TRIBUTES are flying in for Keighley Cricket Club president Edgar Bottomley, who has died aged 94.

The club announced the news on their Facebook page about a man who has been called a legend at the Lawkholme Lane club

A statement read: “It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce that our club president Edgar Bottomley has passed away this weekend.

“Edgar has been a cornerstone of Keighley Cricket Club for many, many years and was always down watching and supporting his beloved cricket club.

“His enthusiasm and genuine interest in the players' progress is something that is very rare and will never be forgotten.

“As well as being a cricket lover, Edgar was an avid Keighley Cougars fan, regularly watching them through the good times and the bad.

“A wonderful, warm, generous and hard-working man who will be missed and will be forever in our hearts.”

Among the many early tributes was one from Denholme’s Geoff Fisher, who wrote: “Edgar was a perfect gentleman, a wonderful man to know and will be sadly missed.

“Condolences to the family. RIP Edgar it was a pleasure to know you.”

Norman Alderman wrote: “Sad news, one of the original people who helped KCC purchase their ground in the 80s.

“My wife’s father John Goodwin and Edgar were both friends and work colleagues as well as supporters for KCC, so our relationship with him and his family is longstanding. Thoughts go out to all his family. RIP Edgar.”

Ian Horsfield wrote: “Devastating news, what a gent. We can all learn from Edgar’s dedication to and love for our club over his lifetime. Thoughts with his family at this sad time. God bless.”

Haworth’s Jamie Rowell said: “Very sad news, always made time for a chat with everyone. Thoughts to all his family. RIP Edgar.”

David Young, chief executive officer of the All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League, wrote: “So sorry to hear this. A huge loss to Keighley and the Bradford League. Thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”

Keighley Cricket Club chairman Paul Barker said Edgar 'bled for the club'. He wrote: “Such sad news, a smashing gentleman who gave it his all for the club.”