Soccer club mistakenly mourns 'death' of ex-player

LONDON (AP) - An English amateur soccer team mourning the death
of one of its greatest players discovered an important error in the
tributes by the club and local press to the 86-year-old man - he's
still alive.
Tommy Farrer had the rare distinction of reading his own
obituary as a former "legend" with northern amateur side Bishop
Auckland FC.
The mistake came to light when an official of the club, which
held a solemn minute of silence before a match last week, called
Farrer's wife to offer condolences.
A surprised Gladys Farrer said her husband had indeed departed -
but only for a few minutes to buy a newspaper and would be back
soon if the official wanted to talk to him.
Farrer, a former England amateur who played in three Wembley
finals, said in Friday editions of the Northern Echo: "We are not
upset, but we did think it was a bit of a joke at first."
Farrer said he wants to play down the mistake, saying it was
time to "let it die."

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