‘Mis­sion ac­com­plished’ says Martin O’Con­nor

Bray People - - SPORT - DANIEL GOR­MAN Sports Re­porter

BRAY WAN­DER­ERS have come out fight­ing in the wake of the re­ac­tion to the re­lease of two state­ments by the club late last week with club sec­re­tary Martin O’Con­nor say­ing that it is a case of “mis­sion ac­com­plished”.

The Seag­ulls rep­re­sen­ta­tive has no re­grets about the re­leas­ing of the state­ments, which likened County Wick­low to North Korea in terms of do­ing busi­ness.

O’Con­nor, brother of for­mer chair­man De­nis O’Con­nor, in­stead de­clared that they had achieved ex­actly what they wanted by en­tic­ing Wick­low County Coun­cil into dis­cus­sion.

Both state­ments were widely ridiculed and mocked as they hit un­prece­dented vi­ral lev­els for do­mes­tic soc­cer in the League of Ire­land.

The ini­tial state­ment, is­sued on Thurs­day, com­pared Co. Wick­low to North Korea, spoke of ri­valling Barcelona and Manch­ester United and re­vealed plans were afoot to pur­chase a new home for the club. It was signed by chair­man Gerry Mul­vey.

The fol­low­ing state­ment, is­sued on Fri­day, dis­cussed the 1916 Ris­ing, Kim-Jong Un and Jackie Healy Rae. It was not signed by Mul­vey. It was also not pub­lished on the club’s so­cial me­dia chan­nels.

De­spite Mul­vey’s sig­na­ture be­ing ab­sent from Fri­day’s re­lease, O’Con­nor con­firms that both were penned by the cur­rent chair­man.

“Gerry is­sued and ap­proved it”, con­firmed O’Con­nor. “There were others that worked on it as well but Gerry wrote the first draft. It was the same process on the sec­ond one. Gerry wrote it but it came through a few of us, we all checked it. The first one wasn’t prop­erly checked which is a fail­ure but there was a time con­straint on the first one. We’d more time on the sec­ond one and we were un­der less pres­sure. Maybe the first one should have been checked for ty­pos but would we change any­thing about ei­ther state­ment? No. Em­phat­i­cally no.”

It was all an ends to a mean claims O’Con­nor. Should all of their wishes in both state­ments come to fruition, Bray Wan­der­ers will ben­e­fit hugely both on and off the pitch. The an­swer to all that is to build a proper academy to cater for Wick­low foot­ball at all lev­els.

“In­cor­po­rat­ing that, we have to gen­er­ate sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial in­come for the club and it has to be an amount equal to the play­ers’ salaries.

“We need to raise sig­nif­i­cant money and we’re hop­ing to gen­er­ate it through all this.

“We need to cover the play­ers’ salaries and the staff salaries un­til such time that we have a top three team.

“The tar­get here is to build an academy and cre­ate a team that will re­main in the top three. We want to so­lid­ify our­selves as a top three team.”

O’Con­nor ad­mits that the club never thought the re­ac­tion would be as strong or as wide­spread as it was but it was borne out of one clear, sim­ple aim brought on by months and months of frus­tra­tion.

“We wanted to en­gage Wick­low County Coun­cil.

“We’ve been try­ing to en­gage the Wick­low County Coun­cil since last Novem­ber. The pur­pose of th­ese state­ments was to en­gage the Wick­low County Coun­cil and we’ve done that – mis­sion ac­com­plished”.

Full in­ter­view in­side.

Bray Wan­der­ers fans make fun of the Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Wick­low at the Carlisle Grounds last Fri­day evening. Photo: Bar­bara Flynn

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