Mark Farren: Love of the Game


Released 8 December 2021

Gary Ferry releases his biography of City record goal scorer, Mark Farren.

Ferry traces Farren’s career from his earliest days in Greencastle, all the way to his glory days in the Candystripes.


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“Mark signified everything that was good about the human spirit.”
Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny

Mark Farren’s loss still hurts today. A young man from Greencastle, who became a Derry City legend
in just a few short years, Mark was everything a fan could wish for in a player. From the moment he
burst onto the scene with a hat trick against Limerick in 2003, to his record-breaking hat trick against
Mervue United in 2012, Mark gave everything for the red and white shirt. That continued onto
Glenavon for the final year of his career, when he made a mark never to be forgotten at
Mourneview Park.

A player who just loved the game, Mark was happiest when playing football. From his days playing
with his best friends in St. Paul’s Park, Greencastle to his spell with Tranmere Rovers, all the way
through his career at the Brandywell and beyond, he never lost his passion for the game.
‘The Love of the Game’ tells Mark’s story through the eyes of those who knew him best, and those
who shared those precious moments with him on his journey through an incredible life.
From his wicked sense of humour, to his hopes, fears and his amazing refusal to give up in the most
difficult of circumstances, the story of Mark’s life is inspiring, hilarious and heart-breaking in equal


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