Wednesday 23 October 2019

Former Brighton and Ireland under-21 defender Paul McCarthy has died suddenly aged 45

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Former Ireland youth international defender Paul McCarthy has died at the age of 45.

The Cork native was a team mate of Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane at Rockmount and joined Brighton as a trainee in 1989.

He made over 200 appearances for the Seagulls before joining Wycombe in 1996.

McCarthy spent seven years at Adams Park, and was a member of the team that reached the FA Cup semi-finals in 2001, scoring in the quarter-final against Leicester.

McCarthy later went on to play for Oxford and Ebbsfleet United, where he lifted the 2008 FA Trophy.

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