RIP Laurie Platt
It is with great sadness to learn of the passing of Laurie Platt. Laurie passed away on Tuesday 9th March following a short stay in hospital.
He first became involved in local football as a player with Upperthong Sports Club in the early 1950s and joined the Sports Club committee in 1956. He was manager and coach of the Upperthong SC Senior teams in the Huddersfield and District Football League in the 1960s and ’70s
In the early 1970s the Huddersfield Junior Football League was formed and Laurie was the Upperthong Sports Club representative to the League from 1975.
He became a committee member of the Huddersfield Junior Football League in 1979 and became chairman for one year in 1980-81, he was also a Life Member.
He was elected President of the Huddersfield Junior Football League in 1985, a position which he held until he retired in 2016.
He was also the League Representative at the Huddersfield and District Football Association from 1984, and became a Life Member of the Huddersfield and District F.A. in 2005, and served as Chairman from 2007 before becoming President in 2012 until 2016.
Laurie was appointed to represent the Huddersfield district F.A. at the West Riding County Football Association in 1996.
He was elected a Vice President in 2010 and elected a Life Vice President in 2018. He served as a Director of the County FA from 2005 until retiring in 2011.
Laurie served on the Youth and Representative Committee from 1996 and was instrumental in allocating goalposts to all Mini Soccer teams throughout the County, he also was involved in the County C.R.B. card system, the first introduced by any County in England.
Many people have fond memories of Laurie often stating when they called to see him, he would have a good natter about football before they went on their way. Laurie was a knowledgeable man and was passionate about the Huddersfield Junior League. Laurie’s work in developing football in West Yorkshire and the Huddersfield JFL will always be remembered.
Our thoughts are with his family, friends and everyone at Huddersfield Junior League at this sad time.