Derry mourning passing of captain Ryan McBride

Irish football is mourning the death of Derry City captain Ryan McBride, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 27.

Derry captain Ryan McBride has passed away at the age of 27
Derry captain Ryan McBride has passed away at the age of 27 ©Sportsfile

Derry City captain Ryan McBride has died at the age of 27.

The defender passed away suddenly on Sunday, a day after leading his team to a 4-0 victory against Drogheda United in the Irish Premier Division.

McBride, who made his debut for his home-town club in 2011, had scored in two of Derry's previous three league matches.

"Irish football is in mourning with the loss of a true great of the game,” said Football Association of Ireland (FAI) CEO John Delaney, who extended his sympathy to Derry City. “He was their leader, their captain and their inspiration,” he said.

“We will remember Ryan with a tribute at Friday night's FIFA World Cup qualifier against Wales," Delaney added. 

The Irish Football Association (IFA) and President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins have also offered their condolences.

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