Wayne Rooney, Alan Shearer and Declan Donnelly among mourners at funeral of ex-Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd

WAYNE Rooney was among the mourners at the funeral of ex-footie chairman Freddy Shepherd this morning.

Roo, who is currently painting park benches as part of a community service order, was pictured attending the service of Newcastle’s former supremo.

 Wayne Rooney was among the mourners at the funeral of ex-footie chairman Freddy Shepherd this morning

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Wayne Rooney was among the mourners at the funeral of ex-footie chairman Freddy Shepherd this morning

The Everton star, 31, appeared to be without wife Coleen.

Shepherd died last Monday at the age of 75.

Among the fellow mourners at the service in Jesmond, Newcastle, were I’m a Celeb host Dec Donnelly and former England boss Sam Allardyce.

Other stars spotted outside the church included England goal hero Alan Shearer and former Toon frontman Peter Beardsley.

Shepherd was instrumental in bringing local boy Shearer to St James’s Park from Blackburn for a then-world record £15million fee in 1996.

 Roo, who is currently painting park benches as part of a community service order, was pictured attending the service of Newcastle's former supremo

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Roo, who is currently painting park benches as part of a community service order, was pictured attending the service of Newcastle’s former supremo

 Among the fellow mourners at the service in Jesmond, Newcastle, was I'm a Celeb host Declan Donnelly

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Among the fellow mourners at the service in Jesmond, Newcastle, was I’m a Celeb host Declan Donnelly

 Alan Shearer, who was brought to Newcastle by Shepherd, was among the mourners

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Alan Shearer, who was brought to Newcastle by Shepherd, was among the mourners

 Former England manager Sam Allardyce was also among the mourners at the service in Jesmond, Newcastle

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Former England manager Sam Allardyce was also among the mourners at the service in Jesmond, Newcastle

 Shepherd died last Monday at the age of 75. He had served as Newcastle's chairman for ten years - some of the most successful in the club's history

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Shepherd died last Monday at the age of 75. He had served as Newcastle’s chairman for ten years – some of the most successful in the club’s history

 Shepherd was instrumental in bringing stars like Michael Owen to the Toon

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Shepherd was instrumental in bringing stars like Michael Owen to the Toon

 He also successfully brought Newcastle boy Alan Shearer to the city for a then-world record fee of £15million in 1996

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He also successfully brought Newcastle boy Alan Shearer to the city for a then-world record fee of £15million in 1996

He oversaw one of the most successful periods in the Magpies’ history, during which they regularly played in the Champions League and finished second, third and fourth in the Premier League.

The businessman’s impact on the footballing world was reflected by a turn-out which included dozens of the game’s biggest names.

Among those pictured were Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish and former Man United defender Steve Bruce.

 The service was held in Jesmond, Newcastle this morning. Here, the Newcastle legend's coffin is carried into the church

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The service was held in Jesmond, Newcastle this morning. Here, the Newcastle legend’s coffin is carried into the church

 Liverpool hero Kenny Dalglish was among those pictured at the service

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Liverpool hero Kenny Dalglish was among those pictured at the service

 Toon legend Peter Beardsley was another mourner seen this morning

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Toon legend Peter Beardsley was another mourner seen this morning

 Irish goalie Shay Given was a mainstay in the nets during Shepherd's time as chairman

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Irish goalie Shay Given was a mainstay in the nets during Shepherd’s time as chairman

 Former Manchester United defender and Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce paid his respects to Shepherd

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Former Manchester United defender and Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce paid his respects to Shepherd

 A large floral reef bearing Shepherd's name was outside the church

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A large floral reef bearing Shepherd’s name was outside the church


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