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Team captain's death is third tragedy for Candystripes

Derry City's record goalscorer Mark Farren died in February last year. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin
Seamus McKinney

THE death of Ryan McBride is the third tragedy to strike Derry City FC in just over a year.

In February last year, the club’s all-time greatest goal scorer, Mark Farren (33), died following a long battle with an aggressive brain tumour.

The Brandywell club also had a direct link with last year’s Buncrana Pier tragedy through one of its young stars, Josh Daniels.

The player’s mother Ruth, his sister Jodie-Lee, brother-in-law Sean McGrotty and young nephews Mark and Evan drowned when their car slid of algae into Lough Swilly a year ago yesterday.

Josh’s family have strong links with Derry City. His sister Louise James – Sean’s partner and Mark and Evan's mum – is a regular face at the club’s games.

In May last year, Josh received a standing ovation when he came on as substitute in a game against Finn Harps, and the 21-year-old said recently that the pain of his family loss motivates him every time he plays.

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