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Funeral of footballer Tony Hopper to be held today

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The funeral of former Carlisle United and Workington Reds midfielder, Tony Hopper, will be held today.

The 42-year-old died from Motor Neurone Disease earlier this month.

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Hopper came through the youth ranks of his hometown club and played more than 100 games for United, winning promotion twice in the 1990s.

Tony Hopper played for Carlisle United Credit: ITV Border

He was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in January last year.

He died at the Eden Valley Hospice two weeks ago, leaving his wife, Sue, and three children, Daniel, Adam and Jack.

Earlier this month, Tony's brother, Darren Hopper, spoke to ITV Border's Ryan Dollard, about his life and how touched his family have been by the wave of support they have received: