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Quirky news: Football club mistakenly mourns 'death' of ex-player

Contributed by editor on Jan 25, 2009 - 12:00 AM

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A football team mourning the death of one of its greatest players
discovered an important error in the tributes by the club and local
press to the 86-year-old man — he's still alive.

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Tommy Farrer had the rare distinction of reading his
own obituary as a former "legend" with northern amateur side Bishop
Auckland FC.

The mistake came to light when an official of the club, which held a
solemn minute of silence before a match last week, called Farrer's wife
to offer condolences.

A surprised Gladys Farrer said her husband had indeed departed — but
only for a few minutes to buy a newspaper and would be back soon if the
official wanted to talk to him.

Farrer, a former England amateur who played in three Wembley finals,
said in Friday editions of the Northern Echo: "We are not upset, but we
did think it was a bit of a joke at first."

Farrer said he wants to play down the mistake, saying it was time to
"let it die."


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