Bray Wanderers legal action finds resolution

Case by Bray Wanderers against three men over running of club has been settled

Bray Wanderers Carlisle grounds in Bray, Co Wicklow: a case involving a dispute with three men and the running of the club has been settled. Photograph: James Crombie

Bray Wanderers Carlisle grounds in Bray, Co Wicklow: a case involving a dispute with three men and the running of the club has been settled. Photograph: James Crombie

 

A legal action by the owners of Bray Wanderers FC against three individuals arising from a dispute over the running of the soccer club has been resolved.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan last week granted Bray Wanderers Ltd temporary injunctions against John Deering, a former director and minority shareholder; Paul Lennon, who had an agreement to sell advertising for Bray Wanderers; and former goalkeeper Darren Quigley.

Scope of injunctions

Carlisle Grounds

When the matter returned before the court yesterday, the judge was told, following discussions between the parties, the injunction proceedings were not going ahead as the three defendants were prepared to give a number of undertakings.

The three agreed not to trespass on the grounds without prior arrangement, although they may attend football matches and other public events without prior engagement and authorisation.

They also agreed not to publish any information purporting to be official information from the club company.

They further agreed not to misrepresent or impersonate directors of the company, claim to act in an official capacity or call official meetings of the club.

Mr Deering also agreed to delete all data in his possession obtained through accessing the company’s email account server and website system.

Brian Conway, for the three men, said they were happy to consent to the undertakings.

Companies Registration Office

As part of the company’s claim, it had been alleged Mr Deering filed official papers with the Companies Registration Office which purported to record the removal of four directors of Bray Wanderers Ltd and the appointment of Mr Deering as director.

Counsel said his client wants to have those filings annulled, and the status quo restored.

Mr Deering, Kilgobbin Road, Stepaside, Dublin, is a former director and a small shareholder in the company (with a 2.26 per cent shareholding). Mr Quigley, Charlesland Wood, Charlesland, Greystones, Co Wicklow, and Mr Lennon, Mill Meadows, Arklow, Co Wicklow, were in dispute with the club over money they claimed to be owed.

Last week, when seeking the injunction, the company said it had no option due to the alleged actions of the three individuals, including allegedly putting a recent league match against Derry City in jeopardy. That game did proceed.

It was claimed Mr Deering represented himself as a director and said he was taking charge of the club’s affairs and had purported to organise official meetings of the club.

Media interviews

The company argued that Mr Deering was not a director and had no authority to take charge.

The judge gave both sides liberty to return to court should the need arise.