Halifax football legend: Mick Neville

One of Halifax’s most popular and highly-respected football figures has passed away after a long illness.

Mick Neville from Northowram was a stalwart of local football both as a player and official.

Mike Sharman, the Bridge Balti Halifax Sunday League secretary, paid tribute to his colleague while adding that matches would go ahead as normal today in line with Mr Neville’s wishes.

“In terms of service, time and support to local football, Mick Neville is untouchable,” he said.

“Obviously the words legend and icon can be overused, but in this case they are totally justified.

“Nobody had a bad word to say about Mick. He was always there to help and support individuals and clubs. He is certainly somebody who has touched the lives of an awful lot of people.

“While some people have wondered whether we should have cancelled today’s league programme, we have decided to go ahead as the last instruction Mick gave us was that no games should be postponed on the weekend after his passing.”

It will be a poignant morning for the members of Halifax Rangers - the club Mr. Neville served with such distinction over many years.

The fixture list has them down to play Hen’s Face - the team who last season were the Halifax Rangers first team.

As a tribute to Mr Neville all teams that were due to play their games on Savile Park were expected to converge on the pitch used by Halifax Rangers in a massive show of respect.