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Hundreds say final farewell at funeral to ex-Glenavon star Tony Scappaticci

By Jonny Bell

The funeral of former Glenavon football star Tony Scappaticci has taken place.

Hundreds of family and friends gathered at St Therese's Church in Banbridge on Friday to say their final farewells to the popular father-of-three.

Mr Scappaticci - or 'Scappi' as he was affectionately known - had been suffering from ill-health and passed away on Monday at the age of 49.

During the service, Mr Scappaticci's sister Maria said "Tony touched our hearts and we celebrate the joy his life has given to each and everyone".

He had been an integral part of the Lurgan Blues side which lifted the Irish Cup in 1992.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph following the news of the death, Glenavon chairman Adrian Teer described him as "a character" and "a very popular player" among the Mourneview faithful.

"Scappi was a classy left back - strong in the air and good in the tackle," he said.

"He had the attributes to have played cross-channel football had he applied himself."

Mr Teer added: "He had been suffering ill-health. It's a very sad day, he was a much-loved character and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family."

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