THE funeral of former Glenavon football star Tony Scappaticci will take place tomorrow.
Hundreds of family and friends are expected to gather at St Therese's Church in Banbridge at 10am 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 48.
He had been an integral part of the exciting Lurgan Blues side which lifted the Irish Cup in 1992.
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."