A key figure in last season’s promoted Farsley Celtic team, midfielder Richard Marshall has had to retire at 31 due to a long-standing hip injury.

‘Scooby’ made 57 appearances for the club in the 2016/17 campaign as they won promotion to the Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division, weighing in with an impressive 20 goals in the process. He will be fondly remembered by the Farsley faithful for his equaliser in the play-off final against Ossett Town, as well as his leveller from the penalty spot in the WRCFA Cup final, both of which ended in victory.

Marshall has worked hard to get back to fitness with club physio Gaz Liversedge, who explained the news: “It’s really unfortunate news regarding Scooby. An MRI scan has shown advanced arthritis in his hip and some issue with the bone so the orthopedic consultant has confirmed he must retire.

“There is no surgical solution at this stage for him. It’s terrible news for someone so young to give up a sport he loves and had a lot more to give to.

“From only seven months ago scoring the equaliser in the play-off final to having to retire, it shows you that you firstly should appreciate and love your chosen sport you do, as it can be taken away in a instant.”

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