Sunday 25 August 2019

All change at Albion

Jappa deposed as club Chairman

James (Jappa) Murphy, a long-time Wexford Albion stalwart
James (Jappa) Murphy, a long-time Wexford Albion stalwart

Brendan Furlong

The local soccer season is still a few weeks away, but already there is quite a stir in the capital town after the Wexford Albion Schoolboys Club general meeting when a new Chairperson was elected.

James 'Jappa' Murphy, who has been at the helm of affairs for up to five years, was surprisingly defeated for the hot seat by Lynda Dempsey when the club held its first meeting of this nature in three years.

When club members assembled for the meeting on Thursday, July 23, both were proposed for the position, with Dempsey winning out narrowly after a vote.

While much disappointment was subsequently expressed with the defeat of 'Jappa', who is part and parcel of Wexford Albion and such an influential figure, the long-serving former Chairman was unanimously elected to the club committee.

Following the change there has been plenty of rumours and social media discontent at the removal of 'Jappa' as Chairman.

However, the club is now anxious to move on as the new Chairