Former England and Ipswich striker Paul Mariner has died at the age of 68
after a short battle with brain cancer. Mariner scored 139 goals in 339 games for
Ipswich and was a member of their FA Cup-winning side of 1978 and the team that
won the UEFA Cup in 1981.
Paul Mariner began his league career at Plymouth Argyle and also played for Arsenal
He made his England debut in 1977 and played for his country at the 1982 World Cup.
He made 35 appearances for England, scoring 13 goals.
His family says he died after battling brain cancer.
“We regretfully inform you that Paul passed away peacefully on 9 July surrounded
by his family, after a brief battle with brain cancer,” said a statement from Mariner’s
family.”We would like to thank all the people who came to see him through his
illness for their support and the messages that were sent to him; they meant a great
deal to him and us.
“A special thank you must go to the NHS and the unbelievable care that he received
when he most needed it and for that, we, as a family, will be forever 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.
“Anyone who knew Paul will attest to his fantastic sense of humor, his passion for
life, and his work. He will be sorely missed by everyone who was ever around him and
by those closest to him.”