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    Big changes at Bray Wanderers

    Bray Wanderers bought by McGettigans Group, who coincidentally are also the main sponsors at Finn Harps.

    A new kit deal with Nike, Saturday evening kick-offs, new crest and season ticket changes. All on their 30th year in the League of Ireland.
    Safe to say, it's looking like a big year for Bray.

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    PROUD HISTORY AND BRIGHT FUTURE FOR BRAY WANDERERS FOOTBALL CLUB

    The 2015 season will be the 30th anniversary since Bray Wanderers FC was elected into the League of Ireland and it is in this landmark year that we are delighted to announce that the club is to be taken over by new owners.

    McGettigan’s Group expects to purchase the majority shareholding of Bray Wanderers Football Club in the coming weeks, with the main aim of getting the club back up the league where it belongs. The McGettigan family has had The Royal Hotel in their name for the past 33 years and they are delighted to announce that the hotel will be coming on board as the main sponsor of Bray Wanderers for the 2015 season. The McGettigan family knows exactly how important Bray Wanderers Football Club is to the community, because of their long history at The Royal Hotel.

    McGettigan’s Group currently owns several bars and a hotel in the UAE, including 3 pubs in Dubai and 1 in Abu Dhabi. In total, the group owns 10 hotels and 7 bars, with 2 on the way in March 2015 with the opening of bars in both New York and Singapore. There will also be a further 3 bars due to open in September 2015 – including the McGettigan’s Bar at The Royal Hotel in Bray.

    Bray Wanderers was elected to the League of Ireland when it was expanded to two divisions for the 1985/86 season. They played their first game as a League of Ireland club on the 8TH September 1985 in an FAI League Cup match against Dundalk. The Seagulls secured promotion to the Premier Division by winning the League of Ireland First Division Championship that year.

    Dennis McGettigan, CEO of the McGettigan Group said, “The emphasis is 100% focused on forging a relationship between The Royal Hotel with the new McGettigan’s Bar (opening in 2015 at the hotel) and the football club. We will be able to give full access of our facilities to the club. The team can now use our boardrooms for meetings, they can use our Merrill Leisure Club at the hotel for fitness training sessions, and they can use any of our hotels around Ireland to stay in for away fixtures. We are here to offer Bray Wanderers unlimited support and the goal is simple – we want to take this famous football club back up the league table and to assure supporters that this club has a very secure future for many years to come. We want to make match days a family day out by injecting fun back into the occasion, and we have a wonderful team ready to make this happen”, added Dennis McGettigan.

    Bray Wanderers and McGettigan’s Brand Director, Declan Pierce said, “The aim is to make Bray Wanderers a football club that is run through community support. We are now in a position to start the sale of 2015 season tickets, which are available from the club office at the Carlisle Grounds, The Royal Hotel Bray and Costello Opticians. We have been working with representatives from local clubs; Ardmore Rovers, Phoenix Youth and the Bray Wanderers Supporters Club to prepare for the 2015 season and we are delighted to announce we will be hosting our games on Saturday evenings with a 5.45pm start - this will make it easier for both home and away fans to get to the ground, avoid Friday evening rush hour traffic, and make the games more family-friendly. Finally, we have redesigned the club’s crest with the help of a selection of fans; this change will honour the club’s history and this historic 30th year in the League of Ireland. We have signed a deal with Nike, who will now become the official supplier of the team kits and replica kits for fans. We will have new online sales facilities up and running shortly for fans to purchase the Bray Wanderers kits”.

    Bray Wanderers Director of Football, Alan Matthews commented, "We are trying to make a positive change to the match-day experience at the Carlisle Grounds and playing on Saturday evening will give the club this opportunity".

    Speaking about the change within Bray Wanderers, Chairman Denis O’Connor said, “In the coming season, we see the football club being run by a Board of Management on a voluntary basis. At the end of the day this journey will not be possible without the support of the community of Bray or indeed the loyal supporters of our football team. We are extremely excited about welcoming the full crew from the McGettigan’s Group to Bray Wanderers. There is a massive sense of positivity around the Carlisle Grounds again about the future of this proud club”.

    One thing is for sure – Bray Wanderers is now in very good hands. The financial and infrastructural support offered by The Royal Hotel and the McGettigan’s Group means that Bray Wanderers future is very bright. The Seagulls have grown new and very strong wings!

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    All in all pretty Positive for the Club
    Last edited by tippex; 22/12/2014 at 8:07 PM. Reason: just seen the forum was re-opened

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    New jersey too. This is a beaut.


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    Just seen that and I'm really not sold on it at all. Tho it will be good to have nike kit

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    Club forum has been back for several hours. Keep up tippex

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr A View Post
    Club forum has been back for several hours. Keep up tippex

    Easily solved..


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    Quote Originally Posted by nigel-harps1954 View Post
    Bray Wanderers bought by McGettigans Group, who coincidentally are also the main sponsors at Finn Harps.

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    Would that be an issue they were playing in the same division. Say if Bray get relegated. (Harps wont get promoted so no point putting that forward )
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    Fergal: Ya, I have them here.
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    Are they still sponsors of harps? thought it was a tad strange all right

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    If Harps sign a good goal scorer I'd fancy thier chances of at least a play-off spot. They are very hard to beat and if they turn some of those draws that they are so good at into wins they won't be far away

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    What does the takeover mean? Will Bray suddenly get an injection of capital? Are the new owners trying to do anything different to the old ones?

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    Hopefully it means both a cash injection and the ability of the club to get the town on its side.
    The amount of crap that the club had to battle within the town and the wider wicklow football community was crazy. (what went on with how they handled posts here certainly didn't help)

    Considering the size of bray and the surrounding areas they should be one of the best supported clubs in the league (yes we all know that the Carlisle also needs a major upgrade). Baby steps for the club but as I said if they can get the town on its side then you just never know what can be achieved.

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    It will be helpful for the club to get a breath of fresh air in.

    There's still loads to do and I haven't seen any indication that the new owners are going to start flooding money in or turn us into a Drogs/Dublin City/Fingal deal.

    Personally, I'm very excited to see a new board and new people brought in. Those involved previously have done a very good job but it's good to have a change, I think the previous board had taken us as far as they could.
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    Good look to Bray, they are a potential top-6 team who can qualify for Europe every other year. They deserve some luck.

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    What happened with Bray and these forums? I never could access the note that was meant to explain it on here.

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    As a Bohs fan,but also a person who wants the League to reach its potential,I congratulate Bray Wanderers and indeed the Mc Gettigan Group on forming this new alliance !Maybe more companies may come on board other clubs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paykanti View Post
    What happened with Bray and these forums? I never could access the note that was meant to explain it on here.
    A few people were discussing goings-on at board level, a solicitor's letter (or several) was received and dahamsta decided closing the board down was easier than having to deal with an overly-litigious club.

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