Craig Farrell, a former Carlisle and York striker, died at the age of 39, the clubs reported. There was no cause of death stated After coming through Leeds’ junior system, Farrell scored 71 league goals in a career that also included Rushden and Diamonds, and Exeter.
“I am so sorry to hear this news, Craig was such a lovely young man,” Carlisle chairman Andrew Jenkins said on the club’s website. He impressed everyone with his enthusiasm, and he immediately settled in, scoring some fine goals in his first season with us.
“I believe we can all agree that 39 is a young age.” At this extremely sad time, our sympathies are with his family and loved ones. I speak on behalf of everyone at the club when I say that our thoughts are with his family and friends,” manager Paul Simpson added.
Oxford, where Farrell was on loan in 2009, issued the following statement: “We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of our former striker Craig Farrell, aged 39.” “Our hearts go out to Craig’s family and friends.”
After spells with Telford, Hinckley, Blyth Spartans, and Whitby, Farrell retired in February 2015 due to hip difficulties. He previously represented England Under-16s three times, scoring once against Slovakia at the 1999 European Under-16 Championship.