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Ipswich Town fans leave tributes for club legend Paul Mariner, who has died aged 68




Fans have left tributes to Ipswich Town legend Paul Mariner outside the stadium which saw him rise to the top of English football.

Flowers, football shirts, and scarves dedicated to the centre forward were left at Sir Bobby Robson's statue in Portman Road along with messages for the former squad member.

Mariner died aged 68 after a brief battle with brain cancer on Friday, it was announced last week.

Tributes left for Ipswich Town centre forward Paul Mariner at Sir Bobby Robson's statue in Portman Road after his death
Tributes left for Ipswich Town centre forward Paul Mariner at Sir Bobby Robson's statue in Portman Road after his death

One Town fan described him as a 'wonderful player' and said he would be sadly missed.

Mariner joined The Tractor Boys in 1976 and was part of Sir Bobby FA Cup winning team in 1978 and lifted the UEFA Cup in 1981. The former Suffolk star made 260 appearance for the club and scored 96 goals.

He also made appearances for England, scoring 13 goals in 35 appearances for the national side.

Paul Mariner, former Ipswich Town player has died aged 69. Picture: Ipswich Town
Paul Mariner, former Ipswich Town player has died aged 69. Picture: Ipswich Town

Mariner went on to play for Arsenal, after leaving The Blues in 1984, as well as Portsmouth, Wollongong City, and Albany Capitals, and later became a manager.

Announcing his death, his family thanked the National Health Service for the care he received during his brief battle with brain cancer.

"We would like to thank 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 Mariner family said in a statement.

'What a wonderful player ... you will be missed': Fans left messages at Portman Road dedicated to Ipswich Town legend Paul Mariner
'What a wonderful player ... you will be missed': Fans left messages at Portman Road dedicated to Ipswich Town legend Paul Mariner

"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 humour, his passion for life and for his work.

"He will be sorely missed by everyone who was around him and by those most close to him."

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