Galway Utd

  • Ballinrobe native Alan Murphy is one of 20 coaches who have been accepted on to the UEFA Pro Licence course that will be run by the Football Association of Ireland.

    The Galway United manager is one of nine coaches currently working in the SSE Airtricity League, while two of the other participants are managing in the Women’s National League, three are involved with Republic of Ireland international teams, and the others are thriving in their respective careers further afield.

    Former Westport Utd manager John Russell has also been accepted on the course.

    The full list of 2020/22 UEFA Pro Licence participants is: Tim Clancy, Dan Connor, Carlo Cudicini, Kevin Doherty, Daire Doyle, Tom Elmes, Anthony Hayes, Ruairdhi Higgins, Denis Hyland, Graham Kelly, Andy Keogh, Ian Morris, Alan Murphy, John O’Shea, Sean O’Shea, Aidan Price, Matthew Ross, John Russell, Ian Ryan, James Scott.

    In total, 90 coaches applied for the course with 35 completing the theory exams and interview process.

    The course will be delivered with contact blocks over an 18-month period, which will include international club visits, a study visit to UEFA headquarters, and individual club assessments. 

    This latest UEFA Pro Licence course had an individual online induction last week, with the group set to get together for the first block in November 2020.

  • Galway United have confirmed that Alan Murphy has left his role as manager.

    The 38-year-old Ballinrobe native, who is also the club’s all-time leading scorer as a player, took over as manager in July 2018, but saw his side endure a difficult start to the 2020 campaign, as they sit second from bottom with four points from seven games.

  • Galway United Football Club have  announced the appointment of Alan Murphy as first team manager.

    The Ballinrobe native has signed a contract with the club until the end of the 2018 SSE Airtricity League season.

    The 36-year-old has been in charge of United's under-17 team over the last two seasons and will remain in that role whilst carrying out his duties with the first team.

    Alan Murphy became Galway United’s all-time leading scorer earlier this season when he scored his 75th league goal for the club against Cobh Ramblers.

  • Galway United needed extra time to beat Athlone Town 2-1 in the EA Sports Cup last night.

    Bray Wanderers held off a spirited second half performance to defeat Wexford 3-2.

    Cabinteely were 1-nil winners away to Drogheda.

    Shelbourne saw off Bluebell 1-nil at Tolka Park.

    Limerick are away to Cobh Ramblers this evening.

    Longford Town entertain Ulster Senior League side Cockhill Celtic.


    Statement from Galway Utd regarding reports of an offer for majority shareholding: 

    Further to recent media reports the board of Galway United FC can confirm an offer has been received to take a majority shareholding in the club.

    Galway United FC is 100% owned by the Galway United Friends Co-operative, and at the Special General Meeting (SGM) that has been called to discuss this offer, each co-op member that can attend will vote and ultimately make the decision in relation to the proposed investment. Galway United Friends Co-operative is owned and democratically controlled by its members and is operated on the principle of “one Member – one Vote”.

    The co-op would encourage all paid up members to attend the SGM and have their voice heard by voting on the proposal on the night.

    This is a proposed long term investment in Galway United and initial commitments outlined include:


    1. Investment in the first team to target promotion to the Premier Division.
    2. Investment in the development of the club’s underage infrastructure and youth academy.
    3. Investment in a Galway United training facility.
    4. Recruitment of key personnel to ensure the right structures are in place both on and off the pitch to support the long-term development of the club. These individuals will be at board level, general management and a director of football.
    5. To play a bigger role in the community.


    Admission to the SGM will be only available to the following members. Members who have paid their full yearly membership (€180 for adults or €90 for concession class) or be part of the monthly payment scheme for at least two months. Members shall be at least 16 years of age, to be admitted to Society meetings. Lapsed members who pay their full yearly membership (€180 or €90) up to 48 hours before the meeting will also be entitled to attend. Lapsed members can make payment via the coop website at

    We recognise that members will need sufficient time to consider this proposal and to this end a meeting information pack will be forwarded to members in advance of the SGM.

    We recognise that members will need sufficient time to consider this proposal and to this end a meeting information pack will be forwarded to members in advance of the SGM.


  • Galway United are delighted to announce that Colin Kelly, Donal Higgins and Dara Costelloe have signed first team contracts with the club.

    United's under-17 team currently sit in second place in the Southern Elite Division and the trio have played hugely influential roles for Alan Murphy side, who have a play-off berth in sight.

    As well as managing United's first team, Alan Murphy has also managed the Tribesmen's under-17 team over the last two seasons and he was keen to add the talented trio to his first team squad for the remaining three league games in the SSE Airtricity League First Division.

    Colin Kelly, 16, is the highest goalscorer in underage football in the SSE Airtricity League.

    Kelly, who arrived from Mervue United at the start of the season, has scored an incredible 26 goals in 2018.

    The striker has appeared in all 20 of United's under-17 fixtures, often operating as a winger or in the number 10 role.

    Donal Higgins, 16, was appointed under-17 captain in 2018 after enjoying an impressive first season with the club last year after joining from Maree Oranmore.

    Higgins, like Colin Kelly, has been a mainstay for United this season, making 19 appearances, scoring an impressive 12 goals from midfield.

    Dara Costelloe, 15, has made a big impact since joining United's under-15 team last season from Limerick side Aisling Annacotty.

    Murphy brought the winger into his under-17 squad this season and Costelloe has already made his presence felt, making 17 appearances in 2018.