Colombia claim first ever Fun World Cup

    The winners of the Mini World Cup Columbia (St Josephs Boys) with their trophy

    The winners of the Fun World Cup Colombia (St Josephs Boys) with their trophy

    Congratulations to Colombia (St Josephs Boys) who won the inaugural Bray Wanderers Fun World Cup at the weekend. They beat Greece (Cabinteely Boys) after extra time in a thrilling final at the Carlisle Grounds on Saturday.

    The boys were presented with a replica of the famous trophy in the main stand and then the celebrations began. It was the perfect climax to what had been a fantastic day in wonderful weather for all the family at the Carlisle Grounds – with football, demonstrations from other sports, bouncy castles, face-painting and a whole host of other activities. A big WELL DONE to everyone concerned for a brilliant day. Click here to read more about the tournament or see the Gallery for pictures from the event.

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    Jake Kelly is Player of the Month for June

    July 9, 2014July 9, 2014
    player12 Jake Kelly was voted Supporters Club Player of the Month for June. Well done Jake.

    Ryan Coombes signs for Wanderers

    July 7, 2014July 7, 2014
    Ryan Combes20 year old Ryan Coombes has re-signed for Bray Wanderers having spent the first part of the season with Shamrock Rovers first division team. He was previously with the Seagulls for the 2013 season.

    Bray Wanderers 1-3 Drogheda Utd

    July 5, 2014July 5, 2014
    Shane O'Neill only has eyes for the ball against Drogheda UtdWanderers suffered another home defeat, this time beaten by Drogheda Utd. The visitors got off to the best possible start taking the lead after 4 minutes but Jake Kelly equalised with a superb free kick. Drogheda added a second on 37 minutes. The expected improvement by Wanderers in the second half did not materialise - in fact it got worse! Adam Mitchell being red carded on the hour mark. The Boynesiders added a third on 90 minutes to complete a miserable night for the Seagulls.

    Seagulls to take on QPR XI

    July 3, 2014July 3, 2014
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    Bray Wanderers summer festival of soccer continues with the Seagulls taking on a Queens Park Rangers XI at the Carlisle on Saturday 26th July. The game has a 2.15pm kick-off.

    MK Dons coming to the Carlisle

    July 2, 2014July 2, 2014
    MK_Dons  Wanderers will play English First Division side, MK Dons, in a friendly on Wednesday 16th July at the Carlisle.  Kick off is 7.45pm

    Colombia (St Josephs Boys) win Fun World Cup

    June 29, 2014June 29, 2014
    The winners of the Fun World Cup Colombia (St Josephs Boys) with their trophyCongratulations to Colombia (St Josephs Boys) who won the inaugural Bray Wanderers Fun World Cup at the weekend. They beat Greece (Cabinteely Boys) after extra time in a thrilling final at the Carlisle Grounds on Saturday. The boys were presented with a replica of the famous trophy in the main stand and then the celebrations began. It was the perfect climax to what had been a fantastic day in wonderful weather for all the family at the Carlisle Grounds – with football, demonstrations from other sports, bouncy castles, face-painting and a whole host of other activities. A big WELL DONE to everyone concerned for a brilliant day. See Gallery for pictures from the event.

    Fixture change

    June 27, 2014June 27, 2014
    Derry_City_FC CrestThe SSE Airtricity League game between Derry City and Bray Wanderers at the Brandywell, originally scheduled for 11th July has been re-scheduled for Sunday the 13th July with a 5pm kick-off.

