Johnny McBride

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Johnny McBride
Personal information
Sport Gaelic football
Position Forward / midfield
Born (1977-05-09) 9 May 1977 (age 40)
County Londonderry,
Northern Ireland
Years Club
?-Present An Lúb
Club titles
Derry titles 2
Ulster titles 1
Years County
1995-2006 Derry
Inter-county titles
Ulster titles 3
All-Irelands 1

Johnny McBride (born 9 May 1977) is an Irish Gaelic footballer who played for Derry in the 1990s and 2000s. He won an Ulster Senior Football Championship and two National Leagues with the county, as well as Ulster Minor, Ulster Under 21 and All-Ireland Under-21 Football Championships.

McBride continues to play club football for Naomh Pádraig An Lúb. As captain, he was instrumental in helping An Lúb win the 2003 Ulster Senior Club Football Championship and Derry Championships.

He is a versatile player who can play anywhere in the forward line or in midfield.

Playing career[edit]


McBride played three years of Minor football for Derry (1993–1995). He reached the Ulster Minor Championship final against Tyrone in 1993, and despite McBride putting in a man of the match display,[1] Derry were defeated. They however won the 1995 Ulster Minor Championship, with McBride as captain[1] and finished runners-up to Westmeath in that year's All-Ireland Minor final. In 1997 he captained[2] Derry when they won the Ulster Under-21 and All-Ireland Under-21 Football Championships,[3] defeating Fermanagh and Meath in the respective finals.

He made his Derry Senior debut in late 1995 (in the 1996 National League) against Kerry.[1] Derry went on to win that year's competition. In 1998, Derry won the Ulster Senior Championship, but lost to Galway in that year's All-Ireland Championship semi-final. In 2000 he won another National League with Derry, defeating Meath in the final.[3] Derry also reached that year's Ulster final, but lost out to Armagh. Derry reached two more All-Ireland semi-finals in 2001 and 2004, but were defeated by Galway and Kerry respectively.

McBride was named Derry captain for the 2006 season, he first An Lúb player to hold the honour. He announced his retirement from inter-county football at the end of the 2006 campaign.[4]


McBride had a successful underage club career including winning two Derry Minor Championships and two Ulster Minor Club Football Championships[1] in 1993 and 1995, and was captain of the 1995 side.[5] In 2003, he captained the club to their first Derry Senior Football Championship in 67 years, and they also went on to win the Ulster Senior Club Football Championship.


McBride won an All-Ireland Colleges title with his school. He captained the University of Ulster Coleraine team in the Sigerson Cup while a student.[2]









  • Derry Senior football captain: 2006

Note: The above lists may be incomplete. Please add any other honours you know of.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Interview with Johnny McBride". Hogan Stand. March 1996. Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  2. ^ a b "Johnny leads from front". Belfast Telegraph. 7 May 1997. Retrieved 12 December 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "Derry Football Roll Of Honour". Official Derry GAA website. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  4. ^ "Derry hit with McBride retirement". BBC Sport Online. 24 November 2006. Retrieved 12 December 2008. 
  5. ^ McGee, Tony (11 January 2002). "History in the making in Ulster minor decider". The Irish News. Retrieved 12 January 2009. 

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Gaelic games
Preceded by
Paddy Bradley
Derry senior
football captain

Succeeded by
Kevin McGuckin
Preceded by
Gerard Cassidy
Derry Senior Football Championship
winning captain

Succeeded by
Shane Kelly