Dun­dalk first up for Bray


THIS FRI­DAY SEES Bray Wan­der­ers kick off their 2010 Premier Divi­sion cam­paign with a home clash with Dun­dalk .

Wan­der­ers were meant to be com­pet­ing in the First Divi­sion this sea­son but due to Cork City fold­ing last week, the Seag­ulls were re­in­stated to the Premier Divi­sion.

Ed­die Gorm­ley’s side had of course al­ready been re­in­stated to the top flight in 2009 af­ter Derry City had been re­moved from the Premier Divi­sion for off-field ac­tiv­i­ties, mean­ing Wan­der­ers took the Ul­ster side’s place de­spite orig­i­nally fin­ish­ing bot­tom of the league and thus be­ing de­moted. So just like a cat with nine lives, the Wick­low club are back where their fans will feel they be­long. And while the Carlisle Grounds’ club un­ex­pected re­turn to the top flight may have been greeted with delir­ium by most fans, there may be some on-field draw­backs to their sud­den change of cir­cum­stances. Only a small hand­ful of last year’s first team squad are still at the club, with the ma­jor­ity de­mand­ing too much money for a First Divi­sion club such as Bray Wan­der­ers too af­ford. But de­spite now be­ing a Premier Divi­sion club again, they still only have a side that the club felt ca­pa­ble of com­pet­ing in the First Divi­sion only. Man­ager Ed­die Gorm­ley now faces a race against time to sign some much-needed ex­pe­ri­ence ahead of the sea­son’s open­ing night this Fri­day.

If he can’t find some re­in­force­ments to help the Sea­side ’s club’s cause, it could be a case of lead­ing lambs to the slaugh­ter.

But if, as ex­pected, Gorm­ley adds some new, more fa­mil­iar names to his panel, Wan­der­ers fans can ex­pect an­other sea­son that will prob­a­bly go down right down to the wire.

Chris Shiels rep­re­sented Bray Wanader­ers at the launch of 2010 Airtricity League at the D4 Berkely Ho­tel in Balls­bridge, Dublin.

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