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Former British Football Star Dies at 39


Former Carlisle and York striker Craig Farrell has died at 39-years-old, the clubs announced.

Farrell tallied 71 league goals over his career after coming through the Leeds’ youth system.

Carlisle chairman Andrew Jenkins told the club’s website: “I am so sorry to hear this news, Craig was such a likable young man. He impressed everybody with his attitude and he settled quickly, scoring some good goals through his first season with us.”

“I think we can all agree that 39 is such a young age. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this very sad time.”

Manager Paul Simpson added: “I speak on behalf of everybody at the club when I say that our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

The Guardian reported:

Oxford, where Farrell spent time on loan in 2009, tweeted: “We are saddened to learn of the death of our former striker Craig Farrell, aged 39. Our thoughts are with Craig’s family and friends.”

Farrell finished his career with spells at Telford, Hinckley, Blyth Spartans and Whitby, retiring in February 2015 after hip problems. He earlier won three caps for England Under-16s, scoring once against Slovakia at the 1999 European Under-16 Championship.


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