Derry City are considering renaming their stadium after former captain Ryan McBride, writes Steve Neville.
McBride tragically passed away in March 2017, at the age of 27.
Derry currently play their home games at the Brandywell, which is undergoing redevelopment.
The redevelopment will see a new stand, a new artificial pitch, a new training pitch, and further renovations to improve the stadium’s infrastructure.
The new Lone Moor Road Stand will have a covered seated capacity of 955 with standing accommodation for a further 270, bringing the total capacity to 3,700.
Derry’s chairman, Phil O’Doherty, has backed the plans to rename the stadium after the club’s late captain, telling the BBC that he is “definitely supporting” the proposal.
The BBC report that a working group set up by Derry City and Strabane District Council (who own the Brandywell) is currently exploring how best to honour McBride.
Current Derry manager Kenny Shiels also backed the proposal, telling BBC Radio Foyle it would be fitting.
“The McBride family are synonomous with that part of the city.
“If you can understand what they’ve gone through, the tragedy and the turmoil and all of those things – it would be fitting.”
Shiels added that “It was more than worthy.
“If you look at what Lexie (McBride’s father), for example, has been through, his father, I’m sure people will recognise that and relish the name being the Ryan McBride Stadium.”
The proposal to rename the stadium after McBride was put forward by the Ryan McBride Foundation.
“He (McBride) was a very unassuming man who was great with all of the young people in the area,” Councillor Patricia Logue, McBride’s aunt, told BBC Radio Foyle.
“He is a great role model.
“The Ryan McBride Foundation put the idea to us and the family would be delighted if the motion got passed.”