Saturday 23 September 2017

'You don't know how to answer questions from people' - Neal Horgan on Bray players dilemma

The Carlisle Grounds in Bray
The Carlisle Grounds in Bray

Conor Neville

The crisis at Bray Wanderers is the talk of the League.

The chairman Denis O'Connor has been busy over the airwaves this week. He's been outlining the club's gloomy financial position and exasperatedly demanding to know why the paying public are steering clear of the Carlisle Grounds. He bluntly informed Tony O'Donoghue on Soccer Republic that he can't offer any assurances about the club's future.

But what are the players feeling? The PFAI disclosed this week that the Bray Wanderers players have been told that there is only enough money to cover wages for another week.

One man who can offer some insight is Neal Horgan, Cork City's right back for a decade from 1999, through the glory days of the mid-noughties until the club's financial implosion in 2009. 

His book 'Second City' covers that tumultuous season and he spoke to Johnny Ward and Dan McDonnell on LOI Weekly.

"I definitely see similarities between the two situations (Bray 2017 and Cork 2009). I saw a few of the players talking and they said they were in shock. And that's the first feeling we had with Cork City when we were in similar circumstances.

"As much as people from outside can see it coming down the road, when you are a player, you are literally going week to week, Friday to Friday. You're seeing results and you think everything is fine when you win at the weekend.

"I feel sympathy for those players. It's so unsettling and not just in terms of your playing career. You don't how to answer questions from people around you, your family and friends. It was a very difficult time for us."

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