Accrington crematorium was a sea of red as hundreds paid their respects to terrace legend Antony Cox last Friday.
The family of Accrington Stanley’s ‘number one’ fan Antony, 33, had asked for mourners to wear football shirts.
And the majority of the 400 or so who attended the funeral were decked in bright red Stanley shirts through the ages.
With the Burnley Road crematorium full many mourners had to stand outside and listened to the service on a loud speaker as they united in grief for Antony, who was struck by a train at Oswaldtwistle and Church station on August 30.
Earlier the cortege had passed the Crown Ground and the Oaklea pub.
There was a wreath in the shape of a football and his coffin was draped in an Accrington Stanley flag.
At the crematorium, Antony’s father, Mick and brother, Dwayne walked arm in arm in front of the cortege in Stanley’s shirts with RIP Son and RIP Bro on their backs.
Accrington Stanley were represented by chief executive Rob Heys and directors Frank Martindale and Mark Turner – manager John Coleman and his team had wanted to go to the funeral but had to travel to Torquay for Saturday’s game.
Minister Edward Joyce said Antony was the oldest of four and attended Rhyddings High School before working at Hollands Pies and SG Aluminium and then he became landlord of the Tinker and Budget pub.
Mr Joyce praised Antony’s popular character – how he was always willing to help anyone out – how he liked a laugh and how he always had a smile on his face and especially his love of Stanley.
Antony’s brother Dwayne gave a moving tribute to his brother calling him his ‘best friend’ and admitted his world ‘fell apart’ when he got the phone call on Bank Holiday Monday to say Antony had died.
Antony’s coffin had entered the crematorium to Robbie Williams’ Let Me Entertain You and, during his committal Accrington band’s Celtic Cross played ‘I Love the Smell of Accy in the Morning’ followed by ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.
Friend and Stanley fan Rob Russell said: "Much has been said in the past about Stanley being a family club and Friday proved to the world what our family is all about.
"As we walked sadly down the road towards the chapel it almost felt like an away day, an away day of huge significance, a big cup game and the outside of the church was like Wembley Way with a sea of red and white and waving flags, balloons and scarves on display.
"The atmosphere was rightly sombre but it still felt like a celebration of his life rather than saying goodbye to a friend."
Antony’s family also released a number of red and white balloons outside in memory of Antony.