Cash-strapped Mons’ fan plea

Monaghan United officials declared their intent to fulfil their fixtures this season despite a cash-flow crisis which as engulfing the club.

The Airtricity Premier Division club engaged in emergency meetings with fans on Tuesday night after their failure to attract a shirt sponsor for the season led to a financial shortfall.

Club chairman Jim McGlone told supporters at an open meeting that the club’s accounts, which were sent to the FAI to receive their licence at the start of the season, had budgeted for the sponsor. However, despite negotiations with six different suitors, each potential sponsor has pulled out.

“We intend to see out the season. Basically we’re trying to bring in the extra funding needed and are planning ahead,” said McGlone yesterday.

“We are confident we can go ahead but need people to roll in behind us. Despite our points total, we intend to be in the Premier next season.

“We had a lot of companies we were dealing with and six were practically over the line but pulled back. It just leaves us in a difficult situation.

“So we decided to go to the public and we had a very good meeting. The view of the people is that Monaghan United has to stay in Premier Division football, that the profile it brings to the town is very important and a lot of good ideas on how we make up the shortfall came forward.”

They have already received a positive response with financial backing to their opening fundraising plan. “We are looking for sponsors for seats in stand. There are 500 there and if we sold them we’d raise €50,000. We already sold half a dozen in the morning.”

With Derry City, Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers all visiting Gortakeegan in the next month the club also hopes for increased gate takings and is hoping for community support.

* If you would like to help the fundraising efforts: Ulster Bank, The Diamond, Monaghan, Branch Sort Code, 98-61-20, A/C No. 11333221.

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