Monument of the Ipswich Town club, also passed by Arsenal or Portsmouth, the English international Paul Mariner died at 68, “after a brief fight against brain cancer”. His family announced it this Saturday morning, in a statement.
“Paul lived a full life and had the privilege of wearing the jersey of fantastic clubs, as well as representing his country, which meant everything to him,” his family wrote in this statement, published on the Twitter account of the former player.
Decisive against the French
After making his professional debut at Plymouth Argyle (1973-1976), this 1.83m center forward was most notable at Ipswich Town (1976-1984), where he scored 135 goals in 339 games. It was during this period that he shone against a French club, Saint-Etienne. After eliminating the Greens in the quarter-finals of the 1981 UEFA Cup, with three goals in two games, Mariner won the title with one goal in the final against AZ Alkmaar.
A year later, the native of Farnworth scored a goal against the Blues at the 1982 World Cup (the third goal of the English 3-1 victory in the group stage). Gérard Soler had scored the only French goal.
Then passed through Arsenal (1984-1986), Portsmouth (1986-1988), then clubs in Australia, Malta and the United States between 1988 and 1993, Mariner also has a great career with the Three Lions, with 13 goals in 35 caps. On his record, two trophies: the 1981 UEFA Cup and the 1978 England Cup with Ipswich.
Paul Mariner then coached, from 1989 to 2009 in the United States, at Plymouth Argyle in 2009-2010, then at Toronto FC from 2010 to 2013.