Drogheda United FC, Drogheda Boys FC and Drogheda Girls FC are delighted to announce their intention to amalgamate in order to create a significant new community-based football club in Drogheda and its environs, under the Drogheda United brand.
Built around the concept of “A Club for Life”, the intention is to develop up to 40 teams to cater for boys/girls/men/women of all levels throughout their playing lives and thereafter in a coaching or volunteering role.
To support this, the intention is to build a new €2-3m training centre on Drogheda Boys’ existing land on Marley’s Lane in Drogheda, consisting of up to three pitches and a new clubhouse including a gym and community facilities.
Jonathan Hill, Chief Executive of the FAI, commented: “On behalf of the Football Association of Ireland, I want to congratulate all involved with this project. The primary function of all football clubs is to serve their local communities so to see Drogheda United and Drogheda Boys & Girls unite and embark on this journey together to build a football club for everyone in their community is a huge positive for our game in the North East. I know first-hand how much great work is going on in Drogheda on and off the pitch and I can assure everyone involved that we will fully support this initiative and look forward to working closely with the football community in Drogheda in bringing this amalgamation to life.”
Graham Campbell, Chairman of Drogheda Boys, said: “We will never lose the heritage of Drogheda Boys and Girls but we know that partnering with Drogheda United is the best thing for our players, coaches and volunteers. Together we will be stronger and will build something to protect football in Drogheda for future generations”.
“This is a major development for the future of football in Drogheda. We have a lot of work to do to make this happen – we need the assistance of the Government, FAI and the local community to raise the monies required to build this training centre and a new stadium. But I’m confident that a newly expanded club can really drive this forward”, said Conor Hoey, Chairman of Drogheda United.
The plans of the partnership proposal are available to download in the pdf below.