Pictures as Sunderland says goodbye to former SAFC player Nigel Saddington

Friends, family and former Sunderland players have said an emotional final farewell to ex-SAFC defender Nigel Saddington.

By Ross Robertson
Wednesday, 13th February 2019, 9:51 am
Updated Wednesday, 13th February 2019, 10:02 am

Nigel passed away aged just 53 last month after suffering from heart disease. He was described as a "home boy at heart" in a moving funeral service at Sunderland Crematorium.

Friends and family gathered at Sunderland Crematorium for the funeral service
It was an emotional occaision
Mourners at the crematorium
The funeral procession arriving
The service heard that Nigel had numerous jobs after he retired from professional football, including at Nissan.
Nigel leaves behind daughters Hayley and Ellye, brothers Adrian and Mark, sister Clare and granddaughter Willow.
"Forever in my heart"
John Cornforth was among the former Sunderland players to attend
"Amazing Gaga"
Celebrant Andy Barker spoke of how Nigel, who grew up in Roker, had signed for Doncaster Rovers, but eventually got a dream move to play for his hometown team.
Gary Bennett was among those to attend
Touching tributes were left by loved ones
Floral tributes
Nigel (to the right of keeper Iain Hesford) in the Sunderland line up ahead of the successful 1987/88 Third Division title-winning season
Nigel Saddington