With work ongoing at the Brandywell, Derry City have reversed their Premier Division tie with Sligo Rovers on Friday 23rd February to the Showgrounds in Sligo with the original away game later in the season moved to the Brandywell.
The move is to allow redevelopment work to be completed at the Derry venue.
It means Derry’s first home game will be against Dundalk on March 2nd.
Derry start their season next weekend away to Waterford United.
The club released a statement on their website confirming the moved game…
“Derry City F.C. wish to update their supporters on the redeveloped Brandywell Stadium and the approaching football season. The club and their supporters look forward to the new facilities that will enhance the experience of returning to the Brandywell.
The Club had expected to move into the new facility last November. That slipped to the end of December and the last update has necessitated the rearranging of the game against Sligo on the 23rd February. That game will now be played in Sligo and the away game to Sligo later in the season will take place at the Brandywell. The Club is very grateful to Sligo Rovers F.C. for their understanding and help in this situation.
These delays have been most frustrating for the Club. They have interrupted preseason plans to acquaint our players with the new surface and they have stalled an extensive programme of events to introduce residents, fans, sponsors and potential new supporters to the new facilities.
Despite this, we remind ourselves and our supporters that we have waited many long years for this new development and these few weeks will be put behind us as we continue to work to ensure that we can be proud of the Brandywell experience.”