Tributes paid to former Brighton defender

A number of tributes have been paid to Paul McCarthy, after the former Brighton defender died aged 45 on Sunday.

Paul McCarthy.
Paul McCarthy.

The Irishman played for the Seagulls from 1988 to 1996, before also playing for Oxford, Wycombe and Ebbsfleet.

Former team-mate John Byrne tweeted: "Devastating news regarding Paul McCarthy. One of the nicest most genuine lads I ever played with. Thoughts are with his family. RIP Macca x"

Kerry Mayo tweeted: "Absolutely gutted! One of the nicest guys in football and always made time for me as a youth player #RIPBarrelChest."

Ahead of The Goldstone Years - 20 years on show at The Theatre Royal in Brighton, Garry Nelson tweeted: "On a big reunion night for us ex-#BHAFC players, terrible news just announced about our former team-mate Paul McCarthy - RIP Macca."

McCarthy captained Ebbsfleet to the FA Trophy in 2008 and was then assistant manager to Liam Daish, who tweeted: "At a loss for words at the news my skipper, my assistant, my mate Paul McCarthy has passed away. Sleep well big man. R.I.P."

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