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Marshall Forced Into Early Retirement

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A key figure in Farsley Celtic promotion-winning team last season, Richard Marshall, has received the news that his playing days with the Evo-Stik League Premier club are over due to injury.

At the age of only 31, he will no longer don a Farsley Celtic shirt due to a long-standing hip injury.

Marshall, or ‘Scooby’ as he is known, made fifty-seven appearances for the club in the 2016/17 promotion winning campaign, weighing in with an impressive 20 goals in the process.

His contribution to the squad cannot be under estimated as we went on to achieve promotion to the Evo-Stik Premier.

He will be fondly remembered by the Farsley faithful for his equaliser in the play-off final against Ossett Town as well as his leveller from the penalty spot in the West Riding County FA Cup final – both which ended in victory.

In a 2016/17 season full of goals from midfield, he also scored a memorable hat-trick in the fantastic 7-0 victory over Ramsbottom United in March and a goal in a 4-0 away win at Tamworth in the Buildbase FA Trophy replay – a game that will live long in the memory of the supporters present.

Marshall has worked hard to get back to fitness with club physio Gaz Liversedge, who explained the news to the club`s official Pitchero website: It’s really unfortunate news regarding Scooby. An MRI scan has shown advanced arthritis in his hip and some issue with the bone so the Orthopedic consultant has confirmed he must retire.

“There is no surgical solution at this stage for him. It’s is terrible news for someone so young to give up a sport he loves and had a lot more to give. From only seven months ago scoring the equaliser in the play-off final to having to retire. It shows you that you firstly should appreciate and love your chosen sport you do, as it can be taken away in an instant.

“I have great sympathy with Scooby, as I had to retire from full-time football many years ago now but can clearly remember the day I was advised to give up. If I can help him in any way my door is always open. He will always be made welcome at Farsley whilst I continue as the club`s physiotherapist’

Manager Adam Lakeland commented: “Scooby has had an excellent career in non-League football and played a key part in last season`s promotion-winning team scoring many goals from midfield. Having only had the pleasure of knowing and working with him since I joined the club in May, it was clear to see how popular a figure he was. His appetite, enthusiasm and general love for football was evident from when I first met with him and he is a loss to our group and Club overall,

“On behalf of everyone at Farsley Celtic I would like to wish him all the best for the future, thank him for his service and welcome him to Throstle Nest at any time”.

Robert Winterbottom


About Author

Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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