Club statement

To our supporters,

Firstly, we would like to commend every single fan and volunteer for their incredible support throughout our 125th year. Whether it was buying a Season Ticket, purchasing merchandise in the Shels Club Shop, subscribing to our Patreon, putting in hours of your free time or the many truly brilliant displays we have seen all year, our fans have once more shown themselves to be the best in the country.

We’re devastated that our first season back in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division ended the way it did. From our strong start in sold out stadiums to utterly unprecedented behind closed doors games, it was most definitely not how we envisaged it. Of course, returning to the First Division is a huge setback for our men’s senior team and we want to assure our supporters that planning is already underway to ensure we’re best-placed to challenge for promotion back to where we belong in 2021.

Ian Morris and his backroom team have been hurt deeply by the season’s end and are determined to bring the Reds back to Ireland’s top flight. Ian will appear on a special edition of The 1895 Podcast on Tuesday next week, and this will be available to all supporters to listen to for free. We would also like to invite supporters to send in their questions for Ian to

Though obviously a disappointment, our long term planning remains in place and we are buoyed by the success we’re seeing within our Academy and our Women’s National League team. Our WNL team face their biggest game of the season on Saturday against Peamount United, where a win will bring the league title and we are starting to see the fruits of our Academy with players progressing successfully into our senior teams.

Off the field planning is well underway with exciting new merchandise, kits and season ticket options to be announced in the coming days and weeks. As ever, your incredible support is greatly appreciated through the highs and lows this great Dublin institution has been through. Thank you for keeping the red flag flying high.

Board of Management

Shelbourne FC

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