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Mike Farrelly

2 July 2020

Preston North End are saddened to hear of the passing of former player Mike Farrelly, who passed away on Friday 26th June, at the age of 57.

Mike was born on New Year’s Day 1962 in Manchester and as a schoolboy footballer he was highly sought after.

He won England honours at that level and it was considered quite a coup when the Lilywhites signed him in June 1981.

He was very bright, academically, and between his studies he turned out for the North End youth and ‘A’ teams, under coach Alan Spavin.

It was Tommy Docherty who signed Farrelly for Preston North End, but sadly,  the manager did not stay long at the club and the team also went into decline somewhat.

Farrelly only played a few games initially, although always showed up well when selected. He was a versatile player who could operate in defence, midfield and even up front if needed.

He did play a little more often as his five years at the club progressed, but the end of the 1984/85 season saw him released by North End.

He left the professional game, but then had a great deal of success in non-league circles, especially with Altrincham. He even played for England at that semi-pro level.

He was a good player who suffered because his arrival at Deepdale coincided with the worst period in the North End club’s history. However, he made 94 appearances in all competitions for the club and scored five goals.

The club would like to send its condolences and best wishes to Mike's family and friends at this sad time.

By Mike Payne

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