Ir­ish foot­baller McBride dies aged 27

New Straits Times - - Sport -

DUBLIN: The FA of Ire­land paid tribute to Derry City cap­tain Ryan McBride on Mon­day af­ter he died sud­denly at the age of 27.

McBride, a close friend of Repub­lic of Ire­land winger James McClean, is re­ported to have died at home on Sun­day. A cause of death has not been re­vealed.

“Ir­ish foot­ball is in mourn­ing with the loss of a true great of the game, with the shock­ing news about Ryan McBride’s pass­ing,” FAI chief ex­ec­u­tive John De­laney said in a state­ment.

“I would like to pass on my deep­est con­do­lences to Ryan’s fam­ily, friends, and his club, Derry City FC, for which he was their leader, their cap­tain and their in­spi­ra­tion.”

Trib­utes will be paid to McBride prior to Ire­land’s World Cup qual­i­fier against Wales in Dublin on Fri­day.

Derry’s league games against Lim­er­ick and Gal­way have been post­poned, as well as all of yes­ter­day’s matches in the first round of the League of Ire­land Cup.

McBride made his de­but for home-town team Derry in 2011 and made over 100 league ap­pear­ances for the club.

Ire­land man­ager Martin O’Neill, speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence, said it was a “tragic event.”

“I didn’t know Ryan per­son­ally,” he said. “James McClean was a close friend of his and is dev­as­tated.”

A state­ment on Derry’s of­fi­cial Face­book page read: “Derry City Foot­ball Club is deeply sad­dened by the un­timely death of our cap­tain, Ryan McBride.

“Our prayers and thoughts are with his fa­ther, Lexie, his sis­ters Colleen, Siuinin and Cait­lain, and his part­ner Mairead, who are heart­bro­ken at his loss.

“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.” AFP

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