Football fans joined hundreds of family, neighbours and workmates at the funeral of a man found dead in the garden of his home.
Liverpool FC supporters wore Manchester United shirts as a mark of respect at fan Aidan Diver’s funeral, held at Mexborough parish church on Friday.
Labourer Aidan, aged 21, was found dead outside his home at Windhill Crescent, Mexborough, near Rotherham, on the morning of August 3.
He had been out with friends in Rotherham the previous evening and had, said his family, been happy and joking the last time they saw him alive.
His brother Kieron, 22, was on holiday in Turkey when he learned about the tragedy on Facebook.
Hundreds of messages were later posted on the site as Aidan’s friends from around the area shared their grief.
Also known as Dingy, former Mexborough School pupil Aidan was a lifelong Manchester United supporter.
He was always laughing and joking, said his devastated mum Karen, 43, who described her son as ‘polite and respectful, a lovable rogue who adored children, who enjoyed wearing nice clothes and who was a bit of a ladies’ man’.
At the funeral mourners packed every corner of the church and spilled outside. The police were present to direct traffic. Aidan’s gran Margaret Owen, 61, of Derwent Road, Mexborough, described the scene as ‘unbelievable’.
Six of Aidan’s close friends were pallbearers. Members of the family planned to speak at the service but found themselves unable to do so.
Songs including The World’s Greatest by R Kelly were played at the church, before the service at Rosehill Crematorium ended with football song Glory, Glory Man United.