Paul McCarthy, former underage team-mate of Roy Keane, passes away at 45
Such sad news.
Former Republic of Ireland Under-21 defender Paul McCarthy has passed away at the age of just 45 following a suspected heart attack.
A former underage team-mate of Roy Keane at Rockmount in Cork, we also played alongside the former Manchester United captain at international level.
— Football Past (@thecentretunnel) January 23, 2017
He made 217 appearances for Brighton before moving on to Wycombe, where he contributed to their historic FA Cup run in 2001.
Supporters of both clubs, along with Irish football fans, expressed their shock on Monday morning.
Absolutely gutted to hear about Paul McCarthy. One of my all-time favourite Wycombe defenders. Such sad news. pic.twitter.com/BFhZnq7Uyx
— Jonny South (@jonnysouth) February 20, 2017
RIP Paul McCarthy - a true Wycombe hero! https://t.co/gULvwb2l0A
— Leeroy Brown (@noeth_wycombe) February 20, 2017
Sad news about passing of former Brighton and Wycombe defender Paul McCarthy at 45. Rockmount teammate of Roy Keane (pictured to RK's left) pic.twitter.com/J13fsul009
— Kieran Cunningham (@KCsixtyseven) February 20, 2017
— Sam Elliott (@Sam_Elliott_) February 20, 2017
Paul McCarthy was a rugged, reliable defender - and a really nice bloke. Heart goes out to those close to him. #bhafc
— Andy Naylor (@AndyNaylorArgus) February 20, 2017