Two matches switched to 8pm

Two Sligo Rovers matches have been selected for coverage by Eir Sport in July and as a result, kick-off has been moved to 8pm.

Rovers take on Waterford on Saturday 13 July and Bohemians on 27 July in The Showgrounds. Kick-off is 8pm with the dates unchanged.

Our next home game is this Monday against UCD at 7:45pm.

One week to go in Annual Draw

€42,000 has been generated so far in the Sligo Rovers Annual Draw.

There is €5,000 to be won among a host of prizes. 6,400 tickets were sold last year in the most successful staging of the draw since it began.

Tickets are priced €10 and are available online here , home games and from members of our committee.

The prizes:

1st prize: €5,000

2nd prize: One Night B&B for two people at the 5 Star Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin

3rd prize: Two tickets for Rod Stewart for his 4th December Concert plus One Night B&B and Evening Meal in The Croke Park Hotel.

Buy tickets here

4th prize: One Night B&B and Evening Meal for two people at the Titanic Hotel in Belfast

5th prize: One Night B&B for two people in Hotel Westport, Co Mayo

6th prize: €200 voucher for 4 Star Old Ground Hotel, Ennis, Co Clare

7th prize: €150 Gift Voucher for The Cat and The Moon

8th prize: Sligo Rovers season ticket for 2020

9th prize: 2 Premier Level Tickets for the Republic of Ireland versus Switzerland on 5th September in Aviva Stadium Euro 2020 qualifer

10th prize: Signed Sligo Rovers jersey

The draw takes place on Monday 1st July

13 days left: Annual Draw hits €35,000

€35,000 has been generated so far in the Sligo Rovers Annual Draw.

There is €5,000 to be won among a host of prizes. 6,400 tickets were sold last year in the most successful staging of the draw since it began.

Tickets are priced €10 and are available online here , home games and from members of our committee.

The prizes:

1st prize: €5,000

2nd prize: One Night B&B for two people at the 5 Star Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin

3rd prize: Two tickets for Rod Stewart for his 4th December Concert plus One Night B&B and Evening Meal in The Croke Park Hotel.

Buy tickets here

4th prize: One Night B&B and Evening Meal for two people at the Titanic Hotel in Belfast

5th prize: One Night B&B for two people in Hotel Westport, Co Mayo

6th prize: €200 voucher for 4 Star Old Ground Hotel, Ennis, Co Clare

7th prize: €150 Gift Voucher for The Cat and The Moon

8th prize: Sligo Rovers season ticket for 2020

9th prize: 2 Premier Level Tickets for the Republic of Ireland versus Switzerland on 5th September in Aviva Stadium Euro 2020 qualifer

10th prize: Signed Sligo Rovers jersey

The draw takes place on Monday 1st July

Family Day a great success

The Sligo Rovers Family Day was a huge success last week. Look back on some of the highlights.

We have two games coming up

Monday 1st July vs UCD

Monday 8th July v Accrington Stanley

Sponsors Thanked From Sligo Rovers vs. Cork City

Sligo Rovers would like to thank both the Match Sponsor and Match Ball Sponsor from last Friday’s home league game against Cork City.

The Match Sponsor on the night was Callan Tansey Solicitors, while the Match Ball was sponsored by Flynns Bar Carrick-On-Shannon.

Callan Tansey solicitors are an award winning law firm with offices based in Sligo, Dublin, Boyle, Ballina and Galway. Callan Tansey offer legal advice and legal services for both businesses and individuals in areas such as medical claims, personal injury, business disputes and corporate law.

Flynns Bar Carrick-On-Shannon is one of Carricks premier bars located on Main Street in the town, beside the smallest church in Ireland.

Our thanks to both Callan Tansey and Flynns Bar for their continued sponsorship of the club and overall support as a whole.

Callan Tansey Solicitors, Match Sponsor Sligo Rovers Vs. Cork City
Flynns Bar Carrick-On-Shannon, Match Ball Sponsor Vs. Cork City

Darragh Healy new kit manager

Darragh Healy has been appointed the new kit manager of Sligo Rovers.

Healy, current manager of the Under-17 Women’s team, has been working in the role in recent games with former kit manager Colin Feehily.

Darragh brings with him a wealth of experience, thanks to his involvement in football in the community, including a regional development officer for the area.

He has been part of the Rovers Under 19s management, and was involved in the Rovers primary school programme, which involves visiting schools, coaching and delivering workshops.

