Serious split sees cup winners go it alone
A serious split has developed in the Dundalk City ladies club with the senior team that won the WFAI Cup in December voting to stay independent of Dundalk FC and not to embrace the proposed merger of the clubs.Team manager Tommy Tasker has also has turned his back on the merger, siding with the players, and told yesterday (Tuesday) that the team had already been made offers o
A serious split has developed in the Dundalk City ladies club with the senior team that won the WFAI Cup in December voting to stay independent of Dundalk FC and not to embrace the proposed merger of the clubs.
Team manager Tommy Tasker has also has turned his back on the merger, siding with the players, and told yesterday (Tuesday) that the team had already been made offers of pitch and training facilities after news broke of the side voting overwhelmingly not to go under the wing of the eircom League club.
There has been festering discontent over the move to merge the two clubs that was first proposed in December, apparently before Dundalk City’s great triumph at Lansdowne Road.
This resulted in a number of meetings, the first described as a heated affair last Tuesday at which Tasker confirmed yesterday that he walked out of in protest over the merger.
A further meeting then followed on Sunday which resulted in the players voting by an overwhelming majority not to join with Dundalk.
Tasker claimed that his players would under the proposed agreement between the clubs be required to pay out up to ?400 a season, comprised of a weekly subscription, registration and insurance fee to play, as well as carry out match day duties at Dundalk games, such as selling programmes and the club lottery, and help with catering and running the bar, and also attend functions.
From his enquiries, this did not apply to Dundalk’s other teams, such as the youths.
However, it’s believed that Dundalk offered to undertake to cover the running costs of the ladies club.
Tasker said: “I voiced my concerns at an early stage” sharing the view with other prominent members of the club that the proposed merger had been badly handled.
He said that team would return to training in the next three weeks, and had offers to use the facilities of local clubs within hours of their decision being revealed.
Efforts yesterday to contact Niall Gallagher, the chairman of the ladies club, and Dundalk CEO Peter Halpin to put their side of the affair were not successful.
Mr Gallagher was one of the officials present at last Tuesday’s turbulent meeting.