Former Brighton and Ireland under-21 defender Paul McCarthy has died suddenly aged 45
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.
Sad news about passing of former Brighton and Wycombe defender Paul McCarthy at 45. Rockmount teammate of Roy Keane (pictured to RK's left) pic.twitter.com/J13fsul009— Kieran Cunningham (@KCsixtyseven) February 20, 2017
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.
We are deeply saddened to hear that Paul McCarthy - a hero of our 2000/01 FA Cup run - has died at the age of only 45. https://t.co/kQLWXqoI6r— Wycombe Wanderers (@wwfcofficial) February 20, 2017
Absolutely gutted to hear the news about Paul McCarthy probably the best centre back and captain i ever played with and a top bloke #rip— jay saunders (@jaysaunders8) February 20, 2017
McCarthy later went on to play for Oxford and Ebbsfleet United, where he lifted the 2008 FA Trophy.
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