VIDEO: Derry City manager's touching tribute at Ryan McBride's funeral

David Maher, Sportsfile
The Candystripes boss read a touching poem at the funeral of his former captain and club legend, who passed away aged 27

Derry City captain Ryan McBride was laid to rest on Thursday, with manager Kenny Shiels delivering an emotional tribute to the late midfielder.

The Derry native was found dead at his home on Sunday, aged just 27, with the news shocking the Irish football family.

FAI leads tributes following death of Ryan McBride

Thousands gathered for his funeral in Derry, with club boss Shiels reading a touching poem about the midfielder.

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Shiels's poem praised McBride's pride in his hometown club, as well as his "trojan warrior" approach to the game, finishing with the moving couplet "In your absence we will still play the game / But in your absence, it won't be the same."

Derry's League of Ireland clash with Galway United has been postponed as a mark of respect for their former captain, while the Republic of Ireland will honour McBride before their World Cup qualifier with Wales on Friday evening.

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