Call for Brandywell stadium to be named after former captain

There have been calls for the Brandywell stadium to be renamed in memory of former Derry City FC captain, Ryan McBride. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin

THE Brandywell football stadium could be renamed after former Derry City FC captain Ryan McBride.

The 27 year-old footballer died suddenly and unexpectedly in March. Born within the shadow of the ground, he was a hugely popular player with fans of the club.

The stadium, which is the home of Derry City FC is owned by Derry City and Strabane District Council, is currently undergoing a major facelift and is expected to be re-opened next year.

The proposal to re-name the ground will be brought forward to the council by his aunt, Sinn Féin councillor Patricia Logue.

She is being supported by her party colleague and Sinn Féin Foyle MP, Elisha McCallion. Mrs McCallion said it was fitting that the former captain's legacy should live on through the stadium.

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