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Funeral takes place of 'prolific' footballer Sammy Pavis

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Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Sammy Pavis pictured in 2016
Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

The funeral service of the Linfield footballer Sammy Pavis has taken place in Belfast.

Mourners attended the service in James Brown & Sons Funeral Home on the Newtownards Road.

The funeral of Sammy Pavis ex-Linfield and Glentoran player took place today. Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
The funeral of Sammy Pavis ex-Linfield and Glentoran player took place today. Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

Mr Pavis died in hospital on July 4 following a short illness.

He enjoyed iconic status when he played for Linfield in the 1960s after transferring from Glentoran, where he won an Irish League medal.

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Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

After retiring from football, he was also the Northern Ireland snooker champion.

Last year he was inducted into the Linfield Hall of Fame, when legendary status was bestowed on him with the award of the prestigious Torrans Trophy.

Linfield chairman Roy McGivern said Sammy was highly charismatic and contributed enormously to Linfield's success in the 1960s.

"Sammy played in a golden era for Irish League football and he is fondly remembered by our older supporters," said Roy. Billy Kennedy, a former Linfield vice-chairman, said: "Sammy was one of the most prolific marksmen in my 60 years watching Irish League football. He was a predator who always positioned himself around the 18-yard area and scored goals not in ones, but threes, fours and fives."

He is survived by wife Freda and sons Frederick and Sammy Jnr.

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