20/03/2017

Captain Of Derry City FC Dies Suddenly

The captain of Derry City Football Club has died suddenly.

Ryan McBride died on Sunday, 19 March, and the cause of his death is not yet known.

He led his team in a 4-0 victory over Drogheda United on Saturday, 18 March.

The Irish Football Association tweeted: "Thoughts tonight with the family of Ryan McBride and everyone involved with Derry City FC."

Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney said: "There is widespread shock across the city and beyond following the sudden death of Derry City FC captain, Ryan McBride.

"Ryan was an excellent player, a great leader on and off the field and an inspiration to many.
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"I send my condolences and those of the party to the McBride family and everyone who knew Ryan.

"I have no doubt the community across the city will rally round to support them at this sad and difficult time."

SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan said: "All thoughts are with Ryan McBride's family, his Derry City teammates, club officials and all his friends who have lost someone so special.

"There is deep shock and sadness at the loss of a young man who brought so much happiness to others through his skills and dedication.

"I extend my sincere condolences to Ryan's family, colleagues and friends – and hope they can take some comfort from the breadth and depth of sympathy which has been so widely expressed following his very sad death."

(CD/JP)

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