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The former Carlisle and York striker Craig Farrell has died aged 39, the clubs have announced. Farrell scored 71 league goals across a career also taking in Rushden and Diamonds.

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Carlisle chairman Andrew Jenkins told the club’s website: “I am so sorry to hear this news, Craig was such a likable young man. He impressed everybody with his attitude and he settled quickly, scoring some good goals through his first season with us.

“I think we can all agree that 39 is such a young age. Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time.”

Farrell finished his career with spells at Telford, Hinckley, Blyth Spartans and Whitby, retiring in February 2015 after hip problems. He earlier won three caps for England Under-16s, scoring once against Slovakia at the 1999 European Under-16 Championship.