Farewell, Freddy

Stars at footie chief’s fu­neral

The People - - NEWS FEATURES & - By John Kelly

EX-Eng­land star Wayne Rooney joined mourn­ers at the fu­neral of for­mer foot­ball club chief Freddy Shep­herd. More than 500 peo­ple at­tended yes­ter­day’s ser­vice for the busi­ness­man who was New­cas­tle United chair­man be­tween 1997 and 2007. One of his three sons de­scribed him as “Mr Charisma”. For­mer New­cas­tle striker Alan Shearer gave a eu­logy, thank­ing Freddy for bring­ingng­ing him back to his home­townwn team.

Freddy, who ho helped re­vive the club’s lub’s for­tunes, died sud­denly aged 75. Fans ns at the fu­neral in the New­cas­tle sub­urb of Jes­mon­desmond rubbed shoul-ul- ders with for­mer United man­agers Sam Al­lardyce and Kenny Dal­glish, as well as ex-play­ers in­clud­ing Peter Beard­s­ley, Les Fer­di­nand and Shay Given. TV en­ter­tainer Dec Don­nelly and his wife Ali also at­tended as did form for­mer Manch­ester United de­fen de­fender Steve Bruce. The ser ser­vice ended with tears an and New­cas­tle United an an­them Lo­cal Hero.

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