Club statement: Update from management committee

Sligo Rovers have today reached the extremely difficult decision to implement temporary layoffs for all management, players and administration staff due to the shutdown of the League of Ireland for the past two weeks and foreseeable future.

Following intensive talks in the last week involving the National League Executive Committee, the PFAI and the FAI, along with receiving government guidance, the club felt there was no option but to come to this conclusion in order to prioritise long-term employment both in football and administrative roles at Sligo Rovers. 

We acknowledge ongoing efforts to find a solution from all parties and we recognise that it is an evolving situation. However we must act today in the best interest of our club in the long-term. 

Last Tuesday An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar outlined that the Coronavirus crisis would extend into a lengthy period. 

This was an expected announcement and made it even clearer to us that League of Ireland football cannot resume until the summer at the earliest, and likely later. 

Our income streams, like nearly all other businesses in the country, have been decimated and we simply cannot afford to function at our full cost level while having little or no income. 

To do anything else would be reckless and would put the very future of Sligo Rovers under severe threat.

We have taken the following measures:

1) Club employees will be paid in accordance with government support for businesses forced to lay off employees temporarily. All staff have been informed of this. 

2) All players and employees will be able to return to their regular wage upon the resumption of the League of Ireland. A date will be agreed in due course.

3) All staff have been put on this measure, no exceptions have been made, from the manager to players to administrative staff to ground maintenance personnel.

4) Players from outside of Ireland have been given assistance to return home and most have done so.

5) We will do our utmost to support our employees where possible over the coming months. 

As a club we have operated as the most consistent completely full-time employer in the League of Ireland since our return to the Premier Division 15 years ago.

Taking this step today has been the hardest decision we have undertaken in our role of committee members, but we feel it is the correct one, we need to be decisive and show leadership to preserve our club. 

We add that not one member of our board is paid in any way or receive any expense, many other volunteers give endless commitment to Sligo Rovers too. 

Our priority has always been our club, and our staff, as an organisation immersed in and funded by the local community.

The road forward from this crisis is not a clear one, we know this temporary measure will have a major impact in the lives of our staff. We are taking it to ensure there is a future. 

We also recognise the widespread business closures in the area which is very visible in any drive through Sligo town and county. The effects this will have on our community will be significant.

We know it will also bring great concern to our fans and sponsors. Our community and supporter base provides extraordinary support that defies logic and helps sustain our club. 

Our promise as a committee is to get through this period and return with a sustainable and healthy Sligo Rovers. 

Club lotto available online

The Sligo Rovers Lotto continues to be one of the key fundraisers for the club, as it contributes massively to the weekly running of the club as a whole.

In 2019, the Sligo Rovers Lotto has already paid out more than €24,600 in prizes, making it extremely attractive to play while also representing magnificent value at just €2 per ticket.

The draw takes place each week, with a minimum of €2,000 up for grabs per draw and a maximum of €20,000. There is also a runners up prize for one lucky supporter each week who matches three out of the four numbers drawn, being a Tesco voucher.

There are many different methods to play the popular lotto, being online, annually and weekly.

The annual lotto cards can be purchased from The Showgrounds while the weekly tickets can be purchased throughout the region in various outlets including the Tesco Arcade.


Due to the ongoing COVID 19 crisis, all lotto will now be via the online method only. The draw will still take place on Monday nights each week.

The club would like to thank everyone who continues to play our lotto weekly, and urge those who haven’t yet played, to do so if they are able to.

Best of luck

Stories from the Wall – Support from China

In the first stage of the Bit O’ Red Wall, we brought you many tales of people who bought tiles for varying reasons, it was called Stories from the Wall.  

As a result of a surge of interest from Sligo Rovers fans at home and abroad, the first stage took 302 orders.

To purchase a tile click here Bit O’ Red Wall Tile

The first story of stage two is a very apt one in these times.

Ian McLoughlin from Calry has lived in Shanghai for six years and returns home at Christmas most years, unfortunately rarely taking in a game. 

Ian McLoughlin, pictured with a Shamrock Rovers fan named Ciaran, at the Guinness Gatehouse St Patrick’s Day event in Shanghai

Two years ago he joined the 500 Club and last November just as he was coming home he got word of winning the top prize of €500. The 500 Club win helped pay for a nice Christmas back in our great town.

After seeing the Wall, Ian has just purchased a tile and updates us from China where the Coronavirus has slowed down after tens of thousands of cases and over a month of lockdown. 

He explains: “It was lockdown for over a month but now its beginning to open up again here like bars, restaurants and shops.

“It’s beginning to return to normal while Europe is at the stage we were at in early February. 

“The government has really taken it seriously and put in extreme measure which have worked in slowing it down, it seems like that’s started at home now. The schools are not opening yet. That is hoped next month.

“I’m a Shanghai Shenua season ticket holder and that hasn’t gone to much use. I’m more concerned about Rovers of course, but the most important thing is following the guidelines and people to be safe.

“I hope the Wall tile helps Rovers and everyone is keeping safe. Isolation is not easy but we got through it. It’s not over but normality is beggining to return slowly.”

