Hundreds of mourners lined the streets as Northern Irish football club captain Ryan McBride was carried home by his teammates.

Friends and Derry City FC supporters applauded as McBride, 27, who died suddenly at home on Sunday night, was borne amid a wave of grief to his native Brandywell.

Ryan McBride's coffin is carried from a funeral house in the centre of Derry to his home in the Brandywell district of the city
Ryan McBride’s coffin is carried from a funeral house in the centre of Derry to his home in the Brandywell district of the city (Michael McHugh/PA)

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Children and their parents wearing the red and white of the Candystripes stood in respectful silence.

Former close teammate and Republic of Ireland international James McClean said McBride was a warrior who would throw his body on the line.

Liverpool FC strikers Robbie Fowler and Stan Collymore and the president of Ireland Michael D Higgins were among others expressing their condolences.

The fans’ favourite lived in a terrace house beside the club’s Brandywell ground where he has played since 2011.

His club said he would be remembered by teammates and supporters as one of the greats.

“They are deeply shocked and will miss his inspiration and his leadership.”

A Derry City number 5 shirt was pinned outside the Brandywell gate in tribute. His image was painted as street art onto a nearby wall.

A Derry City shirt hangs outside the club's football ground in Brandywell in memory of Ryan McBride
A Derry City shirt hangs outside the club’s football ground in Brandywell in memory of Ryan McBride (Michael McHugh/PA)

A mural in Brandywell, Derry, featuring Derry City captain Ryan McBride, right
A mural in Brandywell, Derry, featuring Derry City captain Ryan McBride, right (Michael McHugh/PA)

He leaves his “heartbroken” father Lexie, sisters Colleen, Siunin and Caitlain and partner Mairead. His mother Noreen died some time ago.

A funeral notice confirmed that his funeral would take place at St Columba’s Church in Derry on Thursday.

McBride was a firm favourite with fans thanks in part to his committed style of defending. He played more than 100 league matches for Derry.

His last match was a 4-0 triumph over Drogheda United in the League of Ireland Premier Division on Saturday, the top league in the Republic of Ireland.

The club’s SSE Airtricity Premier League game against Limerick on Tuesday has been postponed.

It said: “We will remember his civility and humility off the field, his commitment and passion on it and the deep love he carried in his heart for Derry City Football Club.”

John Delaney, chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland, said Irish football was in mourning after losing a “true great of the game”.

A special tribute to McBride will be made at the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifier against Wales in Dublin on Friday.

Democratic Unionist leader and former Stormont first minister Arlene Foster and Sinn Fein Assembly member Raymond McCartney were among those offering condolences.

The leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin, also tweeted his sympathies.