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.
A proud Brandywell man who crossed the street to play for and captain his club. A Devastating loss.— Caolán (@caolan_cfc) 19 March 2017
He is our eternal captain. pic.twitter.com/8SeqHoXHK8
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."
Our deepest sympathies to all @derrycityfc on the sudden passing of Ryan McBride. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP— Cork City FC (@CorkCityFC) 19 de marzo de 2017