The funeral of Newcastle cult hero Pavel Srnicek will take place today in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

The service at is to be held at 1pm (UK time) and a number of his former United team-mates have travelled to pay their respects.

Meanwhile a book of condolence has opened at St Andrew’s Church, in Newcastle and a memorial service is scheduled to be held at St Andrew’s on Wednesday 13 January.

Speaking on Saturday night’s Match of The Day, Alan Shearer had this to say:

“He was a very good goalkeeper, he was an unbelievable professional.

“Always on time, worked ever so hard.

“He loved Newcastle and the people of Newcastle, without doubt, loved him.

“A sad loss.”

Two of the ex-Newcastle players who have travelled to the Czech Republic have also had their say ahead of the service –

Steve Harper:

“Once I heard the awful news, I started to make plans to get across to his home town for his funeral.

“It has been a long day but for Pavel I would have travelled anywhere. He was there for me as a youngster which is something I have passed on and more importantly, something I will never forget.”

Steve Howey:

“You can pay your respects in TV interviews and words in a newspaper but as a former team-mate and friend, I wanted to come to his home town and say my final farewell.

“I’ll never forget the years that we played together and his legend will live on of that I’m sure.”