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Mum touched by Prem stars’ funeral tribute to her young son

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Some footballers are good, upstanding people with genuine emotions and capable of touching gestures.

Swansea City's players turned out in force to the surprise and delight of a mourning mum whose young son died while watching Michael Laudrup's men play Manchester United on January 11.

The Welsh club vowed to pay their own tribute to Scott Bryant's sudden death, but his mum had no idea that so many Swansea stars would show up at the Morriston Crematorium to share their grief and show their respects.

Around nine first players, led by captain Ashley Williams, expressed their condolences in person at the chapel, moments after hundreds of mourners had said their final goodbyes to the popular 22-year-old.

The Swans players included Leon Britton, Wayne Routledge, Angel Rangel, Chico Flores and Ben Davies. The stars received a warm round of applause from everyone at the service as they shuffled in bearing a specially designed wreath in honour of Scott.

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Scott’s mum Julie Walters said: "I want to thank Swansea City. They also sent a beautiful wreath.

"They have been wonderful through it all."

Scott's father Stephen said that football and Swansea City were his life and the gesture made by the first team stars would have meant the world to his son.

Speaking before yesterday’s funeral service, a Swans spokesman said: “Everyone at Swansea City was devastated to hear about the loss of Scott.

"The club tries hard to maintain close links with its fans and the community as a whole.

"To lose a member of the Swansea City family like this is a tragedy, especially such a huge Swans fan as Scott and someone so young."

A regular at the Vetch and then at the Liberty Stadium, his mum described him as a healthy 22-year-old, and added that the results of his post mortem had proved inclusive.