    Seagulls captain O’Connor announces retirement

    June 26, 2014June 26, 2014
    Danny O'ConnorBray Wanderers club captain Danny O’Connor has decided to retire from football. The 33-year-old defender made the difficult decision following a number of injuries that have restricted the popular player to just a handful of appearances this season. Speaking to www.braywanderers.ie Danny said: “It was a difficult decision but one I feel is the right one. Bray Wanderers has been a big part of my footballing career and I felt that unless I was able to contribute 100% for the club and the supporters it was unfair to carry on.” O’Connor is known among the Seagulls faithful for being a big presence both on and off the field – and he played a key role in the successful battle to avoid relegation last season. He made a total of 126 appearances and scored 13 goals for Wanderers, having started his senior playing career at the Carlisle Grounds in 1999. In 2001, he moved to Drogheda United before returning to the Carlisle Grounds in 2010 after spells at Longford Town, Shamrock Rovers and Newry. He played his last match against Bohemians earlier this month. O’Connor added: “I would like to place on record my appreciation to all at the club for their support down the years. The players that I have played with and all the coaches and managers that I worked under at the club. I would like to thank Alan Mathews and Barry O'Connor for all that they have helped me with this season, also the Board of Directors and all those who work tirelessly at the club. “Last but not least our supporters who have always supported the team home and away - your support is really appreciated and I will miss that most of all. I will still be at the Carlisle to cheer the guys on and no doubt I will be kicking every ball!" Bray Wanderers manager Alan Mathews paid tribute to O’Connor, describing him as an inspirational player who always gave his best. “We will miss a player with the calibre of Danny and I know that he is Bray Wanderers through and through. His commitment for the club was never in doubt but unfortunately he has had to call it a day. I wish him well for the future and I know that he will be supporting the team for the rest of the season" Seagulls Chairman Eddie Cox also paid tribute to Danny. "The word legend is sometimes overused but I think in this case it is appropriate. Danny has been a rock for the club both on and off the pitch and his vocal encouragement and leadership will be greatly missed,” he said.

    Bray Wanderers to take on Red Devils

    June 20, 2014June 20, 2014
    Manchester-United-logoIrish football fans will get the opportunity to witness the start of Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United revolution when the Red Devils take on Bray Wanderers next month. The Old Trafford club are sending their reserves to face the Seagulls in a glamour friendly at the Carlisle Grounds on Sunday, July 20th – with fans encouraged to come and see the next Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes or David Beckham to emerge from the United ranks. And the day is shaping up to be one of the best of the summer for the town – because the match takes place during the Co Wicklow town’s Bray SummerFest and football fans will be able to watch the match and also see the immensely popular Bray Air Display on the same day. Wanderers chairman Eddie Cox said: “We’re thrilled to welcome United to Wicklow and thrilled that they’re coming during the Bray SummerFest. There’s going to be a real party atmosphere in the town and an enormous amount to see and do for the whole community. “We’ve got one of Ireland’s top football teams testing themselves against the best youngsters from one of the world’s biggest clubs – and we’ve also got all the fun and excitement of the Bray Air Display and the other SummerFest activities. “It’s the perfect day for families to come and see the progress we’re making turning the club into a real community institution – and also to see the town at its best.” On the field it will be very much a glimpse of the future as the United squad will be packed with under-21 stars eager to show new boss Van Gaal what they can offer. Bray manager Alan Mathews is looking forward to his young squad showing what they can do against highly-rated opposition. “This match is the perfect opportunity for our players to go out and play against opposition of this calibre. It’ll be a fantastic occasion for the fans to come and see a top class club side play in Bray. It is great to have Manchester United come to Bray and I would like to thank and acknowledge all of those who have worked tirelessly in the background to make this happen.”   Tickets are available from the Carlisle Grounds,  St Josephs FC Sallynoggin or at www.ticketgroup.ie   Cost -    Adults  -  €15 -    Child under 16  -  €10

    Bray Wanderers in new partnership with Shoreline Leisure

    June 13, 2014June 13, 2014
    Kevin Kelly, Manager of Shoreline Leisure , puts Wanderers player, Rob Maloney, through his paces

    The Bray Wanderers players will be fighting fit for their matches after they formed a new partnership with Shoreline Leisure.

    The Seagulls’ players will receive membership of the Shoreline Leisure Bray on the Southern Cross Road as part of a contra sponsorship deal estimated to be worth €40,000 over a five year period to the Airtricity League Premier Division football club.

    They’ll be able to work on their strength and conditioning by using the leisure centre’s state-of-the-art facilities, which include hi-tech gyms and weights rooms, sports halls and fitness classes – while the squad can also use the swimming pools for recovery sessions after matches.

    The partnership has been hailed as a perfect match between Wicklow’s premier health and fitness group and Wicklow’s premier football team.

