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Bert Williams: memorial service for Wolves legend

Bert Williams was awarded the MBE in 2010 for his services to football and to charity Credit: PA Wire

A public memorial service for legendary Wolves goalkeeper Bert Williams will take place today.

The 93-year-old MBE, known as 'The Cat', passed away at New Cross Hospital last month.

Williams played 420 times for Wolves Credit: PA Wire

Williams started off at Walsall before playing 420 times for Wolves - winning the league and FA Cup - and won 24 England caps.

Williams won the league and FA Cup with Wolves Credit: PA Wire

The service, which will be a celebration of the goalkeeper's life, will be held at 12pm at St Peter's Collegiate Church. Anyone is invited to attend.

Williams won 24 caps for England Credit: PA Wire

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Crowds gather to bid farewell to Wolves legend

Dozens of people have gathered outside a Wolverhampton church to say their goodbyes to Midland football icon Peter Broadbent.

Some of the mourners outside the church in Wolverhampton Credit: ITV News Central

Fans turned out in their droves to St Peter's Collegiate Church in Wolverhampton city centre to pay their respected to Mr Broadbent, widely recognised as one of the club's most naturally gifted players.

He died on October 1.

The coffin arrives at St Peter's Collegiate Church in Wolverhampton Credit: ITV News Central

Funeral for Wolves legend Peter Broadbent today

The funeral of Midland football legend Peter Broadbent will take place in Wolverhampton today.

The player, best known for his time with Wolves in the 50s and 60s, died on October 1.

Peter Broadbent in his Aston Villa strip. He played for the club for three years in the 60s Credit: PA

During his career, he also played for Shrewsbury Town, Aston Villa, Stockport County and Bromsgrove Rovers.

Widely recognised as a naturally gifted footballer, Broadbent was cited by both Alex Ferguson and George Best as among their favourites on the pitch.

Peter Broadbent (back row, fourth from left) poses with the 1964-65 Wolves team Credit: PA

The funeral will take place at St Peter's Collegiate Church in Wolverhampton city centre at 1.45pm.

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Extra policing for Shrewsbury v Wolves game

Around 200 officers will be on duty for the local derby between Shrewsbury and Wolves today.

The game is expected to attract a sell-out crowd of more than 9,000.

Chief Inspector Dave McWilliam, the match day commander, said:

“We are hoping the day will not be marred by trouble but anyone causing problems or involved in disorder, is likely to be arrested.”

Supporters without tickets are being urged not to travel.

Walsall apologise for offensive tweet

Walsall FC have been forced to apologise after an offensive tweet appeared on their twitter feed after their victory over Wolves last night.

The Saddlers won the away game 1-0 after a winner from Andy Butler.

Fans bailed after football violence

A group of football fans arrested after trouble broke out at a local derby match have been bailed.

The 23 people were all detained after problems before, during and after Saturday's League One game between Port Vale and Wolves.

A detailed investigation is under way into the offences committed and evidence will be put before the courts in relation to the criminal behaviour of those to decided to become involved.

– Staffordshire Police
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