McGet­ti­gan buy­out is set to give Seag­ulls stronger wings

Bray People - - FRONT PAGE - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

BRAY Wan­der­ers FC is to get new own­ers in the McGet­ti­gan Group, own­ers of the Royal Ho­tel.

The an­nounce­ment was made at the Main Street Ho­tel on Mon­day evening as the club marks its 30th an­niver­sary with the com­ing sea­son in 2015.

The group ex­pects to pur­chase the majority share­hold­ing of the foot­ball club in the com­ing weeks, with the aim of ‘get­ting the club back up the league where it be­longs’.

The McGet­ti­gan fam­ily has owned the Royal for 33 years and the ho­tel will be the team’s main spon­sor 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,’ ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased by the club.

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 Septem­ber 8 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.

‘We will be able to give full ac­cess of our fa­cil­i­ties to the club,’ said Den­nis McGet­ti­gan, CEO of the McGet­ti­gan Group.

‘ 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,’ said Den­nis.

‘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.’

Club Chair­man De­nis O’Con­nor said that Bray Wan­der­ers is in very good hands. ‘ The Seag­ulls have grown new and very strong wings!

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