He was brave and knew no fear Derry bids farewell to inspirational

first_img Thursday 23 Mar 2017, 12:29 PM Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Image: Presseye/Lorcan Doherty/INPHO Share12 Tweet Email1 9 Comments 20,659 Views http://the42.ie/3302502 Every manager in the country wanted Ryan McBride but his roots were in DerryWatch: Soccer Republic’s touching tribute to Ryan McBride ‘He was brave and knew no fear’ – Derry bids farewell to inspirational captain Ryan McBride The 27-year-old footballer is being laid to rest today in Derry following his untimely death.center_img Mar 23rd 2017, 12:29 PM HUNDREDS OF MOURNERS lined the streets of Derry today to pay their final respects to Derry City FC captain Ryan McBride, who died suddenly on Sunday just hours after leading his team to a 4-0 victory over Drogheda United.The 27-year-old’s funeral took place at St Columba’s Church, with team-mates and coaches flanking the hearse on its way. President Michael D Higgins and FAI chief executive John Delaney were among those in attendance.Ryan McBride, who grew up just a stone’s throw from the club’s Brandywell stadium, is being laid to rest in Derry’s city cemetery. Since making his debut in 2011, the defender played over 170 games for the club, more than 50 of them as captain.“We think of him as an athlete on his prime, who achieved much and still had great potential, a versatile and accomplished footballer, of the thrilling moments he brought to so many supporters of Derry City, and across Ireland, over the past seven years,” said Father Aidan Mullan.“The club management, the team, the supporters, all have been caught up in his natural footballing ability; in his courageous play. As has been said many times, Ryan would put his head where other players would not put their boot. He was brave and knew no fear.“As captain he was an inspirational leader in the dressing room and on the field of play. In the last several weeks Ryan was pivotal in great performances and contributed greatly to Derry’s perfect start to the season; quick reflexes, heady play and competitive spirit made him a great role model for many young boys and girls as well as City supporters and fans throughout the area.” Source: Presseye/Lorcan Doherty/INPHO Source: Presseye/Lorcan Doherty/INPHO Source: PA Wire/PA Images Source: Presseye/Lorcan Doherty/INPHO Source: Presseye/Lorcan Doherty/INPHO Source: Presseye/Lorcan Doherty/INPHOAt the church service, an emotional Derry City manager Kenny Shiels read a poem in tribute to his inspirational captain:In your absenceOur trojan warriorYou’ve ran your last raceYour passion and energy, you just loved the placeIn your absenceWith love and respectIn your absenceWe will never forgetYou were our captainWithout all the hypeThe one and the onlyOur top CandystripeIn your absenceWe will endeavour to fightIn your absenceWith all of our mightOur Brandywell boyYou wore stripes with great prideIt made you so happyTo play in the sideIn your absenceWe still feel you hereThe big number fiveSo vivid, so clearRyan, we love youWith all of our heartA giant so gentleAnd now we’re apartIn your absenceWe will still play the gameBut in your absenceIt won’t be the same By Paul Dollery Image: Presseye/Lorcan Doherty/INPHO Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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