James McClean honours the memory of former teammate and friend Mark Farren 4 years ago

James McClean honours the memory of former teammate and friend Mark Farren

James McClean will always be a proud Derry man.

With Shane Long ruled out of the Austria match through injury, Irish supporters will be hoping that James McClean can prove his fitness ahead of the crunch World Cup qualifier this weekend. The West Brom winger sat out training at Abbotstown yesterday as Martin O'Neill put his squad through their paces, but the former Derry City man wasn't going to let injury prevent him from honouring the memory of his friend and former teammate, the iconic Mark Farren.

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As many of you will know, Derry City's all-time top scorer sadly passed away in February of this year with numerous tributes paid to the former Finn Harps, Monaghan United and Glenavon striker. It was at the Brandywell though were Farren truly shone, scoring 114 times in a prolific spell with the club.

To honour Farren's memory, the Mark Farren Cup was created and the final took place last night as Bohemians U17's beat St Pat's 2-0 at Inchicore

Take a look at the tribute that was paid to Farren in the match programme, as tweeted by St Patrick's Athletic senior captain, Ger O'Brien.

Goals from Robbie Dunne and Steven Nolan were enough to give Bohs the win, and Farren's former teammate was on hand to honour his memory in the best way possible by presenting the cup to Bohs captain Stephen Morley.

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McClean was also happy to pose for pictures with those in attendance.