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Preseason friendly v Waterford now behind Closed Doors

Our men’s fourth preseason game scheduled for tomorrow Saturday 3rd February in Dublin will now be played behind closed doors.

The club has previously received advice from the venue that spectators would be allowed attend. However due to lack of appropriate medical and stewarding staff we have been advised the game will now be closed to the public.

Pre-season Friendly v Longford Town off

The men’s preseason fixture v Longford Town scheduled for later today Tuesday 23rd January has been called off due to the weather conditions.

The next men’s pre-season friendly will take place this Saturday 27th January against Galway United hosted by Westport United in Westport at 2:30pm.

Open Day for Super Reds on 14th January

The 2024 Super Reds open day will take place on Sunday 14th January in The Showgrounds.

Registration for the event itself will open from 1.15pm in our clubhouse, with activities on the day commencing from 2pm and finishing at 3:30pm.

Please note this event is exclusive to our Super Red members for 2024 however there is still time to become a Super Red by purchasing a Super Red Season Ticket using the link below:

Our Super Reds will receive their free training kit on the day along with their 2024 Season Ticket. (Providing the application is received by the club before January 12th). As always, all new Super Reds are welcome and encouraged to join.

Along with this, every Super Red member will get the opportunity to meet our first team players, whilst also enjoying fun and games on the clubs astro pitch with them.

The club requests that all Super Reds must be accompanied by a parent on the day.

The clubs merchandise shop will be open from 1.30pm.

If you would like your child to become a Super Red for 2024 there is still time. You can apply by selecting Super Red Season Ticket in the below link:

Sligo Rovers FC Football & Social Responsibility (FSR) Officer

Sligo Rovers wish to recruit a Football & Social Responsibility (FSR) Officer who will be responsible for delivery of a Football Community Engagement Strategy for the Club.

The Full Time role will involve the development and implementation of the Club’s social responsibility policy and procedures using football as the mechanism to have a positive and sustainable impact on the community in the region.

Specific Duties

  • Act as a single FSR point of contact for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Coordinate and oversee the club’s FSR and sustainability strategy, using UEFA’s Football Sustainability Strategy 2030 and the forthcoming FAI FSR Strategy 2024-2028 as a framework.
  • Develop and promote FSR guidelines, policies and activities.
  • Guide decision-making processes to improve overall club performance and support strategic objectives.
  • Advocate for sustainable practices in all aspects of Sligo Rovers FC’s operations, ranging from resource management to waste control.
  • Contribute to the achievement of measurable long-term sustainability objectives and KPIs.
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to coordinate the design, development and delivery of socially focussed programmes, services and events in the football club’s local community.
  • Liaise and cooperate with a broad range of community service providers including the Local Authority, Sports Partnership, Social Services, various Government Departments and other relevant statutory agencies in the design, development and delivery of socially focussed programmes.
  • Liaise and cooperate with a variety of community groups and organisations to develop and maintain the club in community relationships and to identify target clientele for the club’s FSR programmes.
  • Co-ordinate the delivery of a range of football themed education/health focussed programmes in the community including (but not limited to) programmes for schoolchildren, older people, people with disabilities and other groups from marginalised and disadvantaged areas.
  • Plan your own work schedule and set work targets in consultation with Club Management Committee
  • Approach the role with a strategic mindset with a view to the growth and sustainability of the club’s FSR remit.
  • Keep up to date with local, regional and national developments in the education, health and welfare sector, in relation to both policy and practice.
  • Identify opportunities to create new income streams via fundraising events, philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, charitable foundations and EU and statutory funding avenues and apply for relevant grants related to the club’s ongoing FSR work.
  • Liaise with the Club Board to explore and develop the commercial potential of the services delivered by the Club’s FSR activity.
  • Collate information and prepare reports for the Club Board and programme funders.

Key Skills Required

  • Experience of working in community development projects/social inclusion programmes with economically, socially, geographically and / or educationally disadvantaged people
  • Experience of leading / managing projects or programmes
  • Demonstrate strong stakeholder management skills with ability to build and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Have an understanding of the third sector (not-for-profit sector) and how it is funded
  • Have an understanding of how social enterprises operate
  • Knowledge and experience of fund-raising for not-for-profit organisations(s) would be an advantage.
  • Knowledge of national and local statutory agencies which could directly affect the project is essential in particular, Local Authorities, Education and Training Boards and the Health Service Executive.
  • Have a sound understanding of the promotion of social inclusion through sport.


