(pic from official Sporting Fingal website)

Waterford United are delighted to announce that they have today completed the signing of Keith Quinn from Sporting Fingal for the 2011 season.

Blues boss Stephen Henderson is delighted to have secured the services of the promising 22-year-old Dubliner, who plays primarily in central midfield, but is equally at home on the left wing and at left full-back. He made a total of 20 appearances in a variety of roles for Fingal in the last campaign.

Keith spent three seasons at Sheffield United, captaining their FA Youth Cup side and making the first team, before signing for the Ravens In January of 2010. At one point he was one of three siblings at Bramall Lane – older brother Stephen still plays for the Blades and eldest Alan has since moved on to Ipswich Town.

Michael Rafter (from the Colchester United website)

Waterford United have made another number of signings over the past few days, adding to the squad for the 2011 campaign.

The Blues are delighted to announce that another to newly arrive is striker Michael Rafter, a very promising young forward signed from Colchester United on a one-season deal. The 18 year old Tipperary native, a former St Kevin’s schoolboys player, only signed a pro contract for the Us this summer, after two years with their youth and reserve sides. He has represented Ireland at U15, U16, U17, U18 and U19 levels.

The Blues midfield has been bolstered by the re-signing of Gary Dunphy and Shane Barrett from last season’s panel. 22-year-old Gary had an excellent 2010 season at the heart of the Blues midfield, delivering on his undoubted potential, playing a big part in 32 matches in total, and putting in some truly immense performances. Shane only signed in the summer of 2010, and an untimely appendix operation put something of a crimp on his season, but a number of assured performances nonetheless showed that his presence for the new campaign can only add to the United squad.

The club are also delighted to announce tonight that they have secured the services of striker Willie John Kiely for the 2012 season also. The Abbeyside hitman, joint top-scorer in this year’s First Division with 18 goals, recently committed his future to the Blues, but he has now extended his contract to a two-year deal.

Manager Stephen Henderson, vice-chairman Sam White, and the newly returned fans favourite Kenny Browne were on hand as Waterford United launched their 2011 season ticket at John Ryan’s in Waterford city at the weekend.
Young Mark Whittle became the first to sign up for the Junior Blues season ticket at the launch. The kids ticket, priced at a superb value €35, is already proving hugely popular, an ideal Christmas gift for young football fans.
In fact, Christmas gifts ideas are sorted for all football fans in the region, as adult tickets have also been reduced to just €150 (€85 concessions) for the coming campaign.
The tickets are on sale now, from the club office, from John Ryan’s on Patrick Street, and online on this site!
(photo with thanks to Paul Elliot of Waterford Soccer Monthly)

The Junior Blues Academy will return on Sunday next, December 19.

Recent sessions have fallen foul of the inclement weather, and the pitch remains unplayable for the next number of days while it recovers from the snow and ice.

The Academy will be back as normal on Sunday December 19th, from 10.30 to 12.00 noon, for the final session before the Christmas break.

Waterford United is delighted to announce that the club’s Press Officer John Kehoe has been nominated for the prestigious Press Officer of the Year Award by the Soccer Writers Association of Ireland.

The award goes to the Press Officer who has most  helped the media in their efforts to cover the Airtricity League of Ireland in 2010.

In a deserved nomination, John has been instrumental in keeping the Irish media aware of all that has been going on at the club, not only in 2010 but throughout the past number of years.

His media releases as well as his weekly team bulletin have served as a template that many other clubs have adopted and utlisied for the past number of years.

Also on the Press Officer of the Year shortlist are Cork City’s Eanna Buckley and Dundalk’s Keith Wallace.

Meanwhile the Club Website of the Year shortlist was also released today with Shamrock Rovers, St Patrick’s Athletic and Dundalk getting the nod.

Both awards will be announced next Monday evening at a ceremony in Dublin.

Long Signs For 2011

December 5th, 2010

Waterford United are pleased to confirm that Seamus Long today became the latest of this past season’s Blues squad to re-sign for the 2011 season.

The Belfast native joined the Blues in January of 2009 from Douglas Hall, and previously had spells at Shamrock Rovers, with whom he won promotion in 2006, and UCD.

The teak-tough and versatile defender formed a formidable partnership with Kevin Murray at the heart of the defence last season, and his ability to play at left or right back and defensive midfield will be a huge boost to Stephen Henderson’s defensive options for the new campaign.

Long joins Murray, Kevin Burns, Michael Coady, Paul Murphy and Willie John Kiely in re-signing from last season, and Kenny Browne who signed yesterday from Sporting Fingal, as the Blues squad begins to take shape for 2011.


Fletch Returns To The RSC

December 5th, 2010

Waterford United are delighted to announce that defender Kenny Browne has returned to the RSC for the 2011 season.

The Waterford-born centre-back spent six seasons with the Blues from 2004, establishing himself as a key part of the side, and a firm fans favourite, culminating in the 2009 Supporters Player of the Year award.

 Moving to Sporting Fingal on a full-time contract at the start of this year, “Fletch” spent a successful season with the Dublin club, with a fourth place league finish, and a call-up to the Ireland U-23 side in May.

 His return to his old stomping grounds at the RSC is a huge boost for the Blues ahead of the forthcoming season, as manager Stephen Henderson continues to bolster the squad ahead of the new campaign.

With the UEFA Europa League final scheduled for the Aviva Stadium on May 18th 2011, the opportunity for fans to purchase tickets will be available from December 16th next when a special domestic ballot will open to provide Irish football fans a unique prospect of securing a ticket for this historic game.

UEFA have announced that football fans in the Republic of Ireland will be able to apply for exclusive tickets for the UEFA Europa League final from December 16 – January 13 from the FAI website (www.fai.ie) and the UEFA website (www.uefa.com)

Residents of the Republic of Ireland will be able to apply for two tickets per applicant and once the application period has expired on January 13, every valid application will enter the ballot, irrespective of the time of submission.
UEFA also announced ticket prices for the UEFA Europa League final as follows:

• Category 4 – €50
• Category 3 – €80
• Category 2 – €105
• Category 1 – €135

Wheelchair tickets are also available for €50 which includes one free ticket for their attendant.

It is unknown yet if tickets will be available to clubs so it is important for any fan to apply through this ballot.

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