One of Huddersfield Town’s greatest ever strikers, Les Massie, has passed away this week aged 85.
Having played for the Terriers for over 10 years, Les is the club’s fifth highest goalscorer of all time with 108 goals and was voted as one of Town’s 100 greatest players in a ‘fan favourites book.
Born in Aberdeen on 20 July 1935, Les made the move to Huddersfield in the early fifties, joining the Club from Banks O’Dee in August 1953.
His first game in the blue and white stripes came under Andy Beattie in a Division Two away game at Fulham in September 1956,
Les got his first goal for the Terriers just two months later in a 5-0 barnstormer against Barnsley
Under the management of Bill Shankly, Les saw regular starts alongside 16-year-olds Denis Law and Kevin McHale, both talented young players in their own right.
He had his best single-season goalscoring total in 1959/60 when he grabbed 20 league goals in just 40 starts. He played his entire Town career in Division Two, known these days as League One.
By the end of his time at Town in October 1966, Les had netted an 108 goals in 363 appearances.
In his career as a player, he would go on to play for Darlington, Halifax Town, Bradford (Park Avenue), Workington and Drogheda.
In recent years, Les regularly attended games at the John Smith’s Stadium and, according to the club, was always ready to assist the club with interviews and various other matters.
Our thoughts are with his son Neil and his family at this difficult time.
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Today KLTV is looking back on some of our legacy videos. Our 2014 production, Food Banks in Kirklees, remains as relevant as ever. It discusses important issues such as poverty in Kirklees, the need for food banks, personal stories, and shows the people that have gone the extra mile to help out in the community.
Approximately 1.9 million people used a food bank in the UK in 2019/20, which is around 300 thousand more than the previous year.
According to The Trussell Trust’s midyear stats they gave out, on average, 2,600 parcels to children every day in the first six months of the pandemic in the UK. They are also expecting this winter to be their networks busiest time ever.
Now is an apt time to reflect on our community in Kirklees and how we can continue helping each over and moving forward as a community.
Those speaking in the 2014 production show the harsh reality of needing food banks and asks questions of ‘Why do we need food banks?’ and ‘What needs to change?’, but continues to show what we can achieve when communities come together.
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