    It is the latest move by Wanderers to enlist the support of local business since the club embarked on radical new campaign to secure their future by forming a community-owned company – Bray Wanderers Community Football Club (BWCFC) – to help raise funds to run the football club and finance projects to develop amenities for the local community at the Carlisle Grounds.

    The 300 Club launched by BWCFC at the beginning of May has already seen a significant take up of the memberships.

    Shoreline Leisure have fitness centres in Bray and Greystones – boasting swimming pools, state-of-the-art gyms and weights rooms, sports halls and fitness classes. The company also has the Shoreline Sports Park in Charlesland, which has a 400m all-weather athletics track, astro pitches, tennis and basketball courts, rock climbing and other facilities.

    Shoreline Leisure Bray manager Kevin Kelly said: “This is a great partnership for Shoreline Leisure and Bray Wanderers – Wicklow’s premier health and fitness group with Wicklow’s premier football club.

    “These are exciting times at Bray Wanderers and we’re thrilled to be able to play our part by getting involved and supporting the team – it’s great to think that we have a role to play in the success of the Seagulls!”

    “We are looking forward to having the likes of Jake Kelly and Robert Maloney rubbing shoulders with our other Shoreline members, who will be able to witness the kind of dedication elite athletes put into their fitness regimes. It can only have a positive impact on those wanting to lead healthier lifestyles.”

    Bray Wanderers President Philip Hannigan said: “This partnership with Shoreline Leisure is precisely the sort of support that will help Bray Wanderers deliver for our community both on and off the pitch.

    “Since launching the new Bray Wanderers Community Football Club initiative we’ve had a great response from the supporters, local businesses and the community in general – they realise the more we put into our local football club, the more everyone will benefit from it.”

    Bray Wanderers manager Alan Mathews said that the fans should see the benefits of the new partnership on the pitch.

    “Myself and the players are really excited by this deal and are very grateful for the help and support given to us by Shoreline we are delighted to have formed an alliance with them. Strength and conditioning is now an integral part of player development and has become a vey important facet of the game. The state-of-the-art gym facilities at Shoreline will help players develop strength, speed and endurance and therefore allow them to make the most of their ability.”

    “In addition to the top class gym facilities Shoreline provide us with we have the added benefit of being able to conduct recovery sessions in the swimming pool, which hopefully will lead to injury prevention going forward. Our Physio Ed Foley and Fitness coach Ross Hamilton are developing programmes for the players and working with them on an individual basis and from a manager’s perspective, anything that encourages the players to work hard and improve themselves is most welcome.”

    2014 Home & Away strips unveiled

    June 13, 2014
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    Bray Wanderers Launched New Home And Away Jerseys For The 2014 Season

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    Bray Wanderers are delighted to announce that the new Jerseys for the 2014 season have been launched.

    Bray Wanderers recently announced plans to revolutionise the structure of the club by becoming an entirely community owned club. The aim is ensuring the club's long-term future. Club President Philip Hannigan said "The old way of running the club wasn't working. A new business model was needed, and we believe this is it.

    Bray Wanderers hope the revolutionary plans they have announced for the club will create a blueprint for football clubs in Ireland. Supporters Club chairman Terry O'Neill said "This is a revolutionary new way of running an Airtricity Premier League Club and as a supporter I fully endorse the efforts that are going into this new initiative. It will be a massive boost for the whole community and could prove to be the template for clubs like ours to thrive in the future.

     

    New Plans

    April 8, 2014April 8, 2014
    newsBray Wanderers hope the revolutionary plans they have announced for the club will create a blueprint for football clubs in Ireland. Supporters Club chairman Terry O'Neill said "This is a revolutionary new way of running an Airtricity Premier League Club and as a supporter I fully endorse the efforts that are going into this new initiative. It will be a massive boost for the whole community and could prove to be the template for clubs like ours to thrive in the future.

    Community Owned Club

    April 8, 2014
    revolutioniseBray Wanderers recently announced plans to revolutionise the structure of the club by becoming an entirely community owned club. The aim is ensuring the club's long-tern future. Club President Philip Hannigan said "The old way of running the club wasn't working. A new business model was needed, and we believe this is it.