Tributes after the death of the former young England footballer at the age of 39


Tributes have been paid to a former young England footballer after his death at the age of 39. People flooded social media to praise Craig Farrell after news of his death was published on Monday.

Craig played for England Under-16 earning three caps. He scored against Slovakia at the 1999 European Under-15 Championships, Teesside Live report.

He was born in Middlesbrough and signed with his local club as a youth, then moved to Leeds United. Although he made no appearances for either team, he went on to a successful career playing for clubs including Carlisle, Exeter City, York City and Rushden and Diamonds.

Following his death, many of his former clubs took to social media to pay their respects.

Carlisle United posted on Facebook: “Devastating news as we bid farewell to Craig Farrell – our thoughts are very much with his loved ones.”

In a post on his website, chairman Andrew Jenkins said: “I’m so sorry to hear this news, Craig was such a nice young man and I think it’s fair to say we all wanted him succeed when Roddy [Collins] brought him in from Leeds.

“He impressed everyone with his attitude and he settled in quickly, scoring some good goals in his first season with us. I remember him as someone who had his head down and worked hard, and I think we can all agree that 39 is such a young age. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this very sad time.”

Manager Paul Simpson added: “This is incredibly sad news. He was a really good guy and he was a good boy to have in the group.

“I speak for everyone at the club when I say our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

Oxford United also paid tribute on their website on Monday. He said: “Oxford United are saddened to announce the passing of our former striker Craig Farrell.

“Craig made 15 appearances, scoring twice, while on loan with York U in 2009. Craig died earlier today aged 39 and our thoughts are with his family and his friends.”

Middlesbrough FC tweeted: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of our former young player Craig Farrell on his sad passing.”

Craig Farrell celebrates his first league goal for Exeter City

Paying tribute, Exeter City FC on Twitter said: “All at Exeter City are saddened to learn of the passing of 39-year-old former Greek Craig Farrell. Craig joined the club in 2005 with 39 appearances. Our thoughts are with To Craig’s family and friends at this sad time.”

Farrell’s goals helped York advance to the Conference play-off semi-finals in 2007. He also scored the third-fastest hat-trick in club history with a quick hat-trick in one game FA Cup draw against Rushall Olympic.

York City posted on Facebook: “We are saddened to learn of the passing of former player Craig Farrell, aged 39. Craig made 111 appearances and scored 27 goals for City between 2006 and 2009. Our thoughts are with his family and friends in this sad time.”

Whitby Town Football Club also paid tribute by issuing a statement on social media. “Everyone at Whitby Town is extremely saddened to learn of the passing of former player Craig Farrell. Craig played for the Seasiders between 2012 and 2015. Rest in peace, Faz.”

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