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Neville Neville's funeral takes place in Bury

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Image caption Neville Neville was the former commercial director at Bury FC

The funeral has taken place of Neville Neville, father of former England and Manchester United footballers Gary and Phil.

Mr Neville died in Australia on a visit supporting his daughter Tracey, the England netball head coach, during the World Cup.

The 65-year-old was a former commercial director of Bury Football Club.

Footballing greats including David Beckham and ex-United manager Sir Alex Ferguson attended the service in Bury.

Beckham was joined by fellow members of "The Class of 92" Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes.

The Neville brothers were among the pallbearers who carried their father's coffin, followed by their tearful sister Tracey, who held the hand of her mother, Jill.

Other famous names from the world of football who attended included former Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce, Hull City boss Steve Bruce and Everton defender Phil Jagielka.

Manchester football greats Denis Law, Mike Summerbee and Bryan Robson were also present.

Image caption Gary and Phil Neville both played for Manchester United and earned more than 50 caps for England

The service was followed by a private burial.

Players, management and staff from Bury FC arrived in a coach to pay tribute to Mr Neville, who was a former commercial manager, director and ambassador at the League One club.

Mr Neville was involved in the fans' group Save Our Shakers, which was formed when the side faced bankruptcy in 2002.

His sons both started their lengthy football careers with Manchester United in the early 1990s. Gary won 85 England caps, while Phil won 59.

An emotional Tracey Neville led her England side out on court hours after it emerged her father had been taken ill.

She said it was the right decision to stay, as her father would not have expected her to "bail out" of a tournament.

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Image caption Mr Neville died in Australia on a visit to support his daughter Tracey, who was managing the England netball team at the World Cup
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Image caption Former team-mates of the Neville brothers attended
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Image caption Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs were at the service
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Image caption Sir Alex Ferguson came to pay his respects

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