once since we moved when I took him to a game by taxi,” she said.

Joe had various jobs including working on a farm, at Greenfield Paper Mill and as a groundsman at Mossley Park.

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