Galway United’s Premier Division survival will go down to the wire tonight as they face last season’s champions Dundalk at Eamonn Deacy Park.
Shane Keegan’s men know nothing but a win will do and they will also be relying on other results to go their way to avoid the drop to the First Division as three teams go down as the league reverts to a ten club competition from next season.
Victories last week for both St Pat’s and Sligo Rovers ensured relegation fears are out of Galway’s hands tonight. Both Pat’s and Rovers are away from home tonight where they will face Derry City and Drogheda respectively, with Keegan knowing he needs one to fail to get three points and hope the home crowd can inspire a win over Stephen Kenny’s men to ensure their survival.
However, far more worrying reports of Galway’s long-term future have emerged in an open letter to season ticket holders highlighting the precarious situation the club find themselves in with relegation far from their only fear tonight.
The letter reads as follows:
You, the people who have signed up for our mailing list and our season ticket holders are our most loyal fans. Most of you have been the core of our fanbase for many years, and have seen us through good times and bad times.
Well at the moment, and this is no real secret, the club once again finds itself in a desperate place and we really need your help. With the poor attendances we have suffered this year, our takings on the gate have been low and we now face a critical financial situation.
So now we are asking something of you which is totally against our wishes and asking you to look to see if you can help us out.
The club asked season ticket holders to consider leaving their season tickets at home tonight as a one-off, and pay the €15 admission fee to help the club as they struggle to survive.
— Galway United (@GalwayUnitedFC) October 26, 2017
Tonight sees our last home game this year, and it could well be our last home game in the Premier League, and maybe our last game for some foreseeable future and so we are asking if you would be willing to help out in a small, but potentially crucial way.
If you are a season ticket holder, would you be willing to put your season ticket aside for one game and purchase a ticket instead? If you normally avail of a concession ticket, and you have the means for this one time only, would you consider purchasing a full price ticket? These simple acts could have far reaching positive consequences for the club.
Of course, as a current season ticket holder you are fully entitled to use your season ticket in the same manner as ever and not purchase a ticket, and if you purchase a concession ticket you will still be very much welcomed at Eamonn Deacy Park this evening as you always are, but we are hoping for the very future of Galway United that you may once more rally to the clubs call and help us out.
— David Byrne (@byrne_david) October 27, 2017
This sorry situation highlights the depths of despair League of Ireland clubs find themselves in, with Galway not the only club in trouble at this present time.
With Connacht hosting Munster on Friday night at the Sportsground in the Guinness PRO14 as well as RTE Sport screening the game from Eamonn Deacy Park live, Galway United Football club are fearful of a further drop in attendance as they struggle to survive.
Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena
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