Paul McCarthy, former underage team-mate of Roy Keane, passes away at 45 1 year ago

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.

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.