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Fans pay in tribute to tragic striker Mark Farren (33)

By Angela Rainey

Published 08/02/2016

A banner at The Oval where Mark Farren’s former club Glenavon beat Glentoran 4-1 on Saturday
A banner at The Oval where Mark Farren’s former club Glenavon beat Glentoran 4-1 on Saturday

Football fans have paid tribute to former Glenavon striker Mark Farren, who lost his battle with cancer last week, with a minute's silence at eight matches.

The popular 33-year-old striker, who was record goal scorer at Derry City, succumbed to an aggressive brain tumour.

A minute's silence was held before the Glentoran v Glenavon Irish Cup match, and Mark's life was also marked with array of banners around The Oval. One read: 'Mark, your courage will never be forgotten. Be Just And Fear Not.'

Glenavon, who won 4-1 to knock the holders out, scored in the 10th and 18th minutes. Mark's shirt number at Glenavon was 10, and at Derry it was 18. The Brandywell club has retired the number in tribute.

Ciaran Martyn, who helped raise money for treatment in Mexico for Mark, said he was delighted to have honoured his memory by winning the match.

He said: "Obviously it's been a tough time the last couple of days, and all you want to do is go out and do your best.

"To score in the 10th minute, Mark's number at Glenavon, there's something up there, it's strange."

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