Last night saw confirmation that the new Brandywell stand at Derry City F.C. will be named after the top goal scorer for the club. Mark Farren passed away earlier this month after an ongoing battle with cancer. Mark became the Derry City F.C.’s all time top goal scorer when he surpassed Coyle’s record of 112 goals in September 2012.
Mark Farren
Mayor of Derry, Elisha McCallion said yesterday, “In memory of Mark, and reflecting the widely held view in the community, we propose that the new stand in the Brandywell redevelopment be named ‘The Mark Farren’ stand.
Mark was a football household name in Derry and Donegal for many years. Hailing from the village of Greencastle in Donegal Mark fought his battle with cancer with dignity and pride.
Farren played with Finn Harps, Monaghan United, Glenavan and most notably the Candystripes, Derry City.
Farren was a dedicated Liverpool fan and just last night the Anfield team paid their respects to him in their match programme – their Europa League clash against Ausburg.
Liverpool Mark Farren
Anfield Extra said: “The matchday programme was sad to hear about former Derry City striker Mark Farren, who passed away at the beginning of February.
Mark was the club’s all-time record scorer with 114 goals, and his friend Adrian McCauley writes: ‘Farewell to Mark, who was a massive Liverpool fan. He was a natural born goalscorer – the Robbie Fowler of Ireland.
The Great Football Pitch in the Sky has just welcomed a true shining star – shine brightly Mark. He fought so hard he can now finally sleep. Thoughts and prayers are with his wife, family and footballing friends.'”
How fitting that on the same day this legenderry footballer is immortalised at both his favourite clubs. Liverpool and Derry will always remember the treasure that was and will be Mark Farren.