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Wednesday 30 July 2014

Fergie pays tribute to 'greatness' of Sligo native Fallon

Clare Carswell Glasgow

Published 24/01/2013|05:00

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Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson paid tribute to former Celtic and Irish soccer star Sean Fallon at his funeral.

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The Sligo native died at the age of 90 last week, leaving a legacy which included his time as assistant manager to Jock Stein when the club became the first British team to lift the European Cup in 1967.

Hundreds of mourners attended his funeral service in Glasgow yesterday, including Ferguson and famous Celtic faces such as current manager Neil Lennon and a number of current and former players.

Ferguson addressed the congregation at the Church of Christ the King in Glasgow, to pay tribute to "a great man".

He said: "I think it's very difficult for people who are successful to remain humble, it's a touch of greatness.

"Sean always had that greatness. Through his background, his upbringing, his Irishness, that breeds humility and also loyalty, he would never let you down."

Although Ferguson was a player with rival Glasgow side Rangers, he formed a strong friendship with Fallon as he built his career as a coach and a manager.

He praised him for his role as assistant manager to Stein and said he was talented in the position, which required him to "get to the heart of the dressing room".

Among the mourners were other Celtic veterans including Kenny Dalglish and Tommy Gemmell. Current players present at the service included captain Scott Brown, Tony Watt, Adam Matthews and Georgios Samaras.

Fallon leaves behind his wife Myra, five daughters and a son.

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