Saturday 29 April 2017

Shock as Derry City captain dies aged 27

Ryan McBride, captain of Derry City, who died suddenly. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Ryan McBride, captain of Derry City, who died suddenly. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

The Irish football community was in shock last night after the sudden death of Ryan McBride.

McBride (27) was the captain of Derry City and one of the most highly regarded central defenders in the League of Ireland.

He was a part of the Derry team that defeated Drogheda United on Saturday at their temporary base in Buncrana.

It is understood that he passed away in his home after going for a lie-down because he was feeling unwell, and was later found by a family member.

McBride was an extremely popular member of the Derry side having spent his entire senior career with his hometown club and he was part of the side that won the FAI Cup in 2012.

Last Monday, Derry City boss Kenny Shiels praised McBride for playing through a flu bug to help them to a win over Dundalk, with McBride scoring a late goal.

Derry City's Premier Division game with Limerick - which was scheduled for tomorrow - will be called off as a mark of respect.

Tributes poured in when the news broke during last night's FAI International Awards. Cork City midfielder Steven Beattie said: "Can't believe the news coming out of Derry. My thoughts are with the family and friends of Ryan McBride."

Irish Independent

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