April 26, 1930
The death took place suddenly on Saturday of Mr. Tom Armitt, West Street, Leek. The deceased, who was 71 years of age, was a keen sportsman, especially in football and cricket. In football circles he was well known, not only in Staffordshire, but throughout the country. Mr. Armitt was a referee in the First Division of the Football League for 27 years, and was an umpire before referees were appointed.
He had the honour of refereeing in several English Cup semi-finals and also international games. He was for 30 years a member of the Staffordshire FA, a vice-president, and it was only on Thursday previous to his death that he attempted a meeting of the association, who were intending making him a presentation in recognition of his services at the termination of the present season.
He did a great deal to further the interests of the Leek Football Club, and he intended to see the final of the Leek Cup on Saturday afternoon, for which competition he was president.
He was a most familiar figure in cricket throughout North Staffordshire and for some years he was captain of the old Leek Cricket Club. Of the North Staffordshire League Cup he was enrolled as a life member to recognise his useful service and he was also a member of the General Committee and Ground Committee.
By trade he was a silk-baller but had lived in retirement for some time. The deceased was one of the oldest members of the Leek branch of the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows and the Leek Central Liberal Club. He was a most genial and true companion, and he will be sadly missed by a large circle of friends.
(Staffordshire Advertiser: May 3, 1930)
Thomas William Armitt.