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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New Kit Launched

December 22, 2014December 22, 2014
New Home JerseyBray 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 the weekend of 25 January 2015. Further details will follow.

Bray home to Drogheda Utd in first game of 2015 season

December 16, 2014
SSE Airtricity LeagueBray Wanderers' first game of the 2015 season is against Drogheda Utd at the Carlisle on Saturday 7th March with a 5.45pm kick off. Wanderers will play all their home game on Saturday evenings with a 5.45pm kick off - with the exception of three mid-week games. See fixture list on this website.

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

Wanderers u19′s through to Cup Quarter Finals

December 14, 2014December 14, 2014
Michael BrownFINN HARPS u19's 3-5 BRAY WANDERERS u19's Bray cruised into the Quarter-Finals of the Enda McGuill Cup with a strong performance against Finn Harps this afternoon. Tom Walsh put the visitors ahead on the quarter hour, and although the Harps equalised just before the half-hour mark, new Bray signing Paddy Obijuru restored his side's lead three minutes later. Ten minutes into the second period, Harps were level again courtesy of the unfortunate Jason Ryan, who misdirected the ball past Gavin Sheridan. But a rapid-fire brace by Michael Brown (pictured) put the Seagulls two up, and with Oscar Brennan adding an insurance goal with ten minutes to go, not even a last-minute score by the home side could give them hope. Bray Wanderers Team: 32 Gavin Sheridan; 2 Daniel Blackbyrne, 19 Aaron Byrne, 15 Thomas Walsh, 21 Nathan Brennan; 10 Dylan Travers, 24 Darragh Noone, 16 Oscar Brennan, 11 Michael Brown; 13 Thomas Rowan, 18 Patrick Obijuru, Substitutes: 1 Marcin Kowalczyk (gk), 4 Jason Ryan (for Byrne 46 inj), 6 Paul Murphy (for Blackbyrne 46 inj), 9 Ryan Swan, 14 Cian O'Sullivan (for Noone 66), 20 Nathan O'Rourke (for Obijuru 80)

2015 SEASON TICKET NEWS

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.

Stephen McGuinness scoops all awards

November 9, 2014November 9, 2014
P O T Y Stephen McGuinness with Brian Quigley and Theresa WatersThe annual Bray Wanderers Supporters Club Awards Night was held on Saturday night at the Barracuda, Seafront, Bray. Goalkeeper Stephen McGuinness scooped all the awards open to him when he was voted Player of the Year by the Supporters Club members. In addition, he collected awards for u19 Player of the Year (2013/14) and Young Player of the Year (Billy Keogh award). Jake Kelly picked up the Sean Keane Memorial Trophy for leading goalscorer. Winner of the Bray Wanderers Hall of Fame award was Colm Tresson. 2014 Personal Contribution Award were made to the following - Martina O'Neill, Lillian Davis, Lindsay O'Neill, Martina Mc Manus, Vikki O'Toole, Joe Morris, Paddy Reale, Robert Glynn, Clare Murray, Stephen Murtagh, Ailish Kelly, Simon O'Neill, Charlie Kavanagh, Vincent Kirwan and Mick Tierney. See Gallery for more photos of the awards night.

Live Scoring direct to your mobile device!

October 15, 2014October 15, 2014
Bray Wanderers 30th Anniversary CrestBray Wanderers in association with ClubApp Live Scoring will now be able to bring Live Scoring direct to your mobile device!   You can download our FREE ClubApp here or by using the link below on your mobile device.   https://clubapplive.com/braywanderers   Download our ClubApp When you first click on the link you must then add it to your home screen on iPhone or bookmark it on Android phones. You can then go into the App at anytime to see how the clubs matches are going. ClubApp is a Web-App so it can be used on ALL Smart Phone’s, Tablets & Computers to follow our games LIVE.   The Live Launch We are officially going Live with our very own personalized Bray Wanderers ClubApp for the remainder of the 2014 season. So if you can’t make it to the remaining games then you will be able to follow our progress from anywhere in the World, Live!   Features
  • Follow All Bray Wanderers Teams
  • View Appearances/Goals/Assists & Cards of each player
  • Up coming fixtures
  • View Results of any match
  • Share on Facebook / Twitter / or by Email & Text
  Pass It On Pass the link on by text to all Bray Wanderers players, family, supporters and affiliates at home or overseas so they can keep up to date in real-time with Every Match!!   We hope you enjoy using our new ClubApp. ClubApp Live scoring - Keeping the Fans informed.    

Manchester Utd programme now back in stock

September 25, 2014September 25, 2014
Man Utd programmeThe Match programme Bray Wanderers v Manchester United X1, 20 July 2014, is now on sale from club on line shop at http://www.braywanderers.com/showarticle.php?id=610 The programme was sold out on the day and extra copies have now been reprinted.