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


Keith Buckley involved in Bray Twitter spat as mystery regarding next season continues

Article by Kieran Burke – @KieranBTS

Bray Wanderers star Keith Buckley found himself at the centre of a Twitter spat today, after the “Seagulls” midfielder hit out at the lack of updates coming from his employers in regards to the forthcoming 2018 campaign. Supporters of the Wicklow based side, and indeed League of Ireland followers in general, have been left to ponder regarding Wanderers situation for next season with the club still manager-less following Harry Kenny’s resignation at the tail-end of last season. In fact, at present Bray Wanderers are one of very few LOI clubs yet to announce any new additions to the first-team squad, with Ryan Brennan deciding to switch alliances to Premier Division rivals St.Pat’s in recent weeks.

Twenty-five-year-old, Buckley is one of a number of Bray Wanderers players who were signed by the club on two-year contracts. With the upcoming 2018 season included in those contracts, which also cover the likes of Mark Salmon and Aaron Greene in the Bray squad, answers are being demanded regarding the lack of activity at the Carlise Grounds as Christmas fast approaches.

Taking aim at the clubs official Twitter account, Buckley posted the following:

Responding almost instantly, Bray Wanderers official Twitter account hit back, clearly irate at the fact the midfielder had directed his fury at what the admin described as a fan/volunteer run account.

Following up on that response, the Bray Wanderers FC admin had this to say to a disgruntled supporter, while ex-Bohemians man Buckley remained tagged in the conversation his original tweet had kicked-off.

It remains to be seen whether Buckley will face action from his employers over what is clearly a poor piece of PR for the Wicklow club, who dominated the headlines for all the wrong reasons last season. Disputes over ownership, fans protests and an ever growing sense of suspicion regarding the clubs plans for long-time home, the Carlise Grounds seemed to play a major role in the “Seagulls” poor second half of the season form as Harry Kenny’s men missed out on the much needed financial boost of European qualification.

Salmon refuses to rule out Longford return in exclusive interview

Mark Salmon lifts the title as Town captain. Credit ltfc.ie

After six long but rewarding years at the club, it came as a shock to everyone at the end of 2015 when captain Mark Salmon was released by Longford Town FC. Despite guiding the team back to the top flight and helping cement a sixth place finish in their first season in the Premier Division since 2007, “Captain Fantastic”, as he was affectionately known by Town followers, was shown no mercy in a winter clear out by Tony Cousins Continue reading

POLL: 90% say Town squad weaker than 2015

Photo credit http://www.ltfc.ie

Having received an interesting tweet from a Longford Town supporter the other evening which stated ”De Town” are the 3rd highest ranked outsiders to win the league, with only Wexford Youths and Finn Harps listed at larger odds, the question of squad strength and transfer dealings jumped to mind.

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