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Funeral tributes to Ally MacLeod
Ally MacLeod
Ally MacLeod led Scotland to the 1978 World Cup
Family, friends and fans have paid their final respects to former Scotland manager Ally MacLeod.

The 72-year-old died peacefully at his Ayrshire home last weekend following a battle with Alzheimer's disease.

His funeral was held at St Columba's Church, Ayr, on Friday afternoon and 450 mourners attended the ceremony.

MacLeod led Scotland to the 1978 World Cup where they secured an historic 3-2 win against Holland but missed out on the latter stages of the tournament.

MacLeod's wife, Faye, and her two sons led mourners into the church as pipers played Amazing Grace.

There's many a time I sit and wait whilst he is out on another date, to talk to teach give reasons why this game of football must not die
Poem read out at funeral
Faye MacLeod then read a poem dedicated to her late husband.

The poem read:

"To live with my man is awfa' hard, for he is known as fitba' daft. He lives and talks it all day long and looks at others with lots of scorn.

"If they should dare to criticise one of his lads who mesmerise the players in the other side. For in them all, he has much pride.

"There's many a time I sit and wait whilst he is out on another date, to talk to teach give reasons why this game of football must not die!

Funeral service for Ally MacLeod
About 450 mourners attended the funeral service

"And tho' at times I do despair I know that I will sure be there to cheer, to clap to wish him luck when next he tries to win the cup."

The Reverend Fraser Aitken, who led the service, paid tribute to the "family man".

Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson and Rangers manager Alex McLeish were among the mourners.

Following the service, MacLeod's remains were taken to Masonhill Crematorium on the outskirts of Ayr.

After the disappointment in the World Cup in Argentina, MacLeod returned to club management with Motherwell, Airdrie, Ayr and Queen of the South.

Scottish hero

Scotland's most-capped player Kenny Dalglish said he would miss MacLeod's wit and humour.

"Ally was a real larger than life character," Dalglish said.

"He was somebody who brought a great deal of humour into whatever company he was in.

"The game nowadays could certainly do with more characters of his ilk."

'A minute's silence'

Joe Jordan, who scored in three successive World Cups, said MacLeod was passionate about the game.

He said: "Ally was always the optimist. That's what I would remember of him. He loved his football."

First Minister Jack McConnell hailed MacLeod as a "Scottish hero" and the Scottish Football Association said he would be fondly remembered by the Tartan Army supporters.

The SFA said that a minute's silence would be held in his honour prior to this weekend's Tennent's Scottish Cup fourth round matches.

BBC Scotland's Aileen Clarke
"Well known faces from the world of football joined his family for the service"

Ally MacLeod dies
01 Feb 04  |  Scotland

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