Bray Wanderers 30th Anniversary Crest

    The 2015 season will be the 30th anniversary since Bray Wanderers FC was elected into the League of Ireland and it is in this landmark year that we are delighted to announce that the club is to be taken over by new owners.

    McGettigan’s Group expects to purchase the majority shareholding of Bray Wanderers Football Club in the coming weeks, with the main aim of getting the club back up the league where it belongs. The McGettigan family has had The Royal Hotel in their name for the past 33 years and they are delighted to announce that the hotel will be coming on board as the main sponsor of Bray Wanderers 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.

    McGettigan’s Group currently owns several bars and a hotel in the UAE, including 3 pubs in Dubai and 1 in Abu Dhabi. In total, the group owns 10 hotels and 7 bars, with 2 on the way in March 2015 with the opening of bars in both New York and Singapore. There will also be a further 3 bars due to open in September 2015 – including the McGettigan’s Bar at The Royal Hotel in Bray.

    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 the 8TH September 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.

    Dennis McGettigan, CEO of the McGettigan Group said, “The emphasis is 100% focused on forging a relationship between The Royal Hotel with the new McGettigan’s Bar (opening in 2015 at the hotel) and the football club. We will be able to give full access of our facilities to the club. 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. 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”, added Dennis McGettigan.

    Bray Wanderers and McGettigan’s Brand Director, Declan Pierce said, “The aim is to make Bray Wanderers a football club that is run through community support. We are now in a position to start the sale of 2015 season tickets, which are available from the club office at the Carlisle Grounds, The Royal Hotel Bray and Costello Opticians. We have been working with representatives from local clubs; Ardmore Rovers, Phoenix Youth and the Bray Wanderers Supporters Club to prepare for the 2015 season and we are delighted to announce we will be hosting our games on Saturday evenings with a 5.45pm start – this will make it easier for both home and away fans to get to the ground, avoid Friday evening rush hour traffic, and make the games more family-friendly. Finally, we have redesigned the club’s crest with the help of a selection of fans; this change will honour the club’s history and this historic 30th year in the League of Ireland. We have signed a deal with Nike, who will now become the official supplier of the team kits and replica kits for fans. We will have new online sales facilities up and running shortly for fans to purchase the Bray Wanderers kits”.

    Bray Wanderers Director of Football, Alan Matthews commented, “We are trying to make a positive change to the match-day experience at the Carlisle Grounds and playing on Saturday evening will give the club this opportunity”.

    Speaking about the change within Bray Wanderers, Chairman Denis O’Connor said, “In the coming season, we see the football club being run by a Board of Management on a voluntary basis. At the end of the day this journey will not be possible without the support of the community of Bray or indeed the loyal supporters of our football team. We are extremely excited about welcoming the full crew from the McGettigan’s Group to Bray Wanderers. There is a massive sense of positivity around the Carlisle Grounds again about the future of this proud club”.

    One thing is for sure – Bray Wanderers is now in very good hands. The financial and infrastructural support offered by The Royal Hotel and the McGettigan’s Group means that Bray Wanderers future is very bright. The Seagulls have grown new and very strong wings!

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    Young Seagulls out of Cup

    January 24, 2015January 24, 2015
    Eoin Rossi in controlBRAY WANDERERS u19s 1-2 UCD u19s The young Seagulls exited the quarter final of the Enada McGuill Cup at the Carlisle on Saturday afternoon - beaten by UCD u19s on a 1-2 scoreline. Gareth McDonagh gave Wanderers the lead on 19 minutes - a lead they held until the 62nd minutes when they conceded a needless penalty which was duly dispatched. Worse was to follow 10 minutes later when UCD got the winner to progress to the semi-final. See GALLERY for pictures from the game.

