TRIBUTES have flooded in following news Steeton AFC club president David Baxter has died, aged 83, following a short illness.

Born in 1934, David joined the club in 1948 as a player and went on to become club treasurer and was the driving force behind Steeton's fundraising.

He played an integral part in the club's move to Summerhill Lane in 1969.

Only last month, Steeton recognised David’s achievements with the unveiling of a plaque and a lunch at Steeton Hall.

Scores of tributes and condolence messages were posted on the club's Facebook page following his death on Sunday.

Among them, Stephen Narey wrote: "During our lives we all meet people that have an effect on us, I can truly say that David was one of those people in my life. He taught me all sorts of things from selling raffle tickets to people who really don’t want one to doing a balance sheet when I ran the Craven pools for Steeton. He was one of my heroes and will always be."

Steeton Cricket Club veteran John Akrigg added: "What a great man – Steeton AFC hero, sold more raffle tickets than I have had hot dinners. RIP old mate."

Keighley football stalwart Andy Gaughan wrote: "Very sad news. What an inspirational man! Rest in peace Mr David Baxter. My thoughts are with your lovely family."

Silsden AFC official John Lohan also wrote: "Massive respect for David....he always said it how it was, a straight talking man...RIP David, a privilege to have known you."