Irish footballer dead at 27

2017-03-20 17:26

Dublin - The Football Association 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 Tuesday'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."

Read more on:    soccer


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

After Stuart Baxter stepped down as Bafana Bafana head coach, who would you like to see take over?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.