Irish soccer in mourning as Derry's Ryan McBride is found dead

Ryan McBride was a talisman for Derry
Ryan McBride was a talisman for Derry

The Irish soccer community is in shock after it emerged that Ryan McBride, current captain of Derry City FC, has died suddenly at the age of 27.

McBride, who began playing for his home-town team Derry in 2011 and starred for the side alongside current Republic of Ireland star James McClean, had played in all four games for City this season, most recently Saturday's 4-0 win over Drogheda United.

It was reported locally that defender McBride was found dead at his home in Derry last night. The cause of death is unknown.

His former manager at Derry, current Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny, and former team-mate McClean were at RTE headquarters in Dublin attending the FAI International awards when news came through.

McClean will be excused from training with the senior Ireland team this week to attend the funeral.

Derry were due to play at home to Limerick in a rearranged Premier Division game tomorrow night but it's almost certain that tie will not now go ahead.

This is the latest tragedy to strike the Brandywell club. Last year, popular striker Mark Farren died at the age of 33 after battling with a brain tumour. Also last year, current Derry player Josh Daniels lost his mother, sister, brother in law and nephews in the Buncrana pier tragedy.