David Beckham leads stars paying tribute to Neville Neville

David Beckham paid his respects at the funeral of Neville Neville in Bury on Thursday afternoon. The former England captain was among a number of footballers including Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes at the funeral for the father of Gary and Phil Neville.

Neville passed away on 7 August after being taken ill while visiting Australia to support his daughter Tracey, who is the England netball coach. The 65-year-old's funeral took place at Bury Parish Church with a number of friends, family and high-profile guests paying tribute.


David Beckham joined mourners at Neville Neville's funeral

David had returned from Los Angeles for the service, where he was joined by his mum Sandra. He was seen entering the church alongside close friend Dave Gardner, who played in the Manchester United youth team alongside the soccer star when they were teens.

The father-of-four had previously paid tribute to Neville in a touching Instagram post earlier in the month, sharing an old picture of him with his son Brooklyn. "When someone cares for other people's children the way he does his own then you know that person is special," David wrote.


The Neville brothers acted as pallbearers at the funeral

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson also joined mourners at Thursday's service, while players, management and staff from Bury FC turned out in force. Neville – known as Big Nev – was once a director of the League One club and still served as an ambassador for the team.

The two Neville brothers acted as pallbearers carrying the coffin in, as their sister Tracey walked behind hand-in-hand with their mother Jill.


Ryan Giggs was joined by his wife Stacey Cooke

The family released a statement to announce Neville's death on 7 August, which read: "We would like to thank everyone at St Vincent's hospital in Sydney for the fantastic care and attention that dad received in the last few days and for their support."

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