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    Galway Utd

    From Facebook, email sent to Galway Utd season ticket holders asking them to consider paying through the stiles tonight. Depressing to see at the end of the season.
    https://www.facebook.com/leagueofire...type=3&theater
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    Not surprised at all to be honest. Costs are just crazy and if you arenít getting European money or big sponsorship/backing you have to be struggling.

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    They are getting big sponsorship! But three down meant a lot of clubs felt they had to stretch things. Sligo had a couple of guys but 35k in to ease concerns. Would say the lad at Pats dug deeper into the pockets. Harps weren't able to strengthen in July but we're still creaking badly.

    It's a tough, tough league and tougher again with three going down.

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    And tougher again with the First Division being a neglected wasteland that clubs feel they have to stretch to avoid.

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    Why does the galway united keeper have a jersey with no sponser on it. Very unprofessional looking. Little things..

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    Great to see full-time professional clubs in existence for 3 years lunging for this latest installment of the 'LOI begging bowl' act on the final night of the season when they stare relegation in the face

    I think the FAI recently said the LOI is in great shape
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    A kick in the guts to go down, and disappointing that the club had to ask season ticket holders to voluntarily pay in tonight. But there are mitigating circumstances - the club rents the ground for home games but does not benefit from on-site catering, and cannot sell ground advertising. So the only income for the club is the gate take from games. Minus the Ä350 I think the Galway FA takes from us in rent. I donít think they charge Galway WFC match-day rent. It costs in the region of Ä1,500 a month to train at Mervue Unitedís grounds, a fine facility which has benefitted, along with Salthill Devonís grounds at Drom, to the combined tune of Ä2million plus in grants and solidarity payments from the FAI. And fair play to them for that. We as a club need to somehow source, develop and find our own training ground for a start. And maybe itís time to sit down with Connacht Rugby and Galway City Council and talk about a municipal ground. Without Galway United there would be no Eamonn Deacy Park as we know it today, yet the Galway FA treats the club like something unpleasant on the sole of its shoe.
    Mervue charges a healthy rent, yet they voted to refuse Galway Unitedís underage sides access to their facilities (as was their entitlement), while there were days when the senior side turned up for training to find the grass uncut or no nets in the goals.
    When the club was reformed there were 4 stakeholders: The Galway FA, Mervue United, Salthill Devon, and the Galway United Supporters Trust.
    The first 3 got everything they could from the club and are no longer on the board.
    We, as genuine fans, refer to the first 3 as Takeholders. And for a good reason.

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    Who are people sponsoring when they buy a hoarding slot in ED Park. Do the Galway FA use Galway United as a selling tool? If so there should certainly be nothing beyond rent paid out or forsaken income generated by GUFC in the ground. It might be a pian but Cover up hoarding not associated with GUFC on match nights. GUST should advertise that none of this income goes to GUFC and for people to consider direct donations even. As for the conduct of the other 3 elements of GUFC the FIA should hold them to task over their obligations from being involved in submitting the planned new club to the FAI - the shouldnt be able to just walk away or charge silly money to an entity that is themselves in a way. Go tell Mervue to send 25% of the bill to their own treasurer etc. Easy said than done.

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    Canít touch a thing at the ground, like covering up hoarding, as it is the Galway FAís ground so anything there is their property. Thatís the attitude, live with it or find somewhere else.
    The catering contract for the ground was upmfor tender recently. Apparently, United submitted the highest offer. It was rejected. Supporters and the club spent a five figure sum on renovating the old clubhouse as a new club bar. The bar is not allowed sell tea/coffee or minerals as the on-site caterer has exclusive rights to sales of such products. So the bar canít even offer, for example, a vodka & orange or a Bacardi & coke.
    Pearse Stadium has no floodlights, and Connacht Rugby has its own issues with Bord na gCon, so a ground move is not on the cards.
    Hard for the FAI to crack down on what I would call rogue clubs locally when those clubs have members in prominent FAI committee positions. Honestly, if you wrote it down as a story, it would be laughed away as completely unbelievable.
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    I would love if Limerick only had to pay 350 per game to Markets Field (as well as maintaining the pitch). Nevertheless, trying to build something with mefeiners and small minds has to be deeply frustrating.
    Hope ye are straight back up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fieldofmarkets View Post
    I would love if Limerick only had to pay 350 per game to Markets Field (as well as maintaining the pitch).
    The situation is a lot more complex than that. We are renting the ground but are prevented from operating properly within it.

