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Tributes at Everton legend Gordon West's funeral

Gordon West
Image caption Gordon West played in two League Championship winning sides

Some of Merseyside's footballing greats have paid their last respects to former Everton goalkeeper Gordon West.

The 69-year-old died in hospital last week after a long battle with cancer.

Hundreds of people attended the 69-year-old's funeral, which took place at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral followed by a private cremation.

Former Everton chairman Sir Philip Carter and ex-striker and manager Joe Royle were among those who paid tribute to West.

His friend and footballing rival, Liverpool's Ian Callaghan, also attended the service, as did hundreds of his fans.

Mr Callaghan said: "I got to know Gordon a lot better in the last sort of 10 years. He was a fantastic goalkeeper, great character and a gentleman.

Great friends

"It was a great honour to be able to be here today."

Joe Royle described his former teammate as a real man of the people.

"As a young player at Goodison he was very good to me, he was very kind, usually taking the mickey but he was very kind as well," he said.

"As I grew up and became a regular in the side, we were great teammates and great friends.

"He was a man of the people with simple pleasures."

West spent 11 years at Goodison Park, making more than 400 appearances and winning two league titles in 1963 and 1970, as well as the FA Cup in 1966.

Everton signed West from Blackpool for £27,000, then a British record transfer fee for a goalkeeper.

He won three caps for England and was part of the squad that came third at the 1968 European Championship.

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