Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion has revealed that the party will propose a motion calling for the redeveloped Brandywell stadium to be named in honour of Derry City legend Ryan McBride who died earlier this year.
The Foyle MP said:
“The tragic death of Ryan McBride earlier this year touched everyone in this city, particularly all those involved with Derry City Football Club.
“His 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.
“Given the fact that the Brandywell Stadium is currently undergoing major redevelopment to turn it into a state of the art modern facility is it fitting that his legacy should live on through the stadium and club he loved.
“In order to celebrate his legacy, Sinn Féin will bring forward a motion to Derry and Strabane District Council to formally rename the redeveloped stadium in honour of Ryan McBride.
“We are doing this at the request of the Ryan McBride Foundation which was established following his untimely death to ensure his legacy lives on.
“The motion will be proposed by Councillor Patricia Logue, an aunt of Ryan’s, and we are hopeful that it will receive cross party support.”