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St Joseph's take cash row with Bray to FAI

BRAY Wanderers secured their Premier Division status on the field last weekend with a 1-1 draw against Dundalk - but the Co Wicklow club could have a problem in getting a Premier Division licence for next season due to a row with local schoolboy club St Joseph's Boys, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.

Nursery club Joeys have a long association with Bray as dozens of players have come into the League of Ireland after learning their trade with the Sallynoggin outfit.

But Joeys have formally complained to the FAI in a dispute over monies owed by Bray, the schoolboy side claiming they are owed €41,000 by Wanderers.

The two parties have been in dispute for some time over "solidarity payments" for players, but relations deteriorated over the division of profits from a summer friendly between Bray and a Manchester United XI, a game related to the sale of striker Sam Byrne (inset) from Joeys to United.

"It is with deep regret that St Joseph's Boys has written to the FAI & the Independent Club Licensing Committee stating St Joseph's Boys' objection to a Club Licence being awarded to Bray Wanderers for participation in the 2015 SSE Airtricity League season on the basis that there is a substantial five figure sum owed to St Joseph's Boys," the club said in a statement.

"As a club we feel as though we have shown great patience, understanding and a large degree of goodwill towards Bray Wanderers however we feel as though we are left with no other option but to pursue this course of action in the best interests of St Josephs Boys AFC and its members."

Bray boss Alan Mathews has stated his confidence that the club's money problems will be solved.

"I'm very satisfied that it will be sorted out," Mathews said.

"There are a lot of people working here to keep senior football in Bray, in Wicklow. With the people who are working, and the commitments they've given and the team stabilising its position in the Premier Division, I think we'll be OK."