He has been part of the IT Sligo men’s A team. He has also coached four teams at the Ursuline College and manages Ballisodare United.

Liam Buckley said: “I’m very pleased to welcome Darragh to the backroom team. He has a knowledge of football and knows the requirements of the role and you see what commitment he has with his involvement in the game.

“It is an important job and Colin has done an excellent job and I have no doubt Darragh will do the same. He has already fitted in very well.”

Mid-season update: Please read

The Management Committee are keen to keep our fans up to speed with events at the club.  As with every season, there is a lot going on and the committee and volunteers are working as hard as ever.

As we reach the mid-season break it is clear we are at an important juncture for our club.  

On the field we have made significant progress so far this year.  The benefits of making the decision to recruit an experienced management team are there to see in terms of the calibre of player recruitment this year and the tactical nousis visible in results.  It is refreshing to be looking up the league table to see what might be achieved in the season.

Our club is now about much more than the First Team Squad only, we run five underage teams where the players and coaching staff give huge commitment to Sligo Rovers.  The pathway through the underage teams in the boys section is readily apparent in the First Team and the Ladies Under-17 Team has been such a success that we are actively considering a Senior Ladies Team for next year.  All of this involves significant expense.

Off the field we continue to make important strides forward.  The installation of 1,000 new seats and of a new Hospitality Clubhouse are important developments in improving and maintaining the fine facility we have in the Showgrounds.  

In line with our strategic plan we have announce a strengthening of our staff off the pitch in Colin Feehily as CEO, this is funded and will be cost neutral, it has to be.  The appointment of a CEO is one of the core targets in our five-year strategic plan.

However, there are several dark clouds on the horizon. 

The parent body of football in Ireland (the FAI) clearly has very significant issues.  As a club that is run almost exclusively by volunteers, all of whom give a huge level of commitment on an on-going basis, it is deflating to say the least to read about the corporate governance or the lack of in the parent organisation.  At the same time, the League of Ireland has been seriously under funded.

As a positive, it looks as if there are going to be significant structural changes in the league and in its funding.  We also have to remember there are many very dedicated people working within the FAI who must find the current situationvery uncomfortable, we work with many good people there on a daily basis.

A second challenge for us is the level of our Public Liability Insurance premium.  In the current environment where personal injury awards and other costs are high and have forced the closure of other sporting facilities, we have been subject of two large claims.  Our public insurance premium has gone up from €15,000 in 2016 to €60,000 in 2018.

Our first quote for 2019 was €86,000 (despite being claims free for four years) and only after much work, diligent persuasion and risk containment steps, did we get that premium down to €58,000.  Although this feels like a result, it is simply not sustainable.

As a club without an underwriting benefactor or European prize money, it is a difficult and daily challenge to sustain the level of financial commitment which we currently carry.

Most independent observers would reach the conclusion that Sligo Rovers are in a better place on and off the field than we have been in the last five years.  

We have been complimented by our supporters and independent experts on our massive community effort and control of finances. How far we go forward is limited by finance.  We want to back this management team and squad of players and add to it, but cannot be reckless in what we do.

We need your support and the support of the wider community.  The following are how you can help:

1. Support our home matches and bring others to see what is a very good product on their doorstep.

2. The Annual Draw is in full swing, this is one of our major fundraisers.  We would ask all supporters to support this in any way they can, either online, in the Showgrounds or when our sellers are going door to door. We ask businesses to consider the book of tickets option with reference to their business.

3. We have an upcoming friendly game against Accrington Stanley where we are going to charge normal prices and season tickets will not cover admission.  With John Coleman, Jimmy Bell and Seamus Conneely coming, we have a significant link to our fine performances and victory over Rosenborg. We are asking all supporters to come out and support this fixture on Monday 8th July.

4. We will announce a major fundraiser initiative in the next three weeks where you can have your own place permanently in the Showgrounds. 

5. Pure Telecom is willing to give €100 for every sign up to their broadband and home phone offer, which looks cheaper than competitors.  It is a very easy way of getting €100 to our club.
https://www.puretelecom.ie/sligo-rovers 

6. The 500 Club is an ongoing source of funds that really makes a difference.  It involves a commitment of €5 per week.  If you are not in it please sign up, if you are already signed up, can you encourage someone else to join or possibly take another membership?

The 2019 season has been encouraging so far.  We want to retain our best players, as you have seen with the re-signing of Lewis Banks, and build our squad while continuing to provide opportunities for boys and ladies teams and a pathway to senior football.

