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'Roddy versus JD, three rounds'- Roddy Collins challenges John Delaney to white-collar boxing match

In a bid to save the club from financial ruin, Waterford United manager Roddy Collins has challenged FAI CEO John Delaney to a charity boxing match.

Collins, who is the brother of former world champion boxer Steve, is currently serving a six-game ban for describing the domestic league as a ‘shambles’, but had no reservations in asking the most powerful man in Irish football to get in the ring and throw down.

Delaney, of course, is a Waterford native and was once a Director of his hometown club, who are not only mired in monetary problems but also sit sixth in the first division.

Collins believes that the profile of such an unlikely white-collar match up would garner more than enough money to bring United back from the brink.

The former Carlisle United boss has already scouted potential venues in the Waterford area, and believes each combatant should adequately prepare for the bout.

Describing his would be foe as a Waterford United ‘stalwart’, Collins was adamant that the proposal was not motivated by a desire to take retribution for the disciplinary action taken against him.

Furthermore, he appealed to football fans from all four corners of Ireland to help save Waterford United.

“I want to challenge FAI chief executive John Delaney to a white-collar boxing match to raise funds for Waterford United,” he explained to

“I want to stage the bout in the Woodlands Hotel in Waterford. Three rounds. John, given training requirements, can choose the date. It would be great craic and for a great cause.”

“We need support. We need fans living in Waterford, all around the country and abroad to come together and ensure a stable future for the club."

“But in the short-term, money is required to keep the show on the road. And that’s where a great Waterford United stalwart like John Delaney comes in.

“People might think I’m kidding, or that this is a hangover from my recent dealings with the FAI. But it’s not. If anything, I’m holding out an olive branch.

“Roddy versus JD, three rounds in the Woodlands Hotel. We’d pack the place out and all for a brilliant cause. We could secure the future of the club in one night.”

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