McLaughlin delighted as Town stalwart handed top local honour

The annual Eddie Hebblethwaite trophy awarded to Malcolm Taylor, at Halifax Town Hall. Pictured with Carol Arnold - nee Hebblethwaite, Graham Hebblethwaite and mayor John Hardy.
The annual Eddie Hebblethwaite trophy awarded to Malcolm Taylor, at Halifax Town Hall. Pictured with Carol Arnold - nee Hebblethwaite, Graham Hebblethwaite and mayor John Hardy.

Brighouse Town chairman Ray McLaughlin said everyone at the club was delighted that secretary Malcolm Taylor had won this year’s Eddie Hebblethwaite Award.

Taylor picked up the award - given for services to local football - at a ceremony held at the Town Hall on Tuesday evening.

“Malcolm is one of the most well known and respected figures in local sport and this award is deserved recognition of the 40-plus years service in football administration,” said McLaughlin.

“During that time, Malcolm had probably covered every type of job and duty there is to do running a football club.

“After the sad loss of secretary and founding member Nigel Wilson, the Brighouse Town committee realised that Malcolm’s vast experience would make him the ideal candidate to maintain the high standards that Nigel always set.

“Ironically, Nigel himself won the same award in the early eighties, so Brighouse Town have been lucky to have had two men of such high calibre.”

A right-sided player during a 10-year stint, Taylor was soon running teams, refereeing and helping on league committees.

Starting off as reserve team boss of Lane Head United near his home in 1970, Taylor has since been connected with Thornhill Briggs, Elland Lane Wanderers, Kosset Carpets, Brighouse Youth, various Crown sides, Sun Inn Rastrick and Grove Inn.

His numerous committee roles havealso included being chairman of the Yorkshire and Humberside Women’s League.

Taylor said he was “chuffed” to win the trophy and pointed out that last year’s recipient Stuart Milner was one of his players at Lane Head United.

“Despite having a couple of health scares during his time as secretary, Malcolm’s enthusiasm and commitment to the club has never wavered,” added McLaughlin.

“He has played a massive part in Brighouse Town’s progression in recent years.

I couldn’t think of a more deserved winner of this honour and we all hope Malcolm and Margaret had a great time at the Town Hall.”