Filed: Thursday, 2nd February 2012
By: Staff Writer
The great and good of West Ham United congregated in Manor Park earlier today to bid farewell to legendary goalkeeper Ernie Gregory.
Gregory, who spent 51 years at the club as a player and coach passed away ten days ago at Romford's Queen's Hospital following a short illness.
And earlier today, luminary figures from the club's past and present gathered together at the City of London cemetery to bid Gregory, who was 90, farewell.
Former Hammers striker Brian Dear, who was close to tears throughout delivered a touching eulogy to Gregory in front of former team mates including Vic Keeble, Frank O'Farrell and Ken Brown.
Around 50 former West Ham United players were present in all, including fellow club legends Billy Bonds, Trevor Brooking, Frank Lampard, Alan Devonshire, Alvin Martin, Tony Gale, Tony Cottee and Phil Parkes.
Representing the current regime was Academy Director Tony Carr and right-hand man Jimmy Hampson plus co-chairman David Gold and daughter Jacqueline. Yvonne Lyall, wife of former manager John Lyall was also in attendance.
Gregory, who had no remaining family having lost his wife and daughter in recent years, spent the final few months of his life in a rest home in Basildon, Essex, having suffered a stroke in 2010.
Former Hammer Bobby Barnes had been responsible for the arrangements and taking care of Gregory’s estate; his coffin was adorned by a huge West Ham United crest made from dried flowers.
GOODBYE, ERNIE: Some of West Ham United's finest gather to pay their tributes
Goodbye, Ernie [2nd Feb 2012]
Ernie Gregory: goodbye to a legend [22nd Jan 2012]
Ernie on the up [5th Aug 2010]
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