Shock as Derry City captain Ryan McBride found dead at home
The Irish football community is in shock following the sudden death of Derry City FC captain Ryan McBride at the age of 27.
McBride, who joined his hometown side in 2011 and starred for the club alongside current Republic of Ireland star James McClean, had played in all four games for the Candystripes this season - most recently Saturday's 4-0 win over Drogheda United.
We are shocked to hear this evening the passing of our member and @derrycityfc Captain Ryan McBride. Our thoughts are with his family.— PFA Ireland (@PFAIOfficial) March 19, 2017
McBride scored the winner for Derry in their recent win away to Shamrock Rovers and he was also on target for the Candystripes in their 3-1 win over champions Dundalk last week.
It was reported locally that he was found dead at his home in Derry on Sunday. The cause of death is unknown.
According to independent.ie, his former manager at Derry, current Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny, and former teammate McClean were at RTE headquarters in Dublin attending the FAI International awards when news came through.
It’s reported McClean will be excused from training with the senior Ireland team this week to attend the funeral.
Tributes to the player flooded in on social media on Sunday night.
The League of Ireland players' union expressed their shock at the sudden death of one of their members, while the Irish Football Association said their thoughts were with the family of Ryan McBride and everyone involved with Derry City.
Derry were due to play at home to Limerick in a rearranged game on Tuesday night.
This is the latest tragedy to strike the club.
In February last year, Derry City legend Mark Farren died at the age of 33 after battling with a brain tumour.
A year ago, Derry player Josh Daniels lost his mother, sister, brother in law and nephews in the Buncrana pier tragedy.