Funeral of Pools legend

Kenny Johnson with a sketch of himself playing at Victoria Park in the 50s. Picture by DAN PHILLIPS. D20330

Kenny Johnson with a sketch of himself playing at Victoria Park in the 50s. Picture by DAN PHILLIPS. D20330

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DETAILS have been released for the funeral of Hartlepool United legend Kenny Johnson.

A service will be held in memory of Kenny, who is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, next Tuesday at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity, in Seaton Carew.

It comes after he died aged 80 on Thursday last week following a short illness.

The service of thanksgiving starts at noon ahead of cremation at Stranton Grange Crematorium.

His most famous moment in a Pools shirt came in an FA Cup tie against Manchester United in 1957, when he scored in a narrow 4-3 defeat to the Manchester giants.

More than 5,000 Pools fans united to pay a silent tribute to the Hartlepool footballing legend before the start of his former team’s first home match of the new year on Monday against Scunthorpe United.

Fans and members of Kenny’s family united in silence to pay tribute to the man who played for Hartlepool United from the late 1940s to the 1960s.

He leaves wife Olwyn, and daughter Julie.

Fans can still leave their messages of condolence to Kenny via the Hartlepool Mail.

You can leave your tribute to Kenny by logging onto www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk and leaving a message on the online version of this story