Tributes Pour In For Former Albion Defender

Ex-Albion defender Paul McCarthy has suddenly died at the age of just 45 of a suspected heart attack. The club reported the sad news at 2 am and tributes have been pouring in on social media ever since.

Paul arrived at Albion as a trainee in July 1988 from his local side Rockmount. He’d already won ten caps with his nation’s under-21 side. The Irish-born centre-back played 217 matches and scored six goals for the Seagulls between 1988 and 1996. He scored the winning goal at his Albion debut match against Bradford City in March 1990.

During his time with Albion, he also took over the captaincy from Steve Foster in the 1995/96 season and came third in the Albion Player of the Season award for 1993/94.

He then went on to play for Wycombe, helping the club achieve its famous 2001 FA Cup win against Leicester City at Filbert Street. He later served Oxford United, Hornchurch, Ebbsfleet United and Crowborough Athletic, and lived in the East Sussex town.  He made over 500 appearances in the Football League and Football Conference during his lifetime.

The hashtag #RIPMacca has been set up for fans to post tributes. Here are some of the posts in Paul’s memory so far:

 

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