EXCLUSIVE: Gorman training with Bray while Salmon’s future remains unclear

Article by Kieran Burke – @KieranBTS.

Gorman and Salmon were First Division winners in 2014, could they be re-united at Bray? 

Between the Stripes has exclusively learned that former Longford Town favorite Rhys Gorman is currently in training with Bray Wanderers. The “Seagulls”, who appointed Dave Mackey as manager a fortnight ago, have been playing catch-up in the transfer market following a prolonged search for Harry Kenny’s replacement and alleged board room power struggles. However, having announced a raft of additions and re-signings at Mackey’s first press conference, the County Wicklow side now have fourteen first-team players on the books at the Carlise Grounds.

Among those are former Longford winger Jake Kelly, who failed to impress in the First Division under Alan Matthews, Gary Cronin’s or Neale Fenn’s watch last season with the latter opting to release Kelly at the end of the 2017 season. One mans future that remains uncertain though is “De Town’s” 2014 league winning skipper Mark Salmon, who Bray are still keen on retaining for 2018 according to Between the Stripes sources close to the Premier Division outfit. Continue reading


Dave Mackey appointed Bray Wanderers Manager

Article by Kieran Burke – @KieranBTS.

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With just over fifty-days left until the start of the 2018 SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Bray Wanderers have finally ended their search for a new manager with the appointment of Dave Mackey.

With the likes of ex-Longford duo Tony Cousins and Gary Cronin heavily linked in recent days with the post left vacant by Harry Kenny, it appears the County Wicklow club have opted for the man with an inside knowledge of the Carlise Grounds with Mackey filling a number of roles at Wanderers in recent years.

Working for the ‘’Seagulls’’ from January 2008 to December 2013, Mackey has previously worked as first-team assistant manager, coach, under 19’s manager and ‘A’ team manager but now steps into the main hot-seat at the Carlise Grounds with a deep crisis on-going.

Ahead of the new season which starts on February 19th with a trip to Oriel Park, Bray Wanderers currently only have five senior players on their books, with one of those want-a-way midfielder Keith Buckley who has spoken out publicly regarding the clubs lack of organisation over the off-season.

Mackey’s work will start immediately with pre-season friendlies and training schedules to be arranged while of course player recruitment will be crucial if the ‘‘Seagulls’’ are to avoid the drop many make them certainties for next season.

Announcing the acquisition of Mackey on the clubs official website, Bray Wanderers FC stated:

Bray Wanderers Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Dave Mackey as First Team Manager.

Dave takes up his role with 30+ years experience as a player, coach and manager in the League of Ireland and boasts a proven track record in recruitment and development of young players for First Team football.

Dave was previously involved with BWFC from Jan. ’08 to Dec. ’13. His roles included Asst. First Team Coach, U-19 Manager/Coach and A Team Manager/Coach.

During that time, players who progressed to First Team football included Chris Shields, Dane Massey, Dave Webster, Kieran ‘Marty’ Waters, Ismahil Akinade, Stephen McGuinness and Pierce Sweeney.

Dave’s playing career spanned from July 1980 to June 1993 and included stints with Dundalk FC, Shelbourne FC and Shamrock Rovers.

The club looks forward to a long and fruitful spell with Dave at the helm.


Bray managerial announcement expected tomorrow with Cousins among three front-runners.

Article by Kieran Burke – @KieranBTS

Former Longford boss Cousins is one of the front-runners for the vacant Bray Wanderers position. Photo credit – Frank McGrath photography Facebook. 

Between the Stripes understands that Bray Wanderers are likely to make an announcement on their new first-team manager tomorrow, with three contenders in the mix for the post vacated by Harry Kenny at the end of the 2017 season.

Eagerly awaiting the call from the Wicklow club are Dave Mackey, Maciej Tarnogrodzki and former Longford Town boss Tony Cousins.

Following the resignation of another ex-Longford manager Alan Mathews in 2015, Tarnogrodzki stepped in as interim manager at the Carlisle Grounds and was relatively successful during his short stint in charge. However, without the appropriate badges at this time, the Pole was forced to return to managing the clubs under-19 side, who he left for UCD’s under-19’s in 2016.

Mackey is also another man with experience of the Carlise Grounds having filled multiple roles in the clubs underage section over the course of six-years. Departing the ‘’Seagulls’’ in 2013, UEFA listed coach Mackey was most recently the assistant manager at Cabinteely under Pat Devlin.

As for Tony Cousins, the Dubliner also spent time with Wanderers as a player, although the former Liverpool striker failed to make a single appearance in his twelve month spell with the club due to injury prior to retiring. Out of work since mutually departing relegation doomed Longford Town in 2016, the former Galway United boss is extremely keen to get back into League of Ireland management according to sources close to the forty-eight-year-old.

Regardless of who is chosen to lead the crisis club into the new ten-team Premier Division for 2018, the majority of LOI pundits and fans have already condemned the ‘’Seagulls’’ to relegation next season with the Wicklow club only having five players signed up ahead of the new year. One of those players is want-away midfielder Keith Buckley, who has publicly slammed the clubs lack of organisation and communication ahead of pre-season, with a date still yet to be set for a return to training and as of yet no pre-season friendlies are believed to be arranged.

With media reports emerging this week regarding an approach to St.Pat’s owner Garrett Kelleher to buy a majority share in Bray, off-field headlines are set to dominate the Premier Division outfit well into the new year after a 2017 season filled with board-room and financial turmoil.