Galway United F.C. (2013)
|Full name||Galway United Football Club|
|Ground||Eamonn Deacy Park,
|Capacity||5,000 (3,300 seats)|
|League||League of Ireland
|Website||Club home page|
Galway United Football Club (Irish: Cumann Peile na Gaillimhe) are an Irish football club located in Galway. The board of the club, founded in October 2013, contains representatives of Mervue United, Salthill Devon, Galway United Supporters' Trust and the Galway FA, after the demise of the original Galway United in 2011. The club was originally formed as Galway F.C. but changed its name to Galway United for the start of the 2015 season.
Due to the original Galway United exiting the League of Ireland at the end of 2011 season, a supporters' group representing fans of the club, known as GUST (Galway United Supporters' Trust), attempted to facilitate the return of a "Galway United" club to the League of Ireland, but an application for the 2012 season was made after the deadline and in 2012 GUST was refused the opportunity to submit its application.
During 2013, discussions were held with Galway clubs, Mervue United and Salthill Devon along with the Galway Football Association and GUST, about having one unified team representing the county of Galway at the top level of Irish football as it was Football Association of Ireland's wish that one club should represent the city of Galway. In late 2013, Galway F.C. was established.
On 7 March 2014, Galway F.C. played their first ever competitive game in front of 2,418 spectators at Eamonn Deacy Park in a 1-0 defeat against Longford Town in the opening weekend of the 2014 League of Ireland first division.  The president of Ireland Michael D. Higgins was present in the crowd for the game.
It took Galway until their fifth league game of the season to record a victory, beating Cobh Ramblers 4-0 at home at Eamonn Deacy Park. Defeat was to follow in their next match, falling to Dylan Connolly injury time winner for Shelbourne at home. That defeat on the 11th of April was to prove a turning point in their season. A run of 10 league matches unbeaten, stretching over a third of the league season until the end of May, was to follow, during which they scored 17 goals conceded just 7.
Defeat to eventual First Division winners Longford Town brought an end to their unbeaten run, but another shorter spell of four games without defeat in which they scored 10 goals and conceded just two demonstrated
The beginning of August brought games against promotion playoff rivals Shelbourne and Wexford Youths, followed by a tough away encounter with Longford town. Disappointing narrow defeats to Shelbourne and Wexford dented confidence somewhat, but an excellent away victory in City Calling Stadium against Longford marked another important turning point. It was to begin a run of five consecutive victories for the Tribesmen, setting up a tense finale to the season.
The final two matches of the league season pitted Galway away to Shelbourne and at home to Wexford Youths. American striker Jake Keegan netted an equaliser 5 minutes from time in Tolka Park to gain the point that all but mathematically guaranteed a playoff places for his team. As a result, the final league match of the season for Galway effectively became dead rubber, as Wexford required a 14 goal swing in goal difference to overtake Galway for the second of two playoff places, had they managed to win.
Galway finishing third behind Shelbourne resulted in the former playing the first leg at home. A goal in either half saw Galway bring a 2-0 lead into the second leg in Drumcondra. A first half Conor Murphy strike gave Shels a lifeline, but second half strikes from Ryan Connolly and Jake Keegan put the tie beyond the host.
Awaiting Galway in the Promotion/Relegation playoff final were UCD, who Galway had disposed of earlier in the season at the Belfield Bowl, by a 3-1 scoreline in the FAI Cup 2nd round. Galway native Timmy Molloy opened the scoring for UCD in the first leg in Dublin, but late, late goals from Paddy Barrett and Ryan Manning saw the tie turned on its head.
Having brought a 2-1 lead into the second leg and home advantage to look forward to, Galway grabbed the opportunity with both hands. Gary Shanahan widened the aggregate lead to two goals just before half-time, young attacker Ryan Manning made it 4-1 over the two legs on 71 minutes and in the final ten minutes, Alex Byrne rounded off the scoring and ensured promotion for Galway.
On the 7th December 2014, the club announced that its licence application for the 2015 season would be under the name of Galway United, taking the name of its predecessor.
The club has a loyal fan base based around the city and county of Galway, also extending into south Mayo and north Clare. Galway United were averaging gates of circa 500 during the 2011 season. Galway United's only supporters club was the GUST (Galway United Supporters Trust). Over the years, GUST has provided considerable support to Galway United by way of fund-raising. When Galway United folded, the GUST along with Mervue United, Salthill Devon and the Galway Football Association held discussions about having one unified team representing the county of Galway. The result was the formation of Galway F.C. which GUST continue to support. The fan base of Galway are known as the Maroon Army.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Current technical staff
|Assistant manager||Leo Tierney|
|Assistant coach||Gary O'Connor|
|Goalkeeping coach||Mark Cobey|
|Fitness coach||Adrian Craddock|
|Kit manager||Dermot Ryan|
|Office Manager||Mike Daly|
|Media Officer||Vinny O'Connor|
|Former names||Terryland Park|
|Location||Dyke Road, Galway, Ireland|
|Owner||Galway & District Football League|
|Capacity||5,000 (3,300 seated)|
The stadium was to undergo further redevelopment in 2007 after a €500,000 grant was received from the Irish Government in 2006. The money went towards building a new 1,500-seater stand and a new camera platform. This new stand increased the capacity from 3,300 to 5,000. Eamonn Deacy Park is due to undergo even more development in the future. It is planned that the new stand, which was built in 2007, will include a shop unit, turnstiles, medical examination and first-aid rooms, toilets, showers, dressing-rooms, a match delegates' room, officials' dressing-room, a new media and reception room, a canteen with facilities for press conference, and TV and radio facilities.
Eamonn Deacy Park has hosted five Ireland under-21 games and other international underage matches. Every year, 80 games are played at Eamonn Deacy Park with between 25 to 30 of these fixtures involving Galway F.C.
In 2008, Eamonn Deacy Park was voted as the best surface in the League of Ireland for the second year running.
- Connacht Tribune, 18 November 2014
- Independent report on Galway senior football presented
- Football's comin' home — compromise reached as Galway FC applies to league
- Galway FC prepare licence application for 2014
- "Galway FC 0 - 1 Longford Town". Extra Time. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
- "Galway FC 0 - 1 Longford Town". Connachttribune. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
- "Galway FC 0 - 1 Longford Town". Galway FC Official Site. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
- Galway FC Official Website
- The GUST Forum
- Galway FC on Facebook
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- Galway FC on Instagram
- Galway FC on Audioboo
- Galway FC on Soccerway
- Galway FC on Extratime
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