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Friday, May 7, 1999 Published at 10:50 GMT 11:50 UK


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Private funeral for Sir Alf

Sir Alf Ramsey was England's most successful manager

England's former World Cup-winning manager Sir Alf Ramsey was buried on Friday at a private family funeral.

Sir Alf was laid to rest at an undisclosed location in Ipswich, his adopted home town, where he guided Ipswich Town from third division to first.

There will be a larger, public service next week, on 15 May, one of the few Saturdays when there are no Premiership fixtures. Sir Bobby Charlton is among those who will be paying tribute to Sir Alf.

So many people are expected to attend that loud-speakers may have to be erected so some can listen outside the church.

Ipswich decision "snub"

The decision to hold the funeral in Ipswich, instead of London, has been seen as a snub to the footballing establishment.

Sir Alf, a manager renowned for his frosty style, never appeared to forgive the Football Association for sacking him from the England job after he delivered the team's victory in the 1966 World Cup.

But the FA is considering a joint statue to honour England's most successful captain, and his captain in 1966, Bobby Moore. The statue would be built at the scene of their triumph, in the new National Stadium at Wembley.

One of football's best-loved managers

Sir Alf Ramsey died last week at the age of 79. He had been in hospital, and then a nursing home, since suffering a stroke last June.

The man who became one of football's best-loved managers started as a team player for Southampton and Tottenham. He won 31 caps for England before starting his managerial career at Ipswich.

He led the unfashionable East Anglian club to the First Division Championship before going on to manage the national team between 1963 and 1974.

During that time he led the country to their greatest triumph, the 4-2 World Cup final win over Germany in 1966.



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