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Business boost for Sligo with Rovers Europa Conference League run

The Showgrounds will host a third ECL match next Thursday when VIking FC comes to town from Norway with 300 supporters

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The front window of EJ Menswear on Grattan Street, Sligo.

The front window of EJ Menswear on Grattan Street, Sligo.

Penneys on O'Connell Street supporting Sligo Rovers in Europe.

Penneys on O'Connell Street supporting Sligo Rovers in Europe.

Lady Erin on Old Market Street is bedecked in a Sligo Rovers scarf.

Lady Erin on Old Market Street is bedecked in a Sligo Rovers scarf.

Matt Lyons shop on Stephen Street.

Matt Lyons shop on Stephen Street.

Mullaney's on O'Connell Street flying the Sligo Rovers colours.

Mullaney's on O'Connell Street flying the Sligo Rovers colours.

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The front window of EJ Menswear on Grattan Street, Sligo.

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Sligo’s businesses have embraced the history making run of Sligo Rovers in the Europa Conference League by displaying lots of red and white.

The flags and buntings began to go up last week in advance of the second round second leg match against Scottish Premier Division side, Motherwell and will remain in place as the Bit O’Red take on Viking FK of Norway.

Rovers have travelled in big numbers to England to see the first round match against Balla Town and to Fir Park in Motherwell in the second round, losing in their first leg to Viking FC in Norway.

The away days have been magical but so too has been the home fixtures and the atmosphere around Sligo on the day of last week’s match with Motherwell was something special with around 1,000 away fans enjoying the hospitality of the town. The matches have proven to be a big boost for local hotels, pubs and restaurants with fans, teams and match officials all staying locally. Another big week awaits with some 300 Viking fans due in Sligo next week.

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