    Just as one example of the relationship, the club shop behind the goal, for a good part of the season was in direct competition with a new shop right beside it upstairs in the old clubhouse, opened by GUFC's own kit supplier. That space had been used as a sort of corporate area by GUFC, and the Galway FA rented it out, apparently without giving the club a chance to counter... or yano, ask them not to allow competition to set up in a stadium they were renting.

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    350 per game is very cheap, that's less than 5 K PA, you wouldn't get a house share for that in Galway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redarmyfaction View Post
    350 per game is very cheap, that's less than 5 K PA, you wouldn't get a house share for that in Galway.
    First I've heard that we only pay €350 a game. Maybe youth games. Let's say it was that, it still doesn't excuse the shŪte that our club has put up with from the gob****es who run the Galway FA. It's genuinely disgusting. A lot of them seem to forget that if it wasn't for Galway United, Terryland Park would be nowhere near the venue it is today.
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    it must be such an unusual situation. Why does Galway have their own FA and nowhere else in the country have theirs? I dont get this. Is this because of the different clubs in Galway City that Galway have?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olander View Post
    First I've heard that we only pay €350 a game. Maybe youth games.
    That's another thing. The Galway United youth structure / academy is a partnership with junior clubs, who were instrumental in breaking up the daft underage situation with Mervue and Salthill representing Galway.

    They make a contribution... but if the Galway United underage teams were to actually play their games at Eamonn Deacy Park, Galway United would be paying back the majority of the money to the Galway FA in pitch fees.

    That's not even taking what United pay for the senior games into account, which is definitely more than 350.

    Quote Originally Posted by Martinho II View Post
    Why does Galway have their own FA and nowhere else in the country have theirs?
    Every district/regional league in Ireland has their own administrative body. Galway is a big county so it has it's own. Longford have the schoolboy FA and the junior teams, I assume, come under the CCFL. Mayo have their own. Sligo/Leitrim have their own. So do Roscommon.

    Football Association / Football League... it's all the same.
    Last edited by gufcfan; 28/10/2017 at 10:21 PM.

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    What a waste ED Park will be without a senior club using it (in due course). Its times like this the FAI need to tell some people to cop on. It isnt hopeless when Connaught Rugby are also looking for a new development to happen, but it will be a disgrace that significant grants will have gone in to a ground that will be vacant bar those on the pitch and the handfull watching from a stand if GUFC are driven out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nesta99 View Post
    What a waste ED Park will be without a senior club using it (in due course).
    You've put two and two together and ended up with 7 million.

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    If anyone feels like helping, just a reminder about the clubs big off season fundraiser

    http://gufc-coop.com/loi-dash/

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    Quote Originally Posted by gufcfan View Post
    You've put two and two together and ended up with 7 million.
    Tbf that was a very worrying statement the club released and whilei realise weíve seen plenty of clubs pull that card to raise funds over the years, if what Galway fans are saying on this thread is true about the way the Galway FA are milking them dry (I seem to remember the ridiculous fine United got for allowing kids on the pitch to get photos with players after one game by the Galway FA) and the high rent fees for using Mervueís training base, itís not difficult to see how this could end up for Galway once again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fieldofmarkets View Post
    I would love if Limerick only had to pay 350 per game to Markets Field (as well as maintaining the pitch). Nevertheless, trying to build something with mefeiners and small minds has to be deeply frustrating.
    Hope ye are straight back up.
    Sorry, that should have read €650, not €350.
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