FAI CEO John Delaney officially opened the new all-weather pitch at Ballymoe FC last weekend following a late change to his schedule.
The Irish soccer supremo had been due in the Co. Galway town on Saturday afternoon but “was forced to make changes to a busy schedule of club visits over the weekend” according to a club statement.
Speaking at the official opening, Delaney said: “Apologies about yesterday, I think I’ve visited about 2,000 clubs during my time in the role and I’ve never missed an official engagement ever but I was just not able to travel. But I’m here and delighted to be here.”
Club secretary, Kathleen Hegarty, also announced that Ballymoe FC received €10,000 in funding for the pitch development from the Football Association of Ireland, which it is hoped will provide a huge boost to football in the area.
Ballymoe FC was also presented with 50 tickets for Tuesday night’s Republic of Ireland match against Oman during what was a momentous day for the club.
John Delaney also vowed to return to Ballymoe and promised the club his support in financing floodlights for the new pitch.