Hundreds of mourners attend emotional funeral of beloved Sheffield football coach Steve Adams

Mourners at the funeral of beloved Sheffield football coach Steve Adams - Marisa Cashill
Mourners at the funeral of beloved Sheffield football coach Steve Adams - Marisa Cashill
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Hundreds of mourners have paid an emotional farewell to beloved Sheffield football coach Steve Adams during his funeral today.

The former Doncaster Rovers and Worksop Town footballer died on Friday, March 3, after battling terminal cancer for five years.

Following his retirement from professional football, Steve became an important and much-loved member of Sheffield's coaching community.

Steve became a popular figure as a football coach with the Sheffield Wednesday Football Club Community Programme and through his own Tricky Wingers coaching business.

Tributes poured in for the father-of-one following his death, aged 57, with family and friends eager to share their fondest memories of an "enthusiastic and selfless individual."

His popularity and stature across the city's footballing community was confirmed when hundreds of mourners packed into Grenoside Crematorium today to pay their final respects.

Mourners, many of whom dressed in Sheffield Wednesday kits, erupted into an emotional minute's applause as Steve's coffin was presented outside the crematorium.

Speaking before the funeral, Steve's daughter, Gracie Adams, had asked guests to wear what they wanted to the funeral as it would be a "celebration of my dad's life"

Gracie decided to wear a t-shirt of popular American rock band The Killers that she wore at many gigs that she attended with her father.

The family added that, instead of bringing flowers, guests were instead asked to donate money to MacMillan Palliative Care or Derek Dooley MBE Football Academy for disability football; both causes "very close to both his and our family's heart".

In a fitting tribute, the band's hit song 'Human' played as the coffin-bearers carried Steve into the crematorium before the crowd solemnly followed in for the service.

Many of Steve's friends posted on Facebook to pay tribute to the beloved footballing coach.

Lisa Dawn Hulley Brown said: "Great football coach my son thought he was great. RIP Steve x"

Hannah Shepherd said: "RIP STEVE - sorry couldn't come today but looks like you have plenty there - brilliant turn out for a truly deserving man."

Debbie Meyer said: "RIP Steve you have touched so many lives in such a positive way. best wishes to your family on this sad day xx"

Marc Williams said: "RIP Steve! Done so much for thousands of kids in football."

Donations can be made at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/SteveAdams