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Memorial service held for football's Justin Edinburgh who died aged 49

A memorial service has been held for Justin Edinburgh. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Friends and family have attended the memorial service of the former footballer and manager Justin Edinburgh who died at the age of 49.

The former boss of Northampton Town suffered a cardiac arrest and died in hospital in June, just weeks after guiding Leyton Orient to promotion back to the football league.

As a player Justin Edinburgh started his career at Southend United and later played for Tottenham.

At the service in Chelmsford, a host players past and present paid their respects.

Among those attending were the Leyton Orient squad, Teddy Sheringham, Sol Campbell and Glenn Hoddle.

Chairman of Leyton Orient Nigel Travis said: "Today we’re trying to celebrate the life of a great person, a great coach, a great manager, great father, great family man. Justin was all those things."

  • Click below for Leyton Orient Chairman Nigel Travis' tribute to Justin Edinburgh

Mr Travis added: "He was one of the best communicators I ever came across in my business or sporting career.

"He communicated to people in a very straightforward, honest manner. You knew exactly where you stood. He always threw in a touch of humour and most of my memories are the funny side of Justin.

"I think it’s really him as a family man, him and Kerry have been together I think since 13, so I reflect on the loss that they feel more than the loss that our football club has, because at the end of the day he’s a family man. He typified how important family was."

Former Tottenham player Teddy Sheringham attends the memorial service.. Credit: ITV News Anglia
Former player and manager Glenn Hoddle pays his respects to Justin Edinburgh's family. Credit: ITV News Anglia