Finn Harps game to be streamed for free this weekend

Sligo Rovers will provide a live stream and commentary service for this Sunday afternoon’s pre-season friendly with Finn Harps.

The stream will be provided free of charge for all supporters on the Sligo Rovers YouTube channel.

The link is YouTube.com/SligoRoversTV

The Bit O’ Red take on Harps in The Showgrounds in a behind closed doors game.

Several of the new signings for Rovers will be in action.

The one-camera stream will begin just before kick-off at 2pm.

Commentary will be provided by Darragh Cox.

Sligo Rovers chief executive Colin Feehily said: “We’ve taken this measure so our loyal supporters can see the team in action before the start of the season and to give our fans something to look forward to at a difficult time for everyone.

“We all miss the interaction and the encouragement we receive in The Showgrounds from our supporters, but we’ve still felt an enormous level of support through various remote methods and messages.

“We’re also extremely grateful that the level of fundraising remains so strong.

“We feel it is very important we stay connected with everyone and for our fans to interact with us and each other.

“We hope everyone enjoys the game.”  

Rovers win in Athlone friendly

Sligo Rovers were 3-0 winners against Athlone Town in a pre-season friendly in Lisseywollen on Tuesday.

Goals from Jordan Gibson, John Mahon and Johnny Kenny helped Rovers to the victory.

Gibson scored on his debut from the spot after 30 minutes.

Mahon struck home after a knockdown by Mark Byrne from a corner at the end of the half.

Kenny bagged his first senior goal by beating Michael Schlingermann when one-on-one early in the second half.

Rovers face Finn Harps next up on Sunday afternoon.

Rovers team: Ed McGinty, Colm Horgan, John Mahon, Garry Buckley, Robbie McCourt; Greg Bolger, Niall Morahan, Mark Byrne, Walter Figueira, Jordan Gibson, Johnny Kenny.

Substitutes: Lewis Banks, Trialist, James Robinson, John Russell, David Cawley, Scott Lynch, Darren Collins, Bryan Lynch, Cillian Heaney, Jason Devaney.

Super Reds to meet staff and players via Zoom

Our Super Reds will join members of the management team along with first team players for a meeting via zoom to discuss all things Sligo Rovers ahead of the 2021 campaign later this week.

Our Super Reds were due to visit The Showgrounds earlier this year to meet our management team and players in person, whilst also collecting their packs for 2021.

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, this wasn’t possible.

The club have adopted an initative which is the next best thing, to allow our younger supporters to meet the team virtually.

All Super Reds have been contacted this morning and have been allocated a day and time for their respective meeting.

Please note this Is strictly for 2021 Super Reds only. (Season ticket holders who are 12 years of age and under).

If you would like to join us for this special event and your child is not a Super Red, click here to become a member for 2021 for just €55.

Big Wynne for Joe as he lands Rovers lotto jackpot

Joe Wynne from Coolaney was the latest big winner in the Sligo Rovers lotto as he scooped a recent jackpot of €9650.

When he was contacted by Nigel Collery to say that his lucky numbers of 2, 4, 11, and 19 had come out in the draw, he could hardly believe his luck.

“I have been a Rovers supporter all my life, and for much of that time I have been supporting all their fundraisers through my connection with the Collerys.

“I used to enjoy calling into the shop in Beltra to have a chat with Henry Collery and buy a Rovers lotto ticket, and that tradition has continued on with his son Nigel, another dedicated Rovers supporter.”

Joe has the distinction of having played in the Showgrounds, togging out for ‘The Mill Ballisodare’ in a Junior Cup game in the late 1950s.

He doesn’t remember too much about the game apart from the fact the legendary Nancy Callaghan was in attendance.  Joe recalls the many outstanding local players from that time, including Jimmy Burnside, Bob Monds and Ned Callaghan, and has special memories of seeing them perform in the local MacArthur Cup competition.

Lotto Administrator Frank Beirne congratulated Joe on his win, and said this latest jackpot payout confirms the status of the Sligo Rovers lotto as the most popular local lottery in the region and a major source of funding for the Club.

