Ivor Powell funeral: Tributes are paid by friends

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Media captionIvor Powell MBE played eight times for Wales and starred for Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers.

The funeral service for a man who was believed to be the world's oldest football coach has taken place.

Ivor Powell MBE coached Team Bath for 37 years, played eight times for Wales and was a teammate and close friend of Sir Stanley Matthews at Blackpool.

The funeral cortege passed the university campus en route to Haycombe Crematorium for the service at noon.

A celebration of his life then took place in the university sports hall attended by family and friends.

Prof Dame Glynis Breakwell, vice-chancellor of the University of Bath, paid tribute, along with Paul Tisdale, former university head football coach and manager of Exeter City Football Club.

The former Wales midfielder died on 5 November, aged 96.

Image caption The cortege passed the university on its way to Haycombe

Mr Powell started his playing career at QPR in 1937 and also had spells with Aston Villa and Blackpool.

He took over as manager at Bath City in 1964 before becoming a coach at the University of Bath, where he worked for 37 years, until the age of 93.

Mr Powell won a place in the Guinness Book of Records for his role as the world's oldest working football coach in 2006.

A statue of the veteran, who also coached at Carlisle, stands at the university's sports training village and a scholarship fund was set up in his name to support undergraduates in their studies.

He was appointed an MBE in 2008 for services to sport.

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