Glenavon supporters are invited to attend the launch of ‘The Love of the Game’, an account of the life of Mark Farren, written by Derry News Sports Editor Gary Ferry.

The event will take place on Wednesday 8th December in the City Hotel Derry at 7:30pm.

Gary’s new book covers the life of Mark Farren, who scored 113 goals in just over 200 games for Derry City and 10 goals in 15 games for Glenavon. Mark sadly passed away in February 2016 after losing his battle with cancer. It includes his time at Glenavon and also a few familiar names, no less than Gary Hamilton, Ciaran Martyn and Eddie McCallion.


“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 measure.”