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It was such a beautiful day Jimmy would have loved it; IN THEIR OWN WORDS FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FANS REMEMBER FOOTBALL LEGEND Wife Agnes thanks fans who made Jinky's farewell special.

Byline: By HIS WIFE AGNES

JIMMY JOHNSTONE'S loving wife Agnes last night thanked the fans who flocked to his funeral for making it a "beautiful, beautiful" day.

Agnes, 59, said she and son James and daughters Marie and Eileen were moved by the sight of the 20,000 who joined them on Friday.

Speaking from the family home in Uddingston, she said: "It was a beautiful, beautiful day and very special. I just want to thank everyone for making it that way.

"I was touched by the turn-out and so pleased because there was no trouble at all from any of the fans.

"All the fans were united and behaved very well and I think Jimmy would have liked it.

"I can't thank the fans enough."

More than 20,000 paid tribute at the funeral of the man who was part of the legendary Lisbon Lions team.

Agnes and her family were joined by an army of fans at the funeral procession on Friday.

They lined the streets as the funeral cortege took Jimmy, who played 515 times for Celtic, to Bothwell Park Cemetery, near his family's home.

And fans of Jimmy, who died aged 61, of motor neurone disease, paid respects at his graveside yesterday.

Eight-year-old Ben McPhillips, of Bathgate, West Lothian, made the journey with his dad Brian, 41. Ben said: "He was my hero."

Builder Brian said: "I had to bring him as Ben is such a big fan."

Other well-wishers had left touching messages. One read: "God Bless you Jinky, you'll never a walk alone."

A tribute on the Celtic Supporters club website read: "We will never see his like again."

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 19, 2006
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