  • Third level academic qualification in Sport, Social Science / Social Care, Youth Community Studies or Business Studies or other relevant qualifications or experience.
  • A recognised training qualification (e.g. Train the Trainer QQI level 6) although not essential would be an advantage.

Other desirable abilities, skills and knowledge

  • A knowledge of the role of the local statutory and voluntary sectors in relation to sports development
  • A knowledge of the local and regional football landscape and how League of Ireland clubs operate although not essential would be an advantage
  • Proven ability to think and plan strategically with a focus on future challenges
  • A highly motivated professional, solution focused and accountable in all that you do
  • Energetic personality – resilient, results driven and flexible in both working hours and in approach to unfamiliar/changing situations.
  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills, with the ability to prioritise and meet deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills are essential to the role with the ability to interact with sensitivity, efficiency and professionalism.
  • Have good listening skills, be non-judgemental and possess an empathetic and understanding nature.
  • Creative, innovative, proactive and pragmatic
  • Be resourceful with excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Strong and confident communicator (both written and verbal) including ability to draft summary information and correspondence.
  • Proven self-initiative.
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Competence in IT systems
  • Resilient and results focused.
  • Excellent report writing skills.
  • Flexible and adaptable in approach
  • A keen interest in football is essential.
  • Full driving license.

Application Process

The Club reserves the right to select a shortlist from the applications received.

This appointment is supported through and by Sligo County Council. Sligo Rovers is an equal opportunities employer.

Interested applicants should forward application and CV to the following email address – – before 5pm on 31 January 2024.

Owen Elding signs first professional contract

Owen Elding has signed his first professional contract with the club. The 17 year old striker joins a number of players who have come through the Rovers academy.

Owen Elding: 

“I’m really happy to sign my first professional contract, it’s a dream come true. I have worked my way through the academy and am very thankful it has paid off. 

“I made 4 appearances last year and it was a proud day when I made my debut. I have grown up going to the games and taking in the atmosphere, and I hope there’s more to come next year”

John Russell:

“Owen is a really good prospect, he’s a player of huge potential. He has proven he can goals at each age group through the academy level”

“We know him from last year obviously where he got some game time which was a fantastic achievement. He’s only 17, and his game is only going to get better but we feel he is capable of making the step up to senior level”

500 Club Results – October/ November/ December

The 500 Club members draw for October, November and December was made recently by the 500 Club Committee.

These monthly draws see ten members drawn each month for cash prizes, with the top prize being €500.

The 500 Club continues to be one of the club’s most important Fundraisers and we wish to thank all members, and the 500 Club committee for their continued hard work.

October 2023

  • €500 Michael Cawley – Castletown, Waterford
  • €100 Eddie Grey – Cartron Heights, Sligo
  • €100 Blaine Gaffney – Summerhill Village, Sligo
  • €100 Michael Morahan – Leitrim Village, Co. Leitrim
  • €100 Geoffrey Rose – Bennets Bridge, Co. Kilkenny
  • €100 David Cummins -Hazlewood Ave, Co. Sligo
  • €100 Marcel Gordon, Knocknahur, Co. Sligo
  • €100 Dermot O’Hara, Five-mile-bourne, Co. Sligo
  • €100 Mark Dunne, Charles St., Sligo
  • €100 Bryan Armstrong, Rosses Point, Co. Sligo

November 2023

  • €500 Joe Gilroy – The Orchard, Kevinsfort, Sligo
  • €100 Paul Mulligan – Rosehill, Sligo
  • €100 Jane Nugent – Ballygawley, Sligo
  • €100 Brian McDonagh – Strandhill Rd, Sligo
  • €100 Michael McDonnell – Knocknarea, Co. Sligo
  • €100 Conal McGlone – Knocknaganny Park, Sligo
  • €100 Peter Houze – Cartron Bay, Sligo
  • €100 Ray McSharry – Pearse Rd, Sligo
  • €100 James Cafferty – Charlestown, Co. Mayo
  • €100 Peter Kilgallon – The Mall, Sligo

December 2023

  • €500 Brenda Kearns – Boyle, Co. Roscommon
  • €100 James Creed – Rosses Point, Co. Sligo
  • €100 Ryan Quinn – Tonaphubble, Sligo
  • €100 Padraig McGlone – Chapel St, Sligo
  • €100 John Toolan – Gurteen, Co. Sligo
  • €100 Eamon Fox – Crozon Downs, Sligo
  • €100 David Chatterton – Homechurch, Essex, England
  • €100 Ciaran Coleman – Riverstown, Sligo
  • €100 Eoin Armstrong – Rosses Point, Co. Sligo
  • €100 Gary Kelly – Carndonagh, Co. Donegal

Ellis Chapman joins Rovers on loan

The club are pleased to announce the signing of Ellis Chapman from Cheltenham Town FC. The 22 year old midfielder will join the club on loan until the end of June.

