Cabinteely and Bray Wanderers merge to form new club

Newly merged entity will play at the Carlisle Grounds and apply for First Division status

The new club will play at the Carlisle Grounds in Bray. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The new club will play at the Carlisle Grounds in Bray. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

 

Bray Wanderers and Cabinteely FC will merge to form a single club ahead of next season.

The newly merged entity will play at the Carlisle Grounds, Bray’s current home, and will apply to compete in the First Division.

Bray chairman Niall O’Driscoll will retire from his current role while his counterpart at Cabinteely Tony Richardson will become chairman of the new club. Cabinteely director of football Pat Devlin will continue in the same role at the merged club.

It is unclear at this stage what name will be given to the new grouping.

Incoming chairman Richardson said the following:

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our two renowned clubs to establish a great good for football on a local, regional and national level. It is also very much in line with FAI encouragement for clubs to seek ways of co-operating more closely together.

“With the coming together of both clubs, we will see a further strengthening of football for the generations to come and a commitment towards the continuing advancement of our combined club, and many partner clubs, for the football communities who we will continue to serve in the months, years, and decades ahead.”

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