Galway United name set for return

Galway FC manager Tommy Dunne.
Galway FC manager Tommy Dunne.

It was what the fans wanted, and it was always likely to happen – the Board of Galway FC have confirmed that from next season, the club will operate under the name of Galway United FC.

The club confirmed following Sunday’s draw with Wexford Youths that the licence application for 2015 will be submitted under the name of Galway United Football Club, with a statement from the club stating that “the Board recognises the importance of restoring and building upon the rich tradition and heritage of Galway United in the hearts and minds of both the footballing and wider community in Galway as well as further afield and looks forward in coming years to replicating the on-field success of this season’s campaign”.

The move to cement the new club in the community will take another step this coming Friday night when supporters attending the first-leg of the promotion play-off with Shelbourne will receive an information sheet about the new Galway soccer co-op, which will be launched in December.

A working group has been meeting for the past number of months to put together a co-operative structure, which will initially have two seats on the board of Galway FC/Galway United, an equal share with the other four stakeholders of the Galway FA, Galway United Supporters Trust, Mervue United and Salthill Devon.

The co-op is not intended to replace the GUST, but rather it is the intention that it will eventually assume control of the club in the coming years, providing the Galway public rows behind the new venture to make it a viable organisation.

ON the pitch, the side confirmed their place in the First Division promotion play-off with a 2-2 draw at home to Wexford Youths. Jake Keegan twice gave the home side the lead, but they were pegged back on both occasions.

That meant they finished third in the table, and so will host Shelbourne in the promotion first-leg in Eamonn Deacy Park this Friday night (7.45pm), with the second leg in Tolka Park on Friday week, October 24. The winners of that tie will face the side that finishes 11th in the Premier Division in a two-leg promotion/relegation final on Monday October 27 and Friday October 31.