THE football world led by former England captains Alan Shearer and Wayne Rooney attended the funeral of former Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shepherd yesterday.
He thanked Mr Shepherd for bringing him back to his home town team, allowing him to break the club’s scoring record.
Rooney came to pay his respects as his agent Paul Stretford was in business with Mr Shepherd.
Rooney’s wife Colleen was not at the funeral. During Shepherd’s time at Newcastle, the club twice finished as Premier League runners-up, reached two FA Cup finals and enjoyed two Champions League campaigns.
Shearer, who was bought by the club for a record £15million, told mourners: “I first met Freddy when he made it his mission to persuade me to come home to Newcastle United.
“I left 10 years later with him as my great friend, playing for my club, breaking the goal-scoring record, living my dream. I can thank Freddy for all of that.”