THE legacy of a devoted club ‘legend’ has been honoured with the opening a viewing terrace in his memory.

Harold ‘Adge’ Steele had been involved in Holker Old Boys AFC in Rakesmoor Lane, Barrow, for more than 40 years.

The 83-year-old volunteered in various roles over four decades, including as a groundsman, treasurer, secretary, bartender and more.

The grandad died in June 2019, leaving behind his two sons Graeme and Martin and two grandchildren.

After their dad’s death, Martin and Graham Steele gave a substantial donation to the club to help go towards a viewing terrace outside the site.

Martin, who works at Kimberly Clark, said the club meant a lot to their late dad and the brothers wanted to honour his memory with a generous donation.

The 49-year-old dad-of-two said: “Dad had been involved in the club regularly for the best part of his life so it meant a lot to him.

“When our mum died 12 years ago, me and my brother decided to renovate the ladies' toilets because it was something mum always wanted doing when she was alive.

“Then when we lost dad two years ago we said to the chairman Maurice Watkin that we would like to make a donation to the club in dad’s memory.

“It was important to us to show our support to the club which meant so much to dad.

“And we came up with the idea of a viewing terrace. We didn’t just want to give a donation to the club, we wanted to do something which would benefit the club for the future.

“We got the ball rolling last year during the pandemic. Then it was built and we had the official opening on Saturday.”

The club also installed a plaque honouring the memory of the late Mr Steele, which includes the words: ‘a life-long member and well-known character of the club’.

Martin said: “Dad would be over the moon with it. He was a very humble man and he would be overwhelmed with it all.

The toilets have also been modernised thanks to donations received from the family of Stu Atkinson - a former Holker Old Boys AFC player who sadly died two years ago, aged 58.

Maurice Watkin, chairman of Holker Old Boys AFC, said the club was ‘hugely grateful’ for both family’s donations.

“It was absolutely marvellous to do these renovations with the donations,” he said.

“Adge was a big part of the club so we felt it was important to honour his memory and continue his legacy at the club.

“He was just an all-round great person who we’ll all remember.”