Derry City to retire Mark Farren’s number 18 jersey

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Derry City are to retire the number 18 shirt in tribute to the club’s leading scorer Mark Farren.

The 33-year old striker, who also played for Glenavon, scored 114 times for the Brandywell club.

The Donegal man, who was first diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2008, passed away on Wednesday morning.

The club have also confirmed that they will be opening a book of condolence at the Brandywell today (Thursday) from 2.15pm while there will be minute’s applause in the 18th minute during City’s friendly at Ballymena United, tomorrow night, in memory of Mark.

Former team mates continue to pay tribute to the striker.

Northern Ireland international Niall McGinn said he was “devastated” by the passing of his former Derry team mate.

““It’s a sad day for football but most importantly for his family.”

Daniel Lafferty spoke of Farren’s modesty, even when breaking records.

“I can remember him scoring a hat-trick in the cup to break Liam Coyle’s all-time record.

“I grew up watching Liam and everyone knows what a legend he is. But for Mark to break that record at such a young age is incredible.

“Without his illness, he would have put it beyond reach for anyone. It was a great achievement but Farrenso never made a big deal of it.”

Meanwhile fans have started a peititon calling for the new stand at Brandywell to be named in Farren’s honour. More than 1300 people have signed at https://www.change.org/p/derry-city-and-strabane-district-council-derry-city-fc-name-the-new-stand-in-the-brandywell-stadium-after-mark-farren