A driver has died six days after being involved in a road accident.

Maurice Lambert, of Matthew Close, Riddlesden, lost his battle for life in Airedale Hospital on Saturday.

He was 85.

The former Royal Marine was driving a VW Polo which was involved in a collision with a blue Audi in Bradford Road, Riddlesden, on Sunday, February 12.

The driver of the Audi and a passenger were treated at Airedale Hospital and discharged.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the accident, which happened around noon at the junction with Cliffe Crescent.

Mr Lambert, a lifelong Bradford Bulls fan, was the last surviving member of a consortium that saved the club from extinction in the 1960s.

He, along with the late Bradford rugby league legend Trevor Foster and ten others, gave cash to save the club in its Bradford Northern days when it went bust in 1964.

Mr Lambert remained an avid fan for the rest of his life and was looking forward to the new season.

His wife Peggy -- they had been together for 58 years -- said: "He had just bought his season ticket and his car park badge."

She added: "He was such a big fan. He had been a follower ever since he was a boy and went to every game."

John Downes, Bradford Bulls heritage project development officer, said fans would be informed of Mr Lambert's death in this week's match programme for the game against Salford.

"Maurice played a crucial part in the history of the club as a member of the group who helped it reform," he said.

"Without him and those other directors there would have been no Bradford Bulls, the most successful team in the Super League."

Mr Lambert -- who has four children -- and his wife lived most of their life in Lidget Green, Bradford, before moving to Riddlesden about 15 years ago.

In their 60s they worked for several seasons as holiday camp site managers in the south of France.

Mr Lambert volunteered for the Royal Marines during the Second World War, when he helped train commandos and served in Germany.

Anyone who witnessed the February 12 accident is asked to phone Keighley police on 01535 617059.