Thursday 18 January 2018

Bray Wanderers Football Club secure temporary injunction against three men from acting on behalf of club

Bray Wanderers Football Club secure temporary injunction against three men from acting on behalf of club
Bray Wanderers Football Club secure temporary injunction against three men from acting on behalf of club

Aodhan O'Faolain

THE owners of Bray Wanderers Football Club have secured a temporary injunction preventing three individuals from representing themselves as acting in any official capacity on behalf of the club.

The High Court injunction, sought by Bray Wanderers Ltd, is against John Deering, a former director and minority shareholder in the  company, former goalkeeper Darren Quigley, and against Paul Lennon who had an agreement to sell advertising for the club.

The company said it has no option other than to come to court due to the alleged actions of the three, including putting last weekend's game against Derry City in jeopardy.

The action was taken in order to prevent financial and reputation damage to the football club, it was claimed.

It claims Mr Deering is engaged in unlawful activities, such as falsely representing himself to be a director of the company and claiming that he is about to take charge of the team. He is being supported by Mr Lennon and Mr Quigley, it is claimed

The injunction, granted on an ex parte basis where only one side was present in court, prevents the three from entering or trespassing at the League of Ireland club's premises at Carlisle Grounds, Bray Co Wicklow.

They are also restrained from misrepresenting and impersonating directors of the club, from purporting to act in an official capacity or from purporting to call official meetings relating to the club.

They must also not publish any material, on any medium, purporting to be official information about the club.

Ronan Lupton BL for Bray Wanderers Ltd, said the injunction arises out of number of recent incidents.

Last Saturday, counsel said, the game between Bray and Derry City was put in jeopardy when Mr Deering arrived at the ground with a group of others, including Mr Lennon and Mr Quigley, and with two gardai.

Mr Deering represented himself as a director and said he was taking charge of the club's affairs with immediate effect. He claimed that four directors had been removed from the Bray Wanderers company.

Following conversations involving the gardai, the League of Ireland and the FAI, Mr Deering and the others agreed to leave. The game against Derry proceeded.

However counsel said Mr Deering has also given a number of interviews to media to say that he would be taking charge from Monday July 13. Counsel said Mr Deering is not a director nor has he any authority to take charge.

Bray Wanderers Ltd chairman Denis O'Connor said in an affidavit that Mr Deering, of Kilgobbin Road Stepaside, Dublin, is a former director and a small shareholder in the company (with 2.26 per cent)

Mr O'Connor said previously Mr Deering, who said he represented a Northern Irish Company, approached the club concerning a proposed development of offices, retail units and a football stadium.

The proposal was not deemed feasible by the company, Mr O'Connor said. He said Mr Deering continued to communicate with him in a manner he described as "bordering on harassment."

He said Mr Deering went on to call an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of the company, which Mr O'Connor said he was not entitled to do.

This action caused maximum damage to the club when it was undergoing a restructuring process. Mr O'Connor said a purported EGM was called for Saturday July 11 last. That meeting was not validly called, he said.

The court also heard the other two men, Mr Quigley of Charlesland Wood, Charlesland, Greystones Co Wicklow, and Mr Lennon, of Mill Meadows, Arklow, Co Wicklow, have also been in dispute with the club over monies they claimed they are owed.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan said he was satisfied to grant the injunction. The matter will return before the court next week.

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