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Derry City want Brandywell renamed after late skipper Ryan McBride

Ryan McBride

Proposals to rename the Brandywell Stadium in memory of tragic Derry City captain Ryan McBride have been endorsed by the club's chairman.

The 27-year-old's death last March shocked the sporting world.

In the months since, the Ryan McBride Foundation - set up by his family to create a lasting legacy - suggested the idea of renaming the club's redeveloped stadium after him.

Candystripes chairman Philip O'Doherty said that after meeting the McBride family he supported their request.

Mr O'Doherty said he would like the new stadium named in honour of Mr McBride, adding: "I am definitely supporting calling the stadium the Ryan McBride Stadium."

The Ryan McBride Foundation proposal was taken to Derry and Strabane District Council - owner of the Brandywell - by Sinn Fein's Patricia Logue last October.

The council had asked for further consultation.

The stadium has undergone phase one of a multi-million pound renovation which will see Derry City back on home turf for the first time in over a year. The club had been playing its League of Ireland games in Buncrana.

Ryan played 177 games for Derry City, wearing the armband 57 times.

Belfast Telegraph