    New range of training and leisurewear launched

    January 16, 2015January 16, 2015
    New gearHere's a preview of some of the ‪#‎BWFC30‬ Nike training and leisurewear ... New online store coming soon!New gear

    New signing

    January 10, 2015January 10, 2015
    Luke GallagherAlan Mathews added to his squad for 2015 by signing 20 year old midfielder Luke Gallagher from Shelbourne.

    New Away Jersey

    January 7, 2015January 7, 2015
    Away jersey for 2015This is the very attractive AWAY jersey for the coming season.

    Seagulls away to Bohs in Leinster Senior Cup

    January 6, 2015January 6, 2015
    Bohemian CrestBray Wanderers have been drawn away to Bohemians in the Leinster Senior Cup. The game will be played at Dalymount Park on Sunday the 22nd February with a 3pm kick-off.

    More additions to squad

    January 6, 2015
    Bray-Wanderers-CrestAlan Mathews has just confirmed that Adam Mitchell and Brian Kane have both signed for Bray Wanderers. More to follow soon

    Ryan McEvoy signs

    January 2, 2015January 2, 2015
    Ryan McEvoyRyan McEvoy a 23 year old midfielder today signed for Wanderers from Bohemians.

    Alan McNally signs for the Seagulls

    January 2, 2015
    Alan McNallyAlam Mathews continued his squad building by signing experienced centre back Alan McNally from Drogheda Utd. See full profile on Players on website.

    Mathews adds to squad

    December 23, 2014December 23, 2014
    Daniel OReilly1 IMG9522 kidsManager Alan Mathews has strengthened his squad by signing 17 year old centre back Daniel O'Reilly from Fulham. Daniel who is aa Youth International previously played for Cherry Orchard before moving to Fulham where was involved in the Academy team that won their section of the Academy League.

    New Signing

    December 23, 2014
    Peter DurradAlan Mathews completed the signing of 20 year old Peter Durrad from St Patricks Ath. Peter joined St Patrick's Athletic from Leicester Celtic and played with the club's u19 side in the 2012/13 season. He also played for the club's first team in the 2013 Leinster Senior Cup and was named in Liam Buckley's first team squad for the 2013 league season. Peter also made the bench as an unused substitute in three league games as Pats claimed the 2013 League title.

    New Kit Launched

    December 22, 2014December 22, 2014
    New Home jersey for 2015Bray Wanderers launched their new home kit for the 2015 season. Nike are the new kit manufacturers. The new kit will be on sale early in the new year. See GALLERY for more pictures of the launch.

    Squad for 2015 taking shape

    December 22, 2014
    Chris LyonsSeagulls Manager Alan Mathews has been busy putting together a side that hopefully will take the new look Club to the next level. 8 of last season's squad have re-signed - Stephen McGuinness, Michael Barker, Niall Cooney, Graham Kelly, Adam Hanlon, Dave Scully, David Cassidy and Dean Zambra. In addition two locals have been signed - Hugh Douglas (UCD) and Chris Lyons (Shamrock Rovers) pictured. Jack Memory has also been snapped up from Bohemians. Watch this space for more transfer news.

    U19′s get home draw in Cup Quarter Final

    December 16, 2014December 16, 2014
    CupBray Wanderers u19's will play UCD u19's in the quarter Final of the Enda McGuill u19 Cup. The game will be played at the Carlisle on Saturday 24 January 2015. Kick off is 2pm.

    Bray Wanderers 30th Anniversary this year

    December 16, 2014
    Bray Wanderers 30th Anniversary CrestIn 1985 Bray Wanderers Football Club was elected to the League of Ireland. 2015 will be our 30th Anniversary and to celebrate we are delighted to unveil our very special 30th Anniversary crest for the season ahead. Details of our new kit will be announced here soon. #BWFC30


    December 11, 2014December 11, 2014
    Bray Wanderers 30th Anniversary CrestSeason ticket vouchers for 2015 season are now on sale from Carlisle Grounds & Costello Opticians, Main Street, Bray. Adult €119, Student €79, Child/OAP €49.