“While many of our lotto agents are still active during the Covid pandemic, the vast majority of lottery tickets are now purchased online. It’s a very easy and quick way to support the Rovers, tickets can be bought through the club website, and every week we have people on-line from all over the world supporting the draw.

“In the current climate we have a reduced crew and we convene in a safe, socially distanced manner every Monday evening for the weekly draw.”

Joining Frank to assist with the draw are Shane Crossan, Lorraine Beirne, Noel Scott and Pat Wallace.

To play Rovers lotto on-line visit www.sligorovers.com/lotto

Martin Reilly Mazda sponsorship for 2021

Sligo Rovers are delighted with the renewal of a sponsorship agreement with Martin Reilly Mazda which will see the club issued with two 2021 Mazda vehicles for first team manager Liam Buckley and assistant manager John Russell.

The management duo will have the use of the Mazda CX-30 GT Petrol Mild Hybrid and the Mazda 3 Saloon GS-L Sport, finished in Sligo Rovers Red!

Both vehicles are available in Petrol, Mild-Hybrid and Diesel.

The agreement will see Martin Reilly Mazda partner for a second season, after a similar agreement last year.

Speaking at a launch event this morning, manager Liam Buckley spoke about the deal:

“We are really thankful to the guys at Martin Reilly Mazda for coming on board again. They’re one of our key sponsors and their support to John Russell and I is very much appreciated.

“The cars are top of the range and they will certainly help us with our day to day work.”

Speaking on behalf of Martin Reilly Mazda, Brian Reilly says they are thrilled to be involved:

“Martin Reilly Motors are celebrating 36 years in business in Sligo this year and we are delighted to partner with Sligo Rovers in what will hopefully be successful year for both organisations. We wish Liam, John and the entire squad all the best for the year ahead and hopefully we can all be back in the Showgrounds before the end of the year.”

Martin Reilly Mazda is located in Carraroe in Sligo. They are also the local Hyundai and BMW Service centre.

Visit their website on www.martinreillymotors.com.

Sligo Rovers Seek FIFA Representative

Sligo Rovers are currently looking for a competitive Irish gamer to represent us in an upcoming FIFA 21 Tournament.

Players must have a minumum Ultimate team ranking of Division 3 or be FIFA Ultimate Team Verified (FUT Verified)

The tournament will take place on the Playstation 4 platform only. 

To apply to be our representative, please email your details to media@sligorovers.com by 4 pm Monday (February 22nd)

Tournament Details:

  •  The tournament will take every Wednesday over five weeks, with clubs competing against each other online through the Gfinity Platform. (dates to be confirmed)
  • Games will play all games in FIFA 21 90 rated friendlies mode,
  • All Clubs represented in the FIFA game will play as themselves.
  • The top 8 teams will progress to the Finals
  • The winner of the finals will earn a spot in the FIFA Global Series

500 Club Draw – January Winners

Our 500 Club draw for January took place recently with Tony Porter, Stephen Street, Sligo winning the top prize of €500.

Our 500 Club is a vital fundraiser for the club, with in excess of 500 supporters now subscribed for just €5 per week or €20 per month.

If you would like to join our 500 Club and be part of Sligo Rovers, visit https://srfcdirect.com/fundraising/500-club/

500 Club – January Winners:

€500 – Tony Porter, Stephen Street, Sligo.

€100 – Ray Gallagher, Strandhill Road, Sligo.

€100 – John Monaghan, Carney, Co. Sligo.

€100 – Hugh Browne, Greenfort Estate, Sligo.

€100 – Yvonne French, Calry, Co. Sligo.

€50 – Maurice Monaghan, Strandhill, Sligo.

€50 – Peter Gillespie, Kevinsfort Heath, Sligo.

€50 – Joe Gallagher, Cleveragh Road, Sligo.

€50 – Rory O’ Connor, Gregg, Rosses Point, Sligo.

Thanks to all our 500 Club members for their continued support and to our dedicated 500 Club Committee members for their hard work.