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Gary Ablett's Funeral Sees Alan Hansen, Kenny Dalglish And David Moyes Pay Respects

Premier League managers Kenny Dalglish and David Moyes joined more than 1,000 people at the funeral of former Liverpool and Everton defender Gary Ablett today.

The ex-footballer, 46, lost his 16-month battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma on New Year's Day.

His wife Jacqueline and four sons, Reece, Riley, Josh and Fraser and daughter, Scarlet, all attended the funeral at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral. Fraser was one of the pallbearers.

Also attending the service were Ablett's ex-Liverpool team-mates and current Match of the Day presenters Alan Hansen and Mark Lawrenson.

It is understood members of the Liverpool and Everton first team squads arrived at the Cathedral through a private entrance.

Many mourners wore Liverpool and Everton scarves to remember Ablett's successful spells at both Merseyside clubs.

He remains the only player to win the FA Cup with both Liverpool and Everton and is well respected by both sets of fans.

The hearse arrived laden with floral tributes, including a red and white wreath spelling out "Dad".

Among the cards from family members, one read: "To my brave dad, I'm so proud of the person you was. I'm going to miss you and that smile so much, all my love your little princess. Scarlet. xxx"

The service began with the LFC anthem You'll Never Walk Alone and finished with the Z-Cars theme, which is played before every game at Everton's Goodison Park.

Some players took to Twitter to send their respects to Ablett.

Tim Cahill, who also attended the funeral said: "Rest in peace to a legend Gary Ablett. An emotional funeral and also amazing turnout for such a great person."

Everton captain Phil Neville, who was also present, tweeted: "Sad sad day RIP Gary Ablett"

Ablett made 147 appearances for Liverpool and 156 for Everton before making the move into management in 2002.

He worked with Everton's youth academy until 2006 when he took over as Liverpool reserve team coach.

In his second season with the Reds he won the Barclays Premier Reserve League Northern title, the Dallas cup and the National Reserve Team League title.

Current Liverpool first team players Jay Spearing and Martin Kelly were part of that team.

The service was followed by a private cremation attended by family and close friends.