Fans line streets to say final goodbye to 1966 football hero Nobby Stiles | UK | News (Reports)

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His hearse, with a bouquet that spelt Nobby, drove through Manchester yesterday on its way to a private cremation at Southern Cemetery. The former midfielder, 78, died on October 30 after battling Alzheimer’s.

Ex-United team-mate Paddy Crerand, 81, wiped away a tear as the cortege passed a shrine of scarves and flowers at Old Trafford.

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He said: “On the pitch he made tackles you would get arrested for today, never mind sent off. But he was a terrific footballer.”

Ex-United stars Bryan Robson and Bryan Kidd joined Nobby’s wife Kay, and sons John, Peter and Robert at the service.

Nobby’s family has said any donations should be made to The Jeff Astle Foundation, which researches dementia in sport.

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