The tile will read:

Social Distance

For the Rovers

Ian McLoughlin

We estimate we lose up to €20,000 per match night when cancelled, with two games cancelled so far, as well as the Easter Camps which regularly generate a five-figure sum.

The tile will be erected at the first possible occasion 

To buy a wall tile click here anytime Bit O’ Red Wall Tile

Annual Donation can help club during Coronavirus crisis

In light of the current shutting down of the league, we are extending our member appeal to all fans for the club’s Annual Donation if they are in a position to give. 

The Annual Donation usually brings in €12,000 but is significantly down this year.

We estimate we lose up to €20,000 per match night when cancelled, with two games cancelled so far, as well as the Easter Camps which regularly generate a five-figure sum.

But it’s the likes of missing out of payment of the AD on match night that become a factor too. 

The €100 donation is a fee for club upkeep and with no income we’d really appreciate if any fans could contribute

You can also join the 500 Club to try to win €500 each month.

It is now available to join via Paypal.

You can sign up for monthly payments of €20 for 12 months or in a one off payment of €240.

Users can pay by credit/ debit card or by logging into their PayPal account. This is an ideal method of payment for exiled fans abroad. However there is a small additional charge in respect of PayPal’s processing fee.

To pay monthly, click here 

To pay yearly, click here

Bit O’ Red Wall Stage 2 started

The second phase of The Showgrounds Bit O’ Red Wall is now taking orders.  

As a result of a surge of interest from Sligo Rovers fans at home and abroad, the first stage took 302 orders.

To purchase a tile click here Bit O’ Red Wall Tile

Feely Stone, the Boyle-based company erected the wall in time for Sligo Rovers first home game of the new season against St Patrick’s Athletic.

The Wall Project is designed to give fans and their families a way to formally record their links with SFRC and its Showgrounds home. 

Each tile accommodates 16 characters, including spaces, on 3 lines.  

The Wall will serve as a further reminder of the special bond between the club and its supporters. 

In these unprecedented times, a Wall tile is the ideal way to support the club if you are in a position to.

We estimate we lose up to €20,000 per match night when cancelled, with two games cancelled so far, as well as the Easter Camps which regularly generate a five-figure sum.

The tile will be erected at the first possible time Bit O’ Red Wall Tile

Club Lotto – Update

Due to the advice issued by the Government in relation to the coronavirus,  Sligo Rovers is changing the format of its weekly lotto, taking effect  following the draw of 16th March. This measure is taken in the interest of the health and safety of lotto agents and subscribers. 

Over the coming weeks while current restrictions are in place, lottery tickets will not be sold by lottery agents or at the lottery stand. The tickets will be available online only.

As this will be the only regular source of income for Sligo Rovers for the foreseeable future, we are relying on the continuing  generosity and goodwill of our supporters and the wider community to  help the club come through this critical time – you can help us by playing the weekly lottery online.

Special offer for one year

Play online

Lotto card holders will continue to have their numbers entered in the weekly draw

Sligo Rovers Lottery Team would like to thank its agents and subscribers for their patience and understanding at this time.

Sligo Rovers FC

Club statement: Management committee issue update on league

Sligo Rovers are seriously affected by the two-week shutdown of sporting activities, which is a necessary measure in the public interest.

Our primary concern remains the safety and health of our fans, management team, players, coaches and volunteers.

With this in mind we have ceased all football activities in line with HSE and FAI guidelines, all training and team activities have been shut down with immediate effect.

Chairman Tommy Higgins said: “This is a problem way beyond football and the timelines for resumption of football activities are uncertain, and it could be many weeks away.

“The board are actively reviewing an ever-changing situation and in constant contact with the FAI and other stakeholders.”

Club treasurer David Rowe said: “We have a short period of time we can survive financially.

“Urgent action is needed, we cannot operate on full costs and little or no income for very long.

“We recognise too that our highly supportive football community have their own additional challenges in business, in employment and in their own lives.”

The club feels early intervention is needed to maintain League of Ireland clubs who provide employment, youth football, social activities and a community interest outlet, mainly through highly committed volunteers.

The National League Executive Committee which represents all League of Ireland clubs will be meeting with the FAI on Monday.

We want to see a solution that works for all clubs and that will preserve a positive future for the game here.

Guidelines for matches on Coronavirus

A number of Coronavirus guidelines are being introduced by the SSE Airtricity League ahead of this weekend’s games, with our away fixture against Derry City on Friday and home game against Waterford FC on Monday in mind.

Rovers are taking a number of measurements that deal with all aspects of the matchday. This is very thorough and lengthy so we will publish only what we ask of supporters. Away from this a host of precautions and hygiene steps are being taken.

For fans we ask:

•Please be vigilant and avoid attending matches if you are feeling unwell or if you have been to an affected area.

•Please purchase match tickets online where possible. If paying entrance fee with cash, please try and have the exact amount.

Derry away tickets

Waterford at home tickets 

•Try not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands as per HSE guidelines 

A further update will follow soon.

The FAI will continue to hold daily meetings regarding the Covid-19 outbreak and its effect on Irish football.

Sligo Rovers encourage all our supporters to take note of the preventative measures around Covid-19 in relation to hand-washing. For more visit

We ask that fans do not visit The Showgrounds on non matchdays without invitation or prior communication.