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President’s Message

President’s Message – 2017/18

On behalf of Wanderers FC I would like to extend a warm welcome to all our members, friends, supporters, and particularly our visiting teams and match officials and hope that you enjoy your visit with us to Lansdowne Road and Merrion Road. The ethos of rugby football is the friendships forged both on and off the pitch and long may that continue.

It is a great honour for me and I am privileged to have been elected President of Wanderers FC for the clubs 148th season. Many fantastic persons have had this honour before me, setting very high standards, and all I can promise is to fulfil the role to the best of my abilities, as the Club heads towards its 150th year.

We missed out narrowly on promotion to 2A last season and I would like to wish our wish our captain, Eoghan Nihill, head coach, Greg Lynch – ably assisted by Tommy Ellard – and the management team headed by David (Doc) O’Connor, best wishes for a successful 2017/2018 season.

In addition to the senior squad Wanderers are justifiably proud of our reputation and success at junior, youth, mini, under 20’s and most recently at Women’s level – where promotion in the Leinster League was achieved last season. I would like to thank the large number of managers, coaches, administrators and all other volunteers involved at these levels for their help in the past and wish them continued success as their efforts bring huge enjoyment to so many members.

I would like to thank all our sponsors and advertisers for their continued generosity and support and I urge all members to support these companies whenever they can. Particular mention to our main sponsors – MSL Ballsbridge Motors and IDL Pernod Ricard through their Brancott Estate Wines.

Volunteers are the life blood of the club, the unsung heroes and we can never have enough of them involved. A special mention to a few in advance – to Fergus Moriarty for his continued management of club events at both Merrion Road and Lansdowne Road, to Nora and Sean for keeping our administration up to speed, and to all members of our executive, who do so much unseen work – fundraising, collecting subscriptions, running events etc. etc. A massive thank you to all.

To our match officials a big thank you for giving of your time to “real” rugby, enjoy your visit to Wanderers FC and hopefully we can chat after the match.

Finally, and most importantly to all players involved, home and opposition alike, an injury free and enjoyable rugby season.

In any event see you in the bar later for drink and a bit of craic.


Liam McDermott





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