TIME­LINE

Bray People - - SPORT -

Fri­day, June 30: Bray Wan­der­ers are host­ing Dun­dalk. Ear­lier in the day, Gerry Mul­vey in­di­cated that he may be with­draw­ing fund­ing in the near fu­ture. De­nis O’Con­nor re­leases a state­ment at half-time be­moan­ing the sus­tain­abil­ity of main­tain­ing a foot­ball club with the poor at­ten­dances at the Carlisle Grounds.

Sun­day, July 2: Bray’s play­ers show up for train­ing. They’re called into a meet­ing where they’re told their wages can no longer be guar­an­teed. They leave and it hits so­cial me­dia within the hour.

Mon­day, July 3: De­nis O’Con­nor con­fides that he’s con­fi­dent of se­cur­ing fund­ing to sta­bilise the club.

Tues­day, July 4: O’Con­nor meets player and briefs them about the sit­u­a­tion and tells them he hopes to have a res­o­lu­tion within days.

Wed­nes­day, July 5: O’Con­nor con­fides ex­clu­sively again that if the worst comes to the worst, the club will dis­band as op­posed to ask­ing the U-19’s squad to ful­fil re­main­ing fix­tures.

Thurs­day, July 6: It seems like all is

well. A state­ment is re­leased to con­firm that fund­ing has been se­cured and the club is safe.

Thurs­day, July 6: They think it’s all over! Well, it isn’t. Within hours, the play­ers re­lease a state­ment via the PFAI to de­clare that they want clar­i­fi­ca­tion on the new-found in­vest­ment and set a dead­line of close of busi­ness on Mon­day, July 10.

Mon­day, July 10: The play­ers train as usual and re­ceive no con­fir­ma­tion.

Sun­day, July 16: De­spite not get­ting what they want, the play­ers pro­vide a de­cent dis­play as they suc­cumb to a 0-2 de­feat against cham­pi­ons-elect Cork City in front of 1,879 peo­ple in Bray.

Mon­day, July 17: Soc­cer Repub­lic run a fea­ture on Bray Wan­der­ers which in­cludes fan in­ter­views call­ing upon the O’Con­nors to leave the club.

Tues­day, July 18: Club sec­re­tary Martin O’Con­nor re­veals the club have adopted an all or noth­ing ap­proach. Any trans­fer or mu­tual ter­mi­na­tion re­quests to be re­jected un­less all 21 play­ers make the re­quest.

Wed­nes­day, July 19: De­nis O’Con­nor an­nounces his res­ig­na­tion as chair­man of Bray Wan­der­ers.

Thurs­day, July 20: Gerry Mul­vey is an­nounced as in­terim chair­man.

Fri­day, July 21: Bray lose 3-1 to St. Pa­trick’s Ath­letic in what Harry Kenny dubs “prob­a­bly our worst dis­play of the sea­son”.

Thurs­day, July 27: The club re­lease a state­ment that com­pares Co. Wick­low to North Korea. You know the rest. It is signed by Gerry Mul­vey.

Fri­day, July 28: A fol­low-up state­ment is is­sued. This one dis­cusses the 1916 ris­ing, Kim-Jong Un, Jackie Healy Rae, Ark­low’s sewage sit­u­a­tion and be­ing the most talked about topic in Ir­ish foot­ball.

It is un­signed.

Fri­day, July 28: Bray lost at home to Finn Harps by three goals to two. Harry Kenny ad­mits af­ter­wards that he has con­sid­ered his po­si­tion and will con­tinue to do so.

Sun­day, July 30: For­mer me­dia li­ai­son of­fi­cer Jil­lian God­sil pens a scyth­ing open let­ter to club.

Sun­day, July 30: Mid­fielder John Sul­li­van de­clares on ra­dio that doesn’t “be­lieve the chair­man was be­hind the North Korea state­ments”.

Tues­day, Au­gust 1: Trans­fer win­dow closes. No Bray Wan­der­ers player departs.

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