Hundreds attend former Stoke City star Paul Ware’s funeral

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Hundreds of mourners turned out for the funeral of former Stoke City player Paul Ware.

Fans and former players, including Terry Conroy, Dennis Smith and Tony Pulis, arrived at St Mary’s Church in Sandbach to pay their last respects.

The 42-year old’s life was celebrated through music and tributes after losing his battle against brain cancer earlier this month.

Angels by Robbie Williams played as his coffin was carried into the church.

Readings were given during the service by members of his family and friends.

His two children Amy and Laura gave an emotional tribute as they described their father as “the best daddy you could have ever found”.

They continued their heartfelt tribute and reflected on losing their father.

“You will never hold us in your arms and tell us it’s all going to be okay again,” they added. “You are our daddy, best friend and our hero.”

Family friend Anthony Barn continued with the readings and described Ware as “a man every single manager would want in his locker room”.

As the funeral drew a close, the Stoke City song We Will Be With You was played as his coffin was carried out of the church.

(Additional reporting by Maddy Andrews)

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