Tributes paid to Bill Newton who founded Appleby Wanderers FC and was well-known throughout the Scunthorpe league
A family has paid tribute to a Scunthorpe-born man who loved sport and was a passionate cricketer and footballer.
Bill Newton died on November 1 at Scunthorpe General Hospital, aged 61.
He developed pneumonia after being admitted to hospital with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Mr Newton founded the Appleby Wanderers football club in 1974 with Mally Ayre.
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His son David Newton said his father was someone who would do anything for others.
He said: "He was a creature of habit.
"You couldn't knock dad.
"He always had time for others.
"He will be sadly missed, not just by me, but by everyone who came into contact with him."
Mr Newton went to school at Appleby Primary School in 1956, before moving to Cole Street Comprehensive in Scunthorpe in 1962 and later attending John Leggott College in 1966.
Mr Newton said: "He had always been interested in football and was a keen cricketer."
He did an apprenticeship in carpentry with North Lincolnshire Council and stayed there until 1976.
He then went to High Mead Windows in Grimsby until 1986 and then on to First Choice.
In 1987, he started A1 Windows with Gordon Bisset, before starting Bill Newton Windows with his dad and brother-in-law in 1992.
As Mr Newton became more ill in the last five years and could no longer play football, his hobby became fishing.
He used to fish the River Ancholme on a regular basis at the end of the farmers track in Appleby, as he did as a child with his dad.
David said: "He loved his motor bikes in his younger days and had a number of bikes, including his beloved BSA Lightning.
"He enjoyed his holidays in Great Yarmouth in the summer and Blackpool in October, which he never missed."
Mr Newton loved animals, especially birds, so much so that he built aviaries in his garden that housed all types of birds.
He loved his parrots and kept up to 14 in his house that were hand-tamed and spoke.
Mr Newton was a member of the Deejays Sunday league Committee and had been heavily involved for a number of years.
He received secretary of the year in 1996, which triggered the invite onto the emergency committee in 1997. He became a club representative in 2002.
Mr Newton is survived by his wife Carol, sons David and Daniel and daughters Gayle and Claire, step-children Michael and Shelley and six grandchildren.
His funeral will take place at 12.30pm on Monday, November 12 at Woodlands Crematorium in Scunthorpe. Family flowers only, but the family have requested donations are made to Appleby village hall in lieu of flowers.