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Funeral held for Hibernian legend Lawrie Reilly

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Image caption Lawrie Reilly's funeral was held at St Andrew's and St George's West Church

Hundreds of football fans joined players past and present to pay their last respects to former Hibernian and Scotland player Lawrie Reilly.

The 84-year-old was the last surviving member of Hibs' "Famous Five" forward line which helped the side win three league titles in 1948, 1951 and 1952.

The striker also still holds the record for the most goals scored by a Scot against England - five.

He died in hospital in Edinburgh on 22 July from bone cancer.

He is survived by his wife, Iris, and son, Lawrence.

After his funeral, which was held at 11am, the cortege went past Hibs' Easter Road stadium, to give hundreds of fans the opportunity to pay their respects.

Reilly made his debut as a 17-year-old and played his entire career with Hibs, scoring 238 goals.

Minute's applause

He also played 38 times for Scotland, scoring 22 goals, including five against England.

There was a minute's applause to celebrate Reilly before Hibs' Europa League match with Malmo last week.

The team will also wear shirts embroidered with his name during the league game with Motherwell this weekend.

Calls for a statue of Reilly and the other members of the Famous Five - Gordon Smith, Bobby Johnstone, Eddie Turnbull and Willie Ormond - have been backed by council leaders.

The funeral was held at St Andrew's and St George's West Church in Edinburgh.

Instead of flowers the family asked for any donations to be made to cancer research at the Western General Hospital.

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