Brandywell Stadium is set to be renamed in honour of Ryan McBride, the late captain of Derry City, after councillors backed the change following a public vote.

McBride died suddenly at the age of 27 in March 2017 after playing his last game for Derry City.

The club’s Brandywell Stadium, which has a capacity of 7,700, is now set to be renamed The Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium after a vote held by Derry City and Strabane District Council found that 71 per cent of people were in favour of the move.

Councillors have backed the name change following the results of the vote, which attracted 6,549 responses.

Sinn Fein councillor Sandra Duffy said, according to the Belfast Telegraph newspaper: “Ryan’s life, on and off the field, has left a great legacy in our city and the club and its players will continue to draw inspiration from him for many years to come.

“It is fitting that Ryan’s legacy should live on through the stadium and the club he loved.”

Following McBride’s death, a foundation was established in honour and the organisation felt renaming Derry City’s stadium would be a fitting tribute.

The name change will have to be fully ratified by the council.

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