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“Ferociously brave” Derry City captain mourned after shocking death

Ryan McBride


Irish football was stunned Sunday by the death of 27-year-old Derry City captain Ryan McBride, hours after he captained Northern Irish side Derry City to a 4-0 win over rivals Drogheda United.

McBride was a former non-league player whose family lived next to Derry City’s ground, and scored twice in his last four matches to give him 10 in 136 appearances.

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The cause of his death is unknown. Reports say he was feeling unwell after the match. It comes one year after Derry’s all-time leading scorer Mark Farren succumbed to a brain tumor.

Ex-manager Stephen Kenny described McBride as a “ferociously brave player”, and the Republic of Ireland’s president is among many big names to lament his death on social media.

But before that, let’s reflect on the time he upended two players with one slide tackle:

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