Former United boss pays respects to tragic Ablett

Funeral: Howard Kendall
Funeral: Howard Kendall
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FORMER teammates and current professionals were among the mourners who attended the funeral of ex-Sheffield United, Liverpool and Everton defender Gary Ablett.

The 46-year-old died on New Year’s Day after a 16-month battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Howard Kendall (Sheffield United manager 1995-97), Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish and Everton boss David Moyes were present at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral along with many of Ablett’s teammates - including John Barnes, Alan Hansen, Mark Lawrenson, Duncan Ferguson, Matt Jackson and David Unsworth - and other contemporaries from the 1980s and early 1990s.

Everton stars Phil Neville and Tim Cahill were joined by former Toffees manager Joe Royle and ex-Reds boss Rafael Benitez.

Roy Keane, who worked alongside Ablett at Ipswich just before his illness was diagnosed, was also present along with England U21 manager Stuart Pearce. The coffin of Ablett, the only man to win the FA Cup with both Merseyside clubs, was carried into church to You’ll Never Walk Alone and left to Everton’s anthem Z-Cars. He leaves a wife and five children.