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Derry City's Ryan McBride dies after League of Ireland game

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Derry City's Ryan McBride dies after League of Ireland game

Derry City's Ryan McBride dies after League of Ireland game

The 27-year-old Derry-born centre-half played for his team just hours before passing away at his home near the Brandywell.

Derry City Football Club are in mourning today after Ryan McBride, captain of the side, died at home just hours after his side's victory 4-0 win over Drogheda United on Saturday. The reasons for the 27-year-old's passing are still unknown.

The Derry native played every minute of the side's most recent win and had played in all four of Derry's game this season in the Premier Division, scoring two goals as Derry sit second in the league behind Cork City.

Crowds of supporters gathered outside the centre-back's home close to the team's stadium, the Brandywell, for the player who had been a part of his home-town team since 2011.

The President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, who is himself a massive League of Ireland fan was among the first to express his condolences, "Along with all those who support Irish football, I express my sadness and condolences to the family of Derry City FC Captain Ryan McBride."

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