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Dundalk 5-1 Bray Wanderers

July 28, 2014July 28, 2014
Joe Gorman in action at Oriel ParkWanderers suffered a heavy defeat at Oriel Park on Sunday evening at a very wet Oriel Park, going down on a 1-5 scoreline. They got off to the worst possible start being a goal down after only 2 minutes. Dundalk then added a second on 25 minutes to go in at the break in control. Dundalk added two more on 58 and 62 minutes. Ismahil Akinade scored a consolation goal for the Seagulls on 83 minutes but the home side added a fifth a minute later to see them run out convincing winners.

Bray Wanderers 1-1 QPR

July 26, 2014July 26, 2014
Michael Brown in action at the CarlisleWanderers completed their Festival of Soccer friendlies with a deserved 1-1 with a QPR XI at the Carlisle on Saturday. After a scoreless first half in which both sides had chances the home side took the lead 2 minutes after the break with a brilliant Ryan Coombes strike.   Wanderers changed their entire team during the second half and just as it seemed the Seagulls would hold on for a win the visitors equalised with just three minutes remaining.   QPR's Aaron Mitchell hitting a 20 yard screamer which gave the Seagulls 'keeper Gavin Sheridan no chance.

Bray Wanderers 1-0 Manchester United XI

July 20, 2014July 20, 2014
Ciaran Byrne goes highest at the CarlisleBray Wanderers left their recent League form behind them with a splendid 1-0 win over a Manchester United XI at a sun drenched Carlisle this afternoon. The Seagulls played some sparkling football at time and ran out deserving winners thanks to a Jake Kelly strike on 41 minutes. It is to be hoped that Wanderers can carry on this form into the League game away to Dundalk next Sunday.

Martin O’Neill visits Carlisle

July 19, 2014July 19, 2014
Republic of Ireland Manager, Martin O'Neill, signs an autograph during his visit to the CarlisleRepublic of Ireland Manager Martin O'Neill was a welcome visitor to the Carlisle on Friday night to see the Bray Wanderers -v- Shamrock Rovers game. See Gallery for pictures of his visit.

U19 Fixtures released

July 18, 2014July 18, 2014
Bray Wanderers CrestBray Wanderers under 19 team start the 2014/15 season  on 31st August with a bye.  They then have a home fixture against Wexford Youth on 7th September.  For full under 19 fixture list click on Club then on under 19 team.

Joe Gorman added to squad

July 18, 2014
Joe GormanBray Wanderers are pleased to announce the signing of 19 year old defender Joe Gorman from Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Philly Hughes signs for Seagulls

July 18, 2014
Philly HughesBray Wanderers completed the signing of striker Philly Hughes from Drogheda Utd.   Philly has played with a number of Clubs in the League of Ireland and brings with him a wealth of experience which will benefit the younger members of the squad.

Michael Barker joins the Seagulls

July 16, 2014July 16, 2014
Michael BarkerBray Wanderers today completed the signing of 20 year old defender Michael Barker from UCD.  He previously played for Bohemians.  Michael is a former u19 International.

Fixture date change

July 16, 2014
Limerick_FC_logoThe SSE Airtricity League fixture between Limerick FC and Bray Wanderers originally scheduled for Friday, 8th August has been rescheduled for Thursday, 7th August at Thomond Park with a kick-off time of 7.45 pm.

Chairman reassures fans on the future

July 11, 2014July 11, 2014
Eddie Cox04smallerBray Wanderers have moved to reassure their supporters and the wider community that the Seagulls are in good hands after a media report based on last year’s accounts suggested that there was ‘significant doubt’ about the future of the club. Chairman Eddie Cox said that since those accounts were filed significant steps have been taken to put Bray Wanderers on a more secure and sustainable footing. Read more...

Seagulls add to squad

July 10, 2014July 10, 2014
Gareth McDonaghBray Wanderers completed the signing of Gareth McDonagh.  18 year old McDonagh who hails from Greystones signed from Glasgow Celtic.

Jake Kelly is Player of the Month for June

July 9, 2014July 9, 2014
Jake Kelly 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 Coombes20 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.

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.

Seagulls captain O’Connor announces retirement

June 26, 2014June 26, 2014
Bray 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 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.