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RIP Tommy Farrer

RIP Tommy Farrer

Bishop Auckland FC are saddened to learn of the death of ex captain Tommy Farrer, Tom died at the age of 94.

Famously Tom skippered the Bishop Auckland team which took on a barefoot  Nigerian X1 at the town’s Kingsway ground in 1949.   

He played for the Bishops from 1945 to 1953 and was hailed  as one of the club’s greatest players.   

During his time with his former club, Mr Farrer won eight amateur international caps. Tom played for numerous NL clubs in the south of England, and also represented Great Britain at the Summer Olympics in 1956.

Tom was a southerner who was based at Barnard Castle serving in the Armed Forces during World War 2, he married a local girl Gladys and lived in Princess Street in the town where his daughter was born.

Everyone at Bishop Auckland FC would like to extend their condolences to Tom’s family.

The club will hold a minute’s silence at the next home game versus Heaton Stannington on Wednesday 22nd November.

RIP Tom Farrer

5 Responses to RIP Tommy Farrer

  • I have just read the nice words that you have written in tribute to my Dad. It’s nice to know that people remember him fondly from so long ago and are prepared to pay him the honour of a minutes’ silence. Bishop Auckland was always where his heart was. I shall be thinking of you tonight and hope that you win. I am Anita, the southener, it was my younger sister that was born up there. A proper Geordie !! Thank you again. Anita x

  • Anita, I am sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing … for the second time!! (you must know the story?) I am an Olympic historian and statistician and would be gratefiul if you could advise me the date and place of Dad’s passing. Thank you in advance, particularly at this sad time.

  • Hello Anita, unfortunately our game on Wednesday night was postponed an hour before kick off as we had heavy rain all day. We will be holding a minutes silence in honour of your dad at the next game. If you email me your address ( I will send you the match programme for you to keep. One of our Directors, Terry Jackson, is hoping to represent the Club at your Dad’s funeral. Regards, Nick

  • Hello Ian..thank you for your message. Dad died on Thursday 16th December 2017 at 12.50am. He had been at The Heart of Kent Hospice for a week and just wouldn’t give up!! He was a special man and I appreciate your interest. Anita

  • Thank you very much indeed for taking time out to reply, particularly at this tough time. I presume you meant that Dad died on 16 November and not December.

    I started watching football in 1957 and, whilst I never saw the great 50s Bishop Auckland team play, have vivid memories of reading about them and their stars of that era. Despite being amateius, many of their players were better known than some of the professionals of the day.


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