League Of Ireland: Derry City In Shock After Sudden Death Of 27-Year-Old Club Captain Ryan McBride

Chris Wright

20th, March 2017

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Derry City are a club in shock this morning after their captain Ryan McBride passed away suddenly on Sunday at the heart-breakingly young age of just 27.

The League of Ireland Premier Division side said they were “devastated” to confirm that McBride died the day after leading his team to a 4-0 win over Drogheda United.

The reason for his death is still unclear, though it’s being reported that he was found unresponsive at home.

McBride was a properly tough centre-half, an inspirational leader and, by all accounts, one of the most decent, down-to-earth blokes you could ever hope to meet.

Indeed, the defender only signed his first professional contract at the age of 22 having slogged his way up through the amateur leagues.

Here’s his magnum opus: a Herculean double slide tackle against Cork City a couple of years ago…

McBride was also part of one of Pies’ very favourite footballing tableaux – Derry City’s outstanding team photo of 2014

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May he rest in peace.

Ryan McBride, 1989-2017

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