Dean Richards: Stars mourn at footballer’s funeral

Dean Richards' coffin is carried for his funeral at Bradford Cathedral. PIC: PA
Dean Richards' coffin is carried for his funeral at Bradford Cathedral. PIC: PA
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Premier League stars joined hundreds of mourners at the funeral of former Bradford City, Wolves and Tottenham defender Dean Richards.

Richards, who was forced to retire from the game in 2005 following illness, died last weekend aged 36.

Today, Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane and on-loan Blackpool forward James Beattie joined friends, family and former colleagues for the funeral at Bradford Cathedral, Richards’ home city in West Yorkshire.

Wolves veteran Steve Bull and former Bradford City manager Chris Kamara also attended today’s service.

The former central defender is fondly remembered at Wolves, where he moved after impressing with Bradford.

He went on to play for Southampton and Tottenham, who paid £8.1 million for his services.

Richards was forced to retire from the game after suffering from dizzy spells and headaches - an illness which was initially diagnosed as an inner ear infection.

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