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Fans And Former Players Pay Tribute To Mike Farrelly

28 June 2020

Since learning that former defender Mike Farrelly had sadly passed away, fans and former players have been eager to pay their respects to someone who has clearly left a lasting impression on them.

After turning out for Preston North End during the early stages of his career, Mike subsequently joined Altrincham where he was to prove himself as being one of the most sought-after prospects outside the Football League.

Farrelly was to spend over four years at Moss Lane, within which he etched his name into Robins history when he gloriously scored the winning goal in the 1986 FA Trophy Final against Runcorn.

In 1987, Mike's prowess was recognised further as he won three semi-professional caps against Ireland, Holland and Scotland respectively.

Peter Wragg then brought Mike to the Moss Rose in October 1989, where he spent five seasons employed in both the Silkmen's defence and midfield. 

Over one-hundred appearances later, Mike had clearly made a lasting impression with his teammates and fans alike with his tenacious and defiant performances.

Everyone at the Football Club was saddened to hear of Mike's passing at the end of last week and here are just some of the tributes which have been paid to him since -

"So sad to hear. A wonderful player and always one to have a natter with in the bar after a game." 

Andrew Ridgway

"RIP. A good servant along with the other Alty crowd of the same era."

Andy Watson.

"Mr Dependable. Rest in paradise Mike."

Mark Sharpley.

"This news is so shocking and sad. Mick always called be "our kid" because of our surnames. Great player and such a lovely guy. RIP Mick."

Steve Farrelly.

"This is really sad news. Mick was a great lad and teammate. Loads of great times had together."

Stuart Bimson.

"Very sad news. Faz was a great teammate of mine. Great character and loved a tackle. RIP. Burrie."

Steve Burr.

Rest in Peace, Mike.

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