How far we go on this journey depends on internal and external factors, while we cannot control the outcome in the parent association or the public liability insurance market, significant change looks to be afoot in both.

What we can do is decide that as a club we want to push on and get in the mix for European football again.  That brings us on to a completely different funding level but the interim stage where we are now when we do not have European money or a benefactor like other clubs, is the hard part.

We as a Management Committee, together with all the other invaluable volunteers and sub-groups, continue to aim for that top table, but have to do so within our means.  We need your help in bringing this Club on to another level.

The 2019 mid-season report for Sligo Rovers is one of considerable encouragement and challenges.  What the report will look like in two years’ time is anybody’s guess, however getting this club to the top table has never been tougher but it is what we all strive for.

Please support Sligo Rovers and move forward together.

There is a great sense of unity in our club and we see something building.  

We are going in the right direction and we are going to do absolutely everything within our ability to have a successful season and future.

Sligo Rovers Management Committee – June 2019

Colin Feehily appointed chief executive

Colin Feehily has been appointed Chief Executive of Sligo Rovers.

Feehily has been part of the club staff for seven seasons, working on logistics, marketing and retail, as well as kit management of all of the club’s teams.

New chief executive Colin Feehily

The graduate of a Public Relations, Marketing and Event Management degree in IT Sligo will begin his new role at The Showgrounds in two weeks. 

Chairman Martin Heraghty said: “Colin has been an integral part of the club for seven seasons and in that period has become a major asset to us. 

“As time passed it was very clear he would be much more suited to a permanent role in the running of the club.

“His application, attention to detail, ingenuity and ability to modernise all of what we do has stood out. Throughout this year he has been part of high-level workings of the club with a view to this appointment. We have already seen benefits of that.

“The management committee continue to work tirelessly on the running of the club. As pointed out in the Strategic Plan, it was imperative to appoint a CEO, subject to funding, to improve the daily management of the club. 

“We believe Colin will flourish in the role. He possesses all the attributes needed and we hope all the stakeholders support him in this new position.”

Colin Feehily begins his new role later this month

The new CEO said: “I’m thrilled to be appointed today. I know many supporters will know me and my passion for the club and I can promise you my commitment to the role will be enormous. 

“The management committee has been very supportive and my duty is to them, with a goal to make the club function in the most professional and advanced manner it can.

“There is a brilliant team in The Showgrounds to work with and I’m excited and honoured to take on the role.”

Lewis Banks signs new contract

Lewis Banks has signed a new contract with Sligo Rovers until the end of the 2020 season.

The talented defender has been outstanding for the Bit O’ Red this season, featuring at right and left-back since joining.

The former Stoke City Under-23 captain spoke of his delight at the new deal.

“I’m over the moon. I’m delighted to get things sorted for next year. Hopefully now we can push on for this season and moving on to next season.

“It has gone beyond my expectations. In a way I didn’t know what to expect but it has been brilliant. It’s a great club to be around. We’ve done well. We want to do better. After the break we’ll look to get some more wins.

“I don’t mind playing as long as I’m playing. Whether I’m in either position I put the work in and it’s gone well so far. 

“Going part-time with Stafford motivated me that if I did get an opportunity at full-time again that I would make the most of it. 

“We want to win games and see where we can go, whether it’s a Cup run or in the league because the European positions are still up for grabs. Next year is about kicking on again and improving on 2019. 

“Speaking to the gaffer and the lads here, we want to be successful and not linger around. That’s why I wanted to stay, so I’m delighted to get it done and hopefully we can have that success.”

Liam Buckley said: “I’m delighted because I think he has done fantastically well. It’s difficult when you arrive from the English league and trying to land running. . He has done particularly well. He is a fit boy and he can play. We’ve chucked him in at left-back when he’s normally a right-back and he can play centre-back. He’s a terrific lad to work with so I’m chuffed he’s staying with us.

“It’s a man’s league here, totally different to the Under-23 league in England, and he has toughened up. It’s much harder and strenuous playing in this league than that one. I’m delighted he has extended the contract, I can see him going places.

“There’s a short, medium and long-term plan from my end of it. The short-term plan is pick up as many points as we can, the medium is squeeze as many results we can from now to the end of the season. Somebody will make that top four because there is very little between a lot of the teams. The long-term plan is further down the line between this window and the off-season is to juggle a few pieces around here and there and build something here.”