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Funeral for Hibs legend Turnbull

Hundreds of Hibs fans have turned out to pay tribute to Eddie Turnbull as his funeral cortege passed Easter Road.

Many former and current players have been paying their respects to the prolific striker, who died last month at the age of 88.

Turnbull was a key player in the Hibs "Famous Five" forward line.

His funeral cortege passed the East Stand at his old ground at 1315 BST where fans have left tributes including flowers and scarves.

His private family funeral, held at Warriston Crematorium, started at 1345 BST.

It followed a memorial service at Mansfield Traquair Church at noon.

Image caption Turnbull won three league titles as a player with Hibs

Falkirk-born Turnbull, who died on 30 April, played for Hibs and later took up the mantle as manager.

It had already been announced that Hibs' home match against Aberdeen on 14 May, the last of the season for both sides, is to be played in tribute to him.

During his career, Turnbull guided Aberdeen to the Scottish Cup in 1970 and won the League Cup with Hibs in 1972.

As a player, he made nine Scotland appearances and was part of the "Famous Five" Hibs forward line that won three Scottish League titles.

His daughter, Valerie Low, said: "The whole family has been humbled and very touched by the messages of condolence and support we have received from Hibernian supporters and supporters of other clubs since my father passed away.

"It is fitting that the next game at Easter Road is versus Aberdeen and we hope to see as many of dad's friends and fans on the day as possible."

Former Scotland boss Craig Brown, said: "From Alex Ferguson right through to Walter Smith, we all hung on his every word because it was outstanding.

"He was a hard man, yes, but he had a good sense of humour as well, which I always remember.

"A wonderful guy. A guy you could depend upon for advice.

"He was miles ahead of his time, he was the first man to introduce a sweeper."

Jim Jefferies, the current Hearts manager, said he was sad to hear of Turnbull's death.

He said: "He was a fantastic Hibs manager, we all respected him. He was a terrific character.

"Everyone that I know in football said he was a terrific manager and very hard but very fair.

"Great knowledge of the game, just a fantastic manager there's no doubt about that and its sad to see him pass away."

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