Hundreds line streets of Derry as teammates carry Ryan McBride's coffin home

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We are shocked to hear this evening the passing of our member Derry City captain Ryan McBride.

A statement from Glentoran read: "Deepest heartfelt condolences from all at Glentoran to Ryan's family and to our many friends at Derry City". The cause of the 27-year-old's death is so far unknown.

Mourners applauded as tragic Derry City captain Ryan McBride was carried home by devastated team-mates last night.

Teams from both leagues in the Republic and Northern Ireland expressed their condolences to the McBride family and Derry City. To them, Ryan was Derry City through and through.

McClean, 27, who also played at the Brandywell from 2008 to 2011, described McBride as "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".

'Our prayers and thoughts are with his father, Lexie, his sisters Colleen, Siuinin and Caitlain, and his partner Mairead, who are heartbroken at his loss.

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McBride's death came just one day after he led his team to a 4-0 triumph over Drogheda United in the League of Ireland Premier Division.

McBride was a firm favourite with fans, thanks in part to his committed style of defending.

This is the third tragedy to strike Derry City over the last 12 months.

McBride's funeral will take place at 10am on Thursday at St Columba's Church.

Derry's league games against Limerick and Galway have been postponed, as well as all of Tuesday's matches in the first round of the League of Ireland Cup. He had been receiving treatment for an aggressive brain tumour. "We will remember Ryan with a tribute at Friday night's FIFA World Cup qualifier against Wales". One of the current team's players Josh Daniels lost his mother, sister, brother-in-law and two nephews after their auto skidded along a pier in Buncrana, Co Donegal plunging their vehicle into Lough Swilly.

"His leadership on the field was inspiring", said Mr Barrett.