Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Funeral for ex-footballer Ablett

Gary Ablett's coffin is carried from Liverpool Cathedral

Premier League managers Kenny Dalglish and David Moyes joined more than 1,000 people at the funeral of former Liverpool and Everton defender Gary Ablett.

The ex-footballer, 46, lost his 16-month battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma on New Year's Day.

His wife Jacqueline and four sons, Reece, Riley, Josh and Fraser and daughter, Scarlet, all attended the funeral at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral. Fraser was one of the pallbearers.

Also attending the service were Ablett's ex-Liverpool team-mates and current Match of the Day presenters Alan Hansen and Mark Lawrenson.

It is understood members of the Liverpool and Everton first team squads arrived at the Cathedral through a private entrance.

Many mourners wore Liverpool and Everton scarves to remember Ablett's successful spells at both Merseyside clubs.

He remains the only player to win the FA Cup with both Liverpool and Everton and is well respected by both sets of fans.

The hearse arrived laden with floral tributes, including a red and white wreath spelling out "Dad".

Among the cards from family members, one read: "To my brave dad, I'm so proud of the person you was. I'm going to miss you and that smile so much, all my love your little princess. Scarlet. xxx"

The service began with the LFC anthem You'll Never Walk Alone and finished with the Z-Cars theme, which is played before every game at Everton's Goodison Park.