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Arsenal donating to auction for Derry City captain Ryan McBride

The late Derry City FC captain Ryan McBride passed away at the age of only 27.
The late Derry City FC captain Ryan McBride passed away at the age of only 27.
Ryan McBride
Claire Williamson

By Claire Williamson

An auction is set to take place to raise money for the family of the late Derry City Captain Ryan McBride following his sudden death.

The 27-year-old defender passed away at his Brandywell home last Sunday, hours after leading his hometown club to a 4-0 win over Drogheda United.

President of Ireland Michael D Higgins was among hundreds who attended the funeral.

The McBride family home is beside the ground where Ryan, whose nickname was 'Captain Fantastic', was a hero to supporters.

Ryan's team-mates formed a guard of honour for their skipper as he was carried into the church for Requiem Mass.

Tributes have been paid to the football hero. Northern Ireland football team held a minute's applause ahead of their Norway World Cup qualifier on Sunday night.

Meanwhile Republic of Ireland footballer James McClean wore Ryan's number five during Friday night's World Cup qualifier with Wales.

James McClean said he will donate the shirt he wore to the tragic Derry City star's grieving family.

An auction has been set up for next week in a bid to raise money for his family.

Arsenal is among three Premier League sides who have sent memorabilia to the auction.

The Funeral of Derry City Player Ryan McBride takes place at St Columba's Church in Derry on Thursday. The 27-year-old footballer was found dead at home on Sunday, a day after he led his side in a 4-0 League of Ireland win over Drogheda United.
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
The Funeral of Derry City Player Ryan McBride takes place at St Columba's Church in Derry on Thursday. The 27-year-old footballer was found dead at home on Sunday, a day after he led his side in a 4-0 League of Ireland win over Drogheda United. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Funeral of Derry City Football Club captain Ryan McBride at St Columba's Church in the city. The 27-year-old died suddenly at his home on Sunday evening. His coffin is carried from the church after Requiem Mass. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com
Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - The funeral of Derry City Football Club captain Ryan McBride Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
The funeral of Derry City Football Club captain Ryan McBride. Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland (centre) at the funeral of Derry City football captain Ryan McBride at the Long Tower church in Londonderry, who was found dead at home on Sunday night aged 27. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland (centre left) at the funeral of Derry City football captain Ryan McBride at the Long Tower church in Londonderry, who was found dead at home on Sunday night aged 27. Niall Carson/PA Wire
The funeral of Derry City Football Club captain Ryan McBride Photo: Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
Northern Ireland - The funeral of Derry City Football Club captain Ryan McBride Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
Pacemaker Press 23/3/2017 The Funeral of Derry City Player Ryan McBride takes place at St Columba's Church in Derry on Thursday. The 27-year-old footballer was found dead at home on Sunday, a day after he led his side in a 4-0 League of Ireland win over Drogheda United. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
The funeral of Derry City Football Club captain Ryan McBride Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
Northern Ireland - The funeral of Derry City Football Club captain Ryan McBride Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
Pacemaker press 23/03/17 The funeral of Ryan McBride has taken place at St Columba's Church in Derry tributes have been paid to Derry City captain Ryan McBride, who died suddenly aged 27. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 23/3/2017 The Funeral of Derry City Player Ryan McBride takes place at St Columba's Church in Derry on Thursday. The 27-year-old footballer was found dead at home on Sunday, a day after he led his side in a 4-0 League of Ireland win over Drogheda United. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
The funeral of Derry City Football Club captain Ryan McBride Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
Mourners at the funeral of Derry City football captain Ryan McBride travels to the Long Tower church in Londonderry, he was found dead at home on Sunday night aged 27. Niall Carson/PA Wire
The funeral of Derry City Football Club captain Ryan McBride Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
The Funeral of Derry City Player Ryan McBride takes place at St Columba's Church in Derry on Thursday. The 27-year-old footballer was found dead at home on Sunday, a day after he led his side in a 4-0 League of Ireland win over Drogheda United. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 23/3/2017 The Funeral of Derry City Player Ryan McBride takes place at St Columba's Church in Derry on Thursday. The 27-year-old footballer was found dead at home on Sunday, a day after he led his side in a 4-0 League of Ireland win over Drogheda United. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 23/3/2017 The Funeral of Derry City Player Ryan McBride takes place at St Columba's Church in Derry on Thursday. The 27-year-old footballer was found dead at home on Sunday, a day after he led his side in a 4-0 League of Ireland win over Drogheda United. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
The funeral cortege of Derry City football captain Ryan McBride arrives at the Long Tower church in Londonderry, he was found dead at home on Sunday night aged 27. Niall Carson/PA Wire
The funeral cortege of Derry City football captain Ryan McBride travels to the Long Tower church in Londonderry, he was found dead at home on Sunday night aged 27. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Pacemaker press 23/03/17 The funeral of Ryan McBride has taken place at St Columba's Church in Derry tributes have been paid to Derry City captain Ryan McBride, who died suddenly aged 27.Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker
Pacemaker press 23/03/17 The funeral of Ryan McBride has taken place at St Columba's Church in Derry tributes have been paid to Derry City captain Ryan McBride, who died suddenly aged 27. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker
The funeral cortege of Derry City football captain Ryan McBride arrives at the Long Tower church in Londonderry, he was found dead at home on Sunday night aged 27. Niall Carson/PA Wire
The coffin of Derry City football captain Ryan McBride is carried into the Long Tower church in Londonderry, he was found dead at home on Sunday night aged 27. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Mourners at the funeral of Derry City football captain Ryan McBride travels to the Long Tower church in Londonderry, he was found dead at home on Sunday night aged 27. Niall Carson/PA Wire
The funeral cortege of Derry City football captain Ryan McBride travels to the Long Tower church in Londonderry, he was found dead at home on Sunday night aged 27. Niall Carson/PA Wire
The funeral of Ryan McBride has taken place at St Columba's Church in Derry tributes have been paid to Derry City captain Ryan McBride, who died suddenly aged 27. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker
The coffin of Ryan McBride is carried aloft in Londonderry last night
Ryan McBride's coffin was carried to his home on Wednesday
Tributes to Derry City footballer Ryan McBride at the Brandywell Stadium
The funeral cortege of Derry City football captain Ryan McBride travels to the Long Tower church in Londonderry
Ryan McBride
Derry City and Strabane District Council building lit up in red, in memory of Ryan McBride and the victims of the Buncrana pier tragedy
Shocked players attend the Derry City FC Press conference following the sudden death of their club captain Ryan McBride
Shocked players attend the Derry City FC Press conference following the sudden death of their club captain Ryan McBride
A mural in Brandywell of Ryan McBride (right)

They sent a football signed by their first team players.

Other donations have included an England shirt signed by Joe Hart and a golf hat signed by a number of Liverpool legends including Robbie Fowler, John Aldridge and Luis Garcia.

West Brom, Burnley, Preston, Bristol City, Burnley and the Republic of Ireland have also pledged to donate jerseys to the auction.

A minute's applause for Derry's Ryan McBride before the World Cup qualifier at Windsor park in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
A minute's applause for Derry's Ryan McBride before the World Cup qualifier at Windsor park in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Follow updates and more information about the auction here at Auction for Ryan

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