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The funeral of Leeds, Juventus and Wales football legend John Charles has been held at Leeds Parish Church.

Stars from the Leeds team of the 1970s, including Peter Lorimer, Norman Hunter, Allan Clarke and Paul Reaney, were among the pall-bearers.

Among the speakers at the service was former Liverpool and Wales striker John Toshack, who read a self-penned poem.

Charles died in Wakefield’s Pinderfields Hospital aged 72 after falling ill in Italy.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, Wales manager Mark Hughes and former Republic of Ireland boss Jack Charlton also attended the service.

Leeds have renamed the West Stand at Elland Road, which was rebuilt with the money the club made from Charles’ ransfer to Juventus, the John Charles Stand.

Acting manager Eddie Gray said: “It is a tremendous gesture to the memory of big John, who was a wonderful man and a great footballer.”

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