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Farewell to PNE ‘superfan’ Mick Murphy

The funeral of Preston North End 'super fan' Mick Murphy at St Wilfrid's Church in Preston.

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Scott Wiseman,David Buchanan,Keith Keane, John Welsh,Tom Clarke

The funeral of Preston North End 'super fan' Mick Murphy at St Wilfrid's Church in Preston. (L to R) Scott Wiseman,David Buchanan,Keith Keane, John Welsh,Tom Clarke

 

Preston supporters and players have paid their final respects to North End ‘superfan’ Mick Murphy.

The 54-year-old died earlier this month after a courageous battle against cancer.

Hundreds of mourners filled St Wilfrid’s Church in Preston city centre Thursday afternoon for a requiem mass.

All the PNE first-team squad were in attendance, as was manager Simon Grayson, coaching staff and directors.

Former North End defender Sean St Ledger and ex-coach David Unsworth were among the congregation.

A moving letter, written by Mick shortly before his death, was read at the service.

In it, he spoke of his love for his wife Deborah and son Matthew, thanking friends for their support and the care given to him when he was ill.

Mick also thanked the staff and directors at North End for their kindness and hospitality during his illness.

The letter urged people to live their life to the full – just as he had done.

He wrote: “Being rich is not about fancy cars and houses, being rich is having plenty of friends in your hour of need.

“In my case, I was a millionaire in that respect. I have no regrets about anything. I have worked all my life, been on holidays around the world and done everything I wanted to.

“To people who say ‘I will do that when I retire’, I would urge them to do it now.”

The mass was followed by a service at Preston Crematorium, with family and friends gathering in the Invincibles Lounge at Deepdale to celebrate Mick’s life.

Mick, who lived in Ashton, was a lifelong PNE fan and a keen autograph hunter.

A few days before his death, he made the long trip to Ipswich to see North End play.

At the replay, fans observed a minute’s applause in Mick’s honour.

 

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