John Russell:

“Yeah, I’m really happy to get a player like Ellis into the club. He’s a box to box midfielder with a really good passing range. For such a young player he has a really good pedigree of experience, he’s only 22 but he has played a lot of games at a high level.

“He was with Cheltenham when they won League Two, and played a lot of games with them in League One as well. In conversations with him I know he is excited to come over big impact on the team, and I’m delighted to get him on board”

Ellis Chapman:

“I knew about the club and the ambition the club had from obviously Reece Hutchinson who I’m very close with. Then meeting up with the manager confirmed everything for me, talking about the way his team plays and the ambitions he has with the team.

“Coming to Sligo will be a new, fresh start for me which is something I’ve been looking for, I would like to get a run of games and show the fans and the club what I can do. I’m really looking forward to the challenge and with no hesitation I will give my all for the club. I cannot wait to get started and with hard work hopefully getting the club back competing towards the top end of the division”

The club would like to thank all supporters who have purchased their Season Tickets for 2024, and expect to announce more squad news in the coming weeks.

Simon Power added to 2024 squad

The club are pleased to announce Simon Power has joined the club for the upcoming 2024 season.

The 25 year old Greystones native joins following a number of seasons with Shamrock Rovers. Prior to this he had a successful period in the UK where he made 39 League Two appearances for Harrogate Town.

The winger can play on either wing and becomes the third new addition to the squad following the addition of JR Wilson and Wilson Waweru.

John Russell:

“I am delighted to get Simon to the club. He is an exciting attacking player with the ability to get fans out of their seats. He has experience in the League of Ireland and League Two and at 25 I feel he is hungry to show the quality he has at this club.”

Simon Power:

“I am delighted to sign for the club, it’s good to get the deal done as it’s been in the works over the last few weeks.

“I am still young but I have a lot of games under my belt. My main attribute is pace and power and can get bums off seats and get the crowd going. I am looking forward to getting going now.”

The club today also unveiled a new away kit, which will join our current home and away jersey for 2024. The new kit is available for purchase at our Showgrounds Megastore which is open every day until Christmas Eve.

Full Time Officer to be Appointed for Work in The Community

Sligo Rovers are pleased to announce our commitment to significantly enhance the club’s community work and engagement with the appointment of a full-time Football & Social Responsibility (FSR) Officer next year.

While the club has been heavily involved in community activities for many years, Sligo Rovers will, for the first time, advertise for the position of a full-time FSR officer in the first week of January.

The new role, supported by Sligo County Council, will involve using the attraction of football to have a positive impact in many areas of social importance in the Region. 

This will include the delivery of football themed socially focused programmes and events, developing the Clubs community relationships, as well as sustainability measures in line with UEFA’s football sustainability strategy 2030.

Chairman Tommy Higgins said this will be a major boost to the Club’s involvement and activities in the community:

“This is an exciting new chapter in our club’s history. Support of the community has always been at the heart of our club and we see this appointment as a vital element in the future development of Sligo Rovers.

“It will mean as a club we will be able to further our work in the community and make a hugely positive impact across the region”

Full details of the post and closing date for applications will be advertised in the first week of January.

Striker Wilson Waweru joins the Bit O’Red

John Russell has added his second new addition to his squad for the upcoming 2024 season.

22 year old centre forward Wilson Waweru joins from Galway United after a successful loan spell with Cobh Ramblers where he scored 13 goals from open play last season. The player joins on a two year deal.

John Russell:

“Wilson is a very good player that I am excited to bring to the club. He came through the Galway United academy and always stood out when he broke through to their first team.

“I have tracked his development and he is moving to us after scoring a lot of goals at Cobh last year.

“He is a natural finisher, he’s quick, strong, and capable of running in behind. He comes to us at a good age and is a player I’m excited to have with us next year”

Wilson Waweru:

“I am very happy to join the club. I see myself as an out and out number 9 and a focal point up top. I was happy to make the move to Cobh last year particularly with the quality of the goals scored and assists I made.

“I am looking forward to the step up in quality in the Premier Division. I feel I am becoming a better player every year, with the quality of players at this club I feel I can bring that form with me next year.

More news is expected this week as John Russell continues to build his squad for the upcoming season.