All proceeds from Derry City’s forthcoming friendly fixture with Glentoran F.C. will be donated to former player, Mark Farren, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year.
Derry City assistant manager, Peter Hutton, who played alongside Farren for many seasons, called on fans to come out to the Brandywell on Tuesday evening and show their support for the former Candy Stripe.
“Mark Farren was an amazing talent for Derry City F.C. and he gave the fans many things to sing and cheer about over the years.
“I can’t even begin to imagine what it must be like for Mark and his family but we wanted to do something so we are going to give the proceeds from Tuesday’s game with Glentoran to him. Hopefully it helps,” said Hutton.
Farren, 31, was first diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2008 and was forced to retire from professional football. However, after a successful recovery period he returned to football and re-joined Derry City before going on become the club’s all time top goal scorer when he took his tally to 113 with a hat-trick against Mervue United in the FAI Cup in September 2012.
The Donegal born striker then left Derry City and joined Irish League outfit Glenavon in 2013.
In August 2013, Farren attended a routine six monthly check-up and for a second time, his world came crashing in around him when he he was told the news that he had another brain tumour.
Doctors informed Farren that he required surgery and almost immediately he retired from football. Farren had his operation and is currently receiving preventative radiotherapy treatment in Belfast City Hospital.
The friendly between Derry City and Glentoran F.C. will take place at the Brandywell on Tuesday February 11, kick-off 7.45pm.