Saturday 17 March 2018

Bohs set to apply for licence

BOHEMIANS will today submit an application for a League of Ireland Premier Division licence following negotiations with players last night, WRITES RUAIDHRI O'CONNOR.

The Phibsboro club paid a week’s wages yesterday and must pay the remaining amount due by close of business today, before applying to play in the top flight next season.

After last night's meeting – attended by members of the board, manager Pat Fenlon, a number of players and their representatives from the PFAI – the club are believed to be confident they can deliver the outstanding amount.

It represents a remarkable turnaround for the cashstrapped outfit, who revealed at the beginning of the month that they needed €300,000 to be in a position to apply for the licence, and a further €400,000 to make it through to the start of the season.

Fundraising by fans and members raised enough to satisfy their Revenue bill up until the end of October last week, while the club, who are holding an EGM on December 13, was seeking members’ loans and outside investment in the hope of securing additional funding.

A club statement released late last night read: “The club expects to be in a position (today) to submit its application for a licence to play in the Premier Division of the Airtricity League.”

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