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James McClean Pays Tribute Following Tragic Passing Of Derry City's Ryan McBride

James McClean Pays Tribute Following Tragic Passing Of Derry City's Ryan McBride

Ryan McBride sadly passed away at the age of just 27. The Derry City captain was found dead at his home on Sunday evening. The cause of death is not yet known.

McBride, who made his debut for Derry in 2011, played twice for the club last week - against Drogheda on Saturday and Dundalk on Monday. In all, he made more than 100 appearances for Derry City.

Tributes have been paid to McBride from within the Irish football community and beyond.

Late on Sunday night, James McClean joined the chorus of those mourning the death of McBride. The Ireland international and McBride were previously teammates together at Derry City.

McClean posted to Instagram calling McBride a 'warrior'.

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Tonight we lost someone I had to the privilege to play along aside but also got on well with of the field, a warrior that literally would throw his body on the line when he pulled on that Derry City jersey, a club that meant so much to him, but more importantly a big gentleman off the field.. sleep tight big man may god bless you and your family #5 #townilovedsowell

RTÉ's Tony O'Donoghue reported on Morning Ireland that McClean is expected to be granted release from Ireland training this week to attend the funeral of McBride.

The FAI confirmed this morning that Derry's game against Limerick, which had been scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed.

PJ Browne
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