Ex-England, Plymouth, Ipswich and Arsenal star Paul Mariner dies at age of 68 after battle with brain cancer… as tributes pour in for the former forward who won the UEFA Cup with the Tractor Boys in 1981
Former Ipswich and England striker Paul Mariner has died at the age of 68, the club has announced.
Mariner scored 139 goals in 339 games for Ipswich and was a member of their FA Cup winning side of 1978 and the team that won the UEFA Cup in 1981.
He also earned 35 caps for England and scored 13 times for his country.
‘We regretfully inform you that Paul passed away peacefully on the 9th of July surrounded by his family, after a brief battle with brain cancer,’ a family statement read.
A tweet from Ipswich read: ‘We are devastated to hear the news of the passing of Town legend Paul Mariner at the age of 68. The thoughts of everyone at Ipswich Town are with Paul’s family and friends at this sad time.’
It was reported last year that Mariner, whose other clubs included Plymouth, Arsenal and Portsmouth, had undergone surgery on a brain tumour.
Former England and Ipswich centre forward Paul Mariner has died at the age of 68 years old
A tweet from the England team’s account read: ‘We’re sad to have learned that Paul Mariner, who made 35 appearances for the ThreeLions, has passed away at the age of 68.
‘Mariner represented England between 1977 and 1985, scoring 13 goals. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family, friends and former clubs.’
More to follow.