Tuesday 23 January 2018

Irish fans to honour the late Ryan McBride with applause during fifth minute of Wales clash

Ryan McBride
Ryan McBride

Jack O'Toole

Ireland fans are planning to commemorate the life of Ryan McBride by leading a one minute round of applause in the fifth minute of Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Wales at the Aviva Stadium.

The Derry City football captain died suddenly at his Bogside home on Sunday night with his funeral set to take place in Long Tower, Derry tomorrow, however, Irish fans will pay their respects the following evening by leading a round of applause in the fifth minute to honour the 28-year-old’s life and his squad number at Derry City.

McBride’s former teammate James McClean will also pay his respects by wearing the number 5 jersey against Wales, with centre-back Richard Keogh agreeing to let McClean wear the number 5 shirt after the Derry native made a personal request to the Derby County defender.

A YBIG spokesperson told Independent.ie that Welsh supporter groups have agreed to join in on the round of applause after being informed of McBride’s death.

A minute's applause will also be held prior to Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifier with Norway in Belfast this weekend as a tribute to Derry City skipper Ryan McBride.

The 27-year-old, who made more than 100 league appearances for his hometown club after making his debut in 2011, died on Sunday at his home having captained his club to a 4-0 victory over Drogheda United the day before.

Northern Ireland full-back Daniel Lafferty, called into the squad this week, was a club colleague of McBride while international boss Michael O'Neill was in charge of one of Derry's League of Ireland rivals Shamrock Rovers when he made his senior bow.

The Irish Football Association will commemorate McBride's death with a minute's applause prior to Sunday night's contest against Norway.

"It was shocking when I heard the news on Sunday night," O'Neill said.

"It was hard to believe and I believe it will be nice to remember Ryan with the gesture of a minute's applause before Sunday's game.

"I was still managing (Shamrock Rovers) in the League of Ireland when Ryan made his debut and you could see straight away he was a hometown boy playing for his hometown club.

"Derry have had a lot to deal with in the last few years and this is another big blow to the club. We all felt it here, particularly the likes of Daniel Lafferty, who played with Ryan at Derry."

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