Tributes are continuing to be paid this morning to Derry City captain Ryan McBride who passed away suddenly last night.
The 27-year-old was found dead at his Brandywell home.
There are no further details yet about the cause of his death.
His death has stunned has not only the club’s fans, but the wider city and the Irish sporting world.
Just hours before his death, Ryan had played a key role in helping his team to a 4-0 victory over Drogheda at Maginn Park.
That win maintained Derry’s 100% start to the new season, with four wins out of four.
Ryan, who had played for his home town club for six years and had been the club captain since 2015, scored vital goals against Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk during that run.
Derry City chairman Philip O’Doherty described his death as an ‘unbelievable tragedy’.
Mr O’Doherty said the main focus would be on supporting Ryan’s father and three sisters.
The club’s chairman said the other players in the team respected him so much.
“He gave so much on the pitch. He led by example. He wasn’t afraid to go in for a tackle, that was for sure and that encouraged other players to give 100%. He was an ideal captain,” said Mr O’Doherty during an interview with Radio Foyle this morning.
Mr O’Doherty said Ryan’s roots in the Brandywell area were one of the reasons why he was so popular with the club’s fans.
“He lived right beside the ground and he just walked home after every match. You would see him walking home with his bag after every game.
“He probably was the most popular player in the team.”
Mr O’Doherty said the club’s players and officials would be meeting this morning and would release a statement afterwards.
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