It was the most emotional moment of a memorable night.

Fans stood, applauded and sang Tony Hopper's name as the former Carlisle United favourite was remembered at a big reunion event in the city.

The gathering of United's 1994/5 team at Harraby Catholic Club doubled as a fundraiser for Eden Valley Hospice in memory of Tony.

It was held on the third anniversary of the much-missed player's passing from motor neurone disease, with the event believed to have raised more than £8,000 for the hospice thanks to a major memorabilia auction.

And the sell-out audience paid a warm tribute to Tony amid a presentation to his family midway through the evening.

Tony's eldest son Dan, brother Darren and wife Sue stepped forward to receive a specially-commissioned portrait of Tony by Carlisle artist Dale Nicholson.

It was accompanied by a title-winner's medal from Bohemians and the Football Association of Ireland - sent 20 years after midfielder Tony helped the club win the league, following a campaign by the News & Star and friends of Tony.

As event organiser Colin Carter addressed the audience, fans stood and gave Tony a huge, spontaneous ovation, before his former team-mates and coaches greeted his family on stage.

You can listen to the moving moment by clicking on the player at the top of this article.

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