Waterford United will hold emergency meeting tonight as club needs €80k to survive this season

The SSE Airtricity League First Division must raise funds in order to get through the current campaign.

Waterford boss Roddy Collins.
Waterford boss Roddy Collins.

SSE AIRTRICITY LEAGUE First Division club Waterford United will hold a meeting tonight in a bid to raise much-needed funds.

The Blues, currently sixth in the second tier, must find €80,000 to secure their short term future until the end of the season, when it is planned to look at the possibility of handing the club over to the fans via a Supporters Trust.

Club chairman John O’Sullivan stepped down earlier this month, while the club is without a shirt sponsor this season.

“Waterford United need in the region of €80,000 for the club to survive until the end of the season,” a statement released today reads.

“While the short term future of the club is vital, we are also determined to plan for the long term future where the club could be taken over by a Supporters Trust.

“This will be one of the many issues that will be up for debate at this evenings crucial Open Meeting at the Woodlands Hotel. Tonight is the night where you can help save the Blues whilst also playing a real part in its future.

“We NEED the help so badly for former players, managers, board members, sponsors but most importantly new people to come on board to save your club. The meeting tonight will be chaired by Matt Keane and gets underway at 7pm.”

Waterford manager Roddy Collins has already challenged FAI chief executive John Delaney in a white collar boxing match as a way to raise money.

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“I want to stage the bout in the Woodlands Hotel in Waterford,” Collins wrote in his column with The Irish Daily Star. “Three rounds… And John, given training requirements, can choose the date.

“It would be great craic and for a great cause.”

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