Kilkenny resign league position
Irish Daily Mirror January 18, 2008*
Kilkenny City Football Club has tendered its resignation from the eircom League of Ireland, citing “lack of finance, poor results and paltry attendances” as the reasons for its decision.
Kilkenny was one of three First Division clubs reported in recent weeks to be in dire financial straights.
And the Buckley Park club took the step to drop out of the eircom League on Friday afternoon, ending the city’s 23-year stint in senior soccer.
A statement from Kilkenny City read: “Following much discussion and soul searching it is the opinion of those closest to Kilkenny City Football Club that the club should resign its membership of the eircom League of Ireland due to lack of finance and inadequate support.
“We have battled hard over the years to win the hearts and minds of the local people but sadly, due to lack of finance, poor results and paltry attendances, we have to admit that there is not an appetite for senior soccer at this moment in our city and county.
“We believe that we are taking the correct decision in the best interests of Kilkenny City FC and the game of soccer.
“We thank those who have supported us since our election to the League of Ireland in 1985 and if circumstances change we will consider reapplying for membership of the League in the future.
“The Board of Kilkenny City FC would also like to express its thanks to the FAI for its support and advice over the years and will shortly engage in discussions with them regarding the future path of Kilkenny City Football Club.
“In the short-term our energies will be channelled into the organisation of next month’s Under-17 international between the Republic of Ireland and Finland at our Buckley Park grounds and we look forward to being considered for more games of this type in the future.”
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