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Derry City to name stand after tragic Mark Farren

By Staff Reporter

Published 26/02/2016

Former Derry City striker Mark Farren, who has died of cancer, and his wife Terri-Louise
Former Derry City striker Mark Farren, who has died of cancer, and his wife Terri-Louise

A new stand at Londonderry's Brandywell stadium is to be named in honour of Mark Farren, Derry City's all-time record goalscorer who died earlier this month after a long battle with cancer.

The local footballing legend had fought for eight years against a cancerous brain tumour.

Last night, Mark's widow Terri-Louise thanked everyone who had supported her after his death, and said he would have been proud to have the stand named after him.

"If I'm honest, time feels like it has stopped for me," Terri-Louise said.

"I just wish we could have had more time and I could have him back but that would be selfish of me."

She added: "Mark was humbled by all the love and support everyone gave him during his battle and it helped him get through every challenge he had to face. It's something I will never be able to repay."

Derry Mayor Elisha McCallion had put a proposal to name a Brandywell stand after the striker to councillors yesterday.

It was passed unopposed.

Mr Farren (33) was buried at St Mary's Church, Ballybrack, earlier this month - the same church in which he was married.

Meanwhile, Liverpool FC last night paid tribute to Mr Farren and his achievements.

The match programme for last night's Europa League game against German side Augsburg described the popular Donegal striker - who also played for Glenavon - as "the Robbie Fowler of Ireland".

Writing in the programme, Mark's friend Adrian McCauley said he had been "a massive Liverpool fan".

He added: "The Great Football Pitch in the Sky has just welcomed a true shining star - shine brightly Mark.

"He fought so hard but can now finally sleep."

Liverpool won last night's game 1-0.

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