Tragic news of the sudden death of Derry City captain Ryan McBride broke last night, sending Irish football fans into mourning.
The 27 year old was found dead in his bed yesterday evening according to the Derry Journal, hours after leading the Candy Stripes to victory over Drogheda United.
Derry are currently second in the table after four wins from their opening four matches in the SSE Airtricity League, and McBride – who was handed the Candy Stripes’ armband in 2015 – found the back of the net in the wins over Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers.
The centre half lived in Bluebell Hill Gardens, near the stadium, and shocked Derry fans gathered outside his house to pay their respects last night.
The Irish defender made his league debut for theclub in a 1-1 home draw with Bray Wanderers on 20 May 2011, and played alongside James McClean at the Brandywell. McClean, who is on international duty for Ireland’s World Cup qualifier against Wales next week, will be given special dispensation to leave the team’s training base to attend the funeral this week.
McBride made 170 appearances for Derry in total, scoring 12 goals for his hometown club. The no nonsense centre back won the League of Ireland Cup with the club in 2011, and the FAI Cup a year later.
“We are shocked to hear this evening the passing of our member Derry City captain Ryan McBride. Our thoughts are with his family,” PFA Ireland announced.
The Candy Stripes were due to face Limerick in the league tonight, but the game has now been postponed.
It is another tragic loss for the club, who also lost striker Mark Farren, 33, to a brain tumour last year.