Sad Day For Football As Derry City Captain, 27, Found Dead In His House On Monday
Football in Ireland took a deep hit today after Derry City lost its 27-year old captain in unfortunate circumstances.
Ryan McBride the star of the Derry City football club was found dead at his home in Derry on Sunday evening and the cause of his death is still unknown.
The 27-year old passed away after helping his side a victory over Drogheda United, the club’s fourth straight league win this season.
Not long ago, he scored the winner against scored Shamrock Rovers in emphatic fashion and he was highly regarded as one of the most talented players in the league for some time now.
McBride made over 100 league appearances for Derry. He made his debut in 2011 and was part of the team who won the FAI Cup a year later.
And as a mark of respect for the player, all first round EA Sports Cup games due to be played on Tuesday have been postponed.
In a statement, the club said: “Our prayers and thoughts are with his family.
“Our supporters are shocked and saddened. To them, Ryan was Derry City through and through. The commitment and passion he brought onto the field is the bond that binds player and supporter.
“In the hearts and minds of all of us and long into the future Ryan McBride will be remembered as one of the greats of Derry City Football Club.”
Michael D Higgins, the president of Ireland, said: “Along with all those who support Irish football, I express my sadness and condolences to the family of @derrycityfc captain Ryan McBride,” the president of the Republic of Ireland tweeted.
"Along with all those who support Irish football, I express my sadness and condolences to the family of @derrycityfc Captain Ryan McBride."
— President of Ireland (@PresidentIRL) March 20, 2017
former Manchester United and Ireland defender Paul McGrath tweeted: “My thoughts are with the family, friends & club mates of Derry City captain Ryan McBride who has passed away. RIP.”
My thoughts are with the family, friends & club mates of Derry City Captain Ryan McBride who has sadly passed away . RIP
— Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5) March 19, 2017
Teams from the Republic and Northern Ireland also expressed their condolences.
One of McBride’s friends and a former team-mate, the Ireland and West Bromwich Albion winger James McClean, wrote on Instagram. “We lost someone I had the privilege to play alongside but also got on well with off the field. A warrior who would throw his body on the line when he pulled on that Derry City jersey, a club that meant so much to him, but more importantly a big gentleman off the field.”
The Ireland FA will pay a tribute to the 27-year old before the Republic’s World Cup qualifier against Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Friday.
John Delaney, the FAI’s chief executive, said Irish football was “in mourning with the loss of a true giant of the game”.
It will remain as a sad day for the world of football who lost one of its most talented students abruptly.
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