Former England international Paul Mariner died after a battle with brain cancer at the age of 68. He scored 139 goals for Ipswich in 339 appearances for the club. Mariner won the fa cup with Ipswich in 1978 as well as the UEFA cup in 1981. He won 35 caps for the country during which he scored 13 goals. He was part of the side that took part in the 1980 Euros as well as the 1982 World Cup in Italy and Spain respectively.
“We would like to thanks all the people who came to see him through his illness for their support and for the messages that were sent to him, they meant a great deal to him and us,” the family of former England international Paul Mariner said in a statement. “A special thank you must go to the NHS and the unbelievable care he received when he most needed it and for that, we, as a family, will forever be in your debt.”
“Paul lived a full life and was fortunate enough to represent a group of fantastic football clubs as well as his country, all of which meant the world to him.” the statement added. “Anyone who knew Paul will attest to his fantastic sense of humor, his passion for life, and for his work. He will be sorely missed by everyone who was ever around him and by those closest to him.”
Ipswich football club and the FA also paid tribute to Paul Mariner.
“We are devastated to hear the news of the passing of Town legend Paul Mariner at the age of 68,” Ipswich said on Twitter. “The thoughts of everyone at #itfc are with Paul’s family and friends at this sad time. Thank you, Paul.”
“We’re sad to have learned that Paul Mariner, who made 35 appearances for the #ThreeLions, has passed away at the age of 68.” an FA statement read. “Mariner represented England between 1977 and 1985, scoring 13 goals. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family, friends, and former clubs.”