York City pays tribute to former striker Craig Farrell, 39

YORK City has paid tribute to former striker Craig Farrell, who has passed away at the age of 39.

Farrell came over from Exeter City to York in 2006, scoring 10 goals in his first season as Billy McEwan’s side reached the semi-finals of the Conference National play-off, losing to Morecambe 2-1.

The former Middlesbrough and Leeds United youth player scored 14 goals the following season, including a quick hat-trick against Rushall Olympic in the FA Cup, the third fastest treble in City’s history.

Farrell only scored three goals in the 2008/09 season and he spent the second half of the term at Oxford United.

After leaving York permanently for Rushden and Diamonds, Farrell represented AFC Telford United, Hinckley United, Blyth Spartans and Whitby Town.

Earlier in his career, he played for Carlisle United and was also captured three times by England Under-16s.

York City paid tribute to Farrell, writing on Twitter: “We are saddened to learn of the passing of former player Craig Farrell, aged 39.

“Craig made 111 appearances between 2006 and 2009 and scored 27 goals for City. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.”

York City fanzine Y Front said: “Absolutely stunned to hear the news of the passing of ex-York City player Craig Farrell.

“When he was in York, he never gave less than everything he held dear to the fans. My thoughts are with all his family and friends.”

Farrell’s former clubs, Whitby, Blyth and Exeter, expressed their sorrow over his passing.

“Everyone at Whitby Town is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former player Craig Farrell,” said Whitby. “Rest in peace, Faz.”

Blyth stated, “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former Blyth player Craig Farrell. Rest in peace, Faz.”

Exeter said: “Everyone in Exeter City is saddened to learn of the passing of former Greek Craig Farrell. Our thoughts are with Craig’s family and friends at this sad time.”

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