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Limerick to host public meeting (Limerick Leader)

By Jerome O’Connell

LIMERICK FC are to host a public meeting this Sunday evening, June 21 as speculation abounds as to the future of the city’s 72-year-old League of Ireland senior soccer club.

The club have issued an appeal for “everyone with an interest in the future of senior soccer in Limerick” to attend the meeting in The Strand Hotel on Sunday at 7pm. “Due to on-going negotiations Limerick FC is not currently in a position to respond to recent media speculation regarding the future of the club,” explained a club statement released on Tuesday afternoon.

“However, we can assure everyone that the staff and the players of Limerick FC are fully aware of the situation within the club and the supporters will be informed of any further developments as they arise.” However, the club have accepted that they require a cash injection. “Due to unforeseen circumstances the Limerick FC Board and Management Committee are currently seeking further investment,” explained club’s the statement.

“The club would like to ask the people of the mid-west to support Limerick FC.”
The statement calls for a show of solidarity at Jackman Park this Friday night when high-flyers Shelbourne visit Limerick for a crucial League of Ireland First Division clash – Limerick currently lie 12 points behind leaders UCD.

“It is important that people come out and support Limerick this Friday in Jackman Park against Shelbourne and in their future fundraising endeavours. The club has come a long way in the last 18 months under the current Board and Management Committee.

Limerick FC now has proposals in place to secure the future of the club through its new base in Knockalisheen and also its on-going aspiration to return to the Markets Field with the assistance of all bodies involved,” the club statement read.

Rumours suggest that the club will meet with representatives of the FAI today in an effort to determine the future of the club while fears are also rife that Jack McCarthy’s relationship with Limerick FC has come to an end – McCarthy was unveiled as chairman of the club on January 21, 2008 last, but it is now thought that Mr. McCarthy is willing to cut his ties with Limerick FC. Furthermore it is thought that Limerick FC’s chances of making a return to the Market’s Field are dwindling.

Just three weeks ago Limerick FC board member Andrew Mawhinney told Leader Sport that the future of the League of Ireland outfit would be determined by a high-profile friendly which the Super Blues hoped to host at Thomond Park with Roy Keane’s Ipswich Town heralded as possible opposition – a degree of uncertainty surrounds the possibility of whether that high-profile friendly will now go ahead.

I thought these kind of problems were a thing of the past but unfortunately that dosent seem to be the case!

Senior soccer in Limerick is never going to flourish again unless the club can secure a permanent home. Unfortunately though, issues have arisen yet again with plans to move back to the Markets Field!:(

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