McGettigan buyout is set to give Seagulls stronger wings
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!