Thomas McBride (footballer)
|Full name||Thomas McBride|
|Date of birth||30 May 1992|
|Place of birth||Derry, Northern Ireland|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Maiden City Academy|
|Republic of Ireland U-19||5||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
He previously played with Derry City, had 2 stints at Institute and was a youth player for Northampton Town. McBride was also selected for the Northern Ireland Under-18 Schoolboys in 2010. However, he went on to represent the Republic of Ireland at under 19 level.
McBride was scouted and signed as a youth to Northampton Town F.C. but after a short spell at the club with no first team appearances, he left by mutual consent, and returned to Northern Ireland.
McBride signed for local team Derry City on trial in 2010 and after several friendlies was signed up on a one-year contract. He regularly featured on the subs bench at the start of the new First Division season but soon won a place in the starting team. He also won Northern Irish u18 player of the year after netting 3 goals within 3 appearances. Following Derry's promotion to the Premier Division and the addition of Ruaidhri Higgins to the midfield McBride lost his place in the team and was dropped to the bench. It was announced in August 2011 that he had left the club after requesting that his contract be terminated as to complete a move to Institute.
He signed for Finn Harps in February 2012. He left in May 2013, again by mutual consent.
Return to Institute
He rejoined the Drumahoe club in June 2014, for the start of his second stint with them, also marking his return to senior football (in the NIFL Premiership). His debut was a 2-2 away draw with Dungannon Swifts on the first day of the 2014-15 NIFL Premiership season. His first competitive goal since rejoining the club came in late August, in a 2-0 home league cup win over Dollingstown. His only league goal of the season came in a 1-1 draw with Glentoran at the Riverside Stadium.