Wolverhampton fell silent this afternoon as fans, team-mates, friends and family paid their final respects to one of Wolves’ favourite players, the late, great Dave Wagstaffe.
Hundreds of supporters gathered outside St Peter’s Collegiate Church in the city centre as ‘Waggy’ was laid to rest.
Fans mingled with around 20 former team-mates of the legendary winger, who passed away on August 6 at the age of 70 following a battle with cancer.
It was standing room only inside the church with a thousand-strong congregation which included the club’s chief executive Jez Moxey, vice-presidents Robert Plant and Rachael Heyhoe-Flint.
As the coffin was carried into church by members of the Wagstaffe family, the strains of Wolves’ anthem Hi Ho Silver Lining could be heard,
Behind the coffin Waggy’s distraught partner Val Williams – wearing the late winger’s 1974 League Cup final tracksuit top – followed with other family members, one of whom was carrying a framed picture of the footballing idol.
In the hearse bearing the coffin were white and gold flowers marking out the words Waggy and Dad.
Among those present were John Richards, who gave a reading during the service, Phil Parkes, Geoff Palmer, Derek Parkin, John McAlle, George Berry, Kenny Hibbitt, Willie Carr, Barry Powell, Terry Wharton, Ernie Hunt, Peter Knowles, Gerry Taylor, Fred Davies, Mel Eves, Graham Hawkins and Jim Barron.
Following the first hymn Jerusalem, there was a reading by legendary goalscorer Richards before Waggy’s grand-daughter Chloe Williams sang How Great Thou Art.
Tributes were given by former Express & Star sports editor Steve Gordos, Waggy’s youngest son Scott and Wolves chaplain Rev David Wright
As the congregation left the church the Monkees’ Daydream Believer was played in reference to Waggy’s long-term friendship with the band’s musician Davy Jones.
Before the service began supporters gathered outside Molineux where the funeral cortege paused briefly to allow fans to pay their respects after setting out from the family home in Tettenhall. Passing motorists also stopped their cars to mark the occasion. Among the supporters at Molineux was Mick King, aged 65 from Oxley. He said: “Waggy was one of my heroes. He was absolutely brilliant and was the best winger never to play for England.”
The hugely popular star was regarded as one of Wolves’ finest ever players and enjoyed great success with the club from 1964 to 1976 picking up a League Cup winners medal in 1974.
Waggy made 404 appearances for Wolves and scored 31 goals after signing from Manchester City.