A STRIKER who was part of Bradford (Park Avenue)'s football league days in the 1960s has passed away at the age of 85.

Les Massie made 14 Division Four appearances, scoring twice, in a struggling Avenue team before moving to Workington in December 1969.

18 months later, the 36-year-old returned to the club but things looked a lot different as Bradford had dropped down to the Northern Premier League.

Massie lasted a full season bagging nine goals in his 34 league games, leaving for good in May 1972.

The forward is mostly remembered for his time at Huddersfield Town.

The Scot began his career at the then-Division Two side with legendary manager Bill Shankly handing him his debut.

From then on, Massie did not look back and went on to score a ton in 335 appearances between 1956 and 1966 which places him as the fifth highest marksman in the club's 112-year history.

After a lacklustre spell at Darlington, the forward regained his scoring ability at Halifax Town, netting 42 times in a period which included promotion to Division Three in the 1968/69 season.

Despite protests from the fans, the lethal poacher was sold to Bradford for £1,750 after refusing to sign a new contract.

Brief spells at Selby Town and Irish team Drogheda United followed post 1972 before he hung up his boots.

Upon leaving football, Massie became a self-employed haulage driver, took a job with the Holset Engineering Company, and went on to work part-time in a car accessory shop.