From the ring to the pitch: Wicklow’s wrestling star Finn Balor donates €500 to Bray Wanderers
Wrestling star Finn Balor has donated €500 to Bray Wanderers to help them get up-and-running following the coronavirus pandemic.
Fergal Devitt, who was born in Bray where his family still live, was the first-ever Universal champion in WWE before returning to NXT last year.
The Seagulls had only played two games before their season was cut short and, like many other clubs in the league, they needed to raise some funds to get going again – €30,000 in their case with just under €4,000 raised so far.
“Our players and backroom teams have all made huge sacrifices during this period to ensure the club’s survival for which we are extremely grateful,” Bray say in their plea.
The seaside club say there will be a significant financial burden as they try and bring their Carlisle Grounds home up to HSE standards.
“Primarily we must ensure that the Carlisle Grounds are safe for the return of football with many new measures to be introduced to comply with COVID-19 related health and safety guidelines to ensure hygiene standards and allow for suitable social distancing as with any workplace,” they add.
“This is to ensure the safety of players, management, officials, volunteers and hopefully for the return of supporters (dependent on HSE guidelines).
“This will involve modifications to various facilities throughout the stadium including dressing rooms, medical room as well as cleaning procedures.”