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AN English amateur football team mourning the death of one of its greatest players discovered an important error in the tributes paid by his 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 only came to light when an official of the club, which had also held a solemn minute's 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 that he would be back soon if the official wanted to talk to him. Farrer, a former England amateur who played in three Wembley finals, later told the Northern Echo newspaper: "We are not upset, but we did think it was a bit of a joke at first." Farrer said he now wants to play down the mistake, saying it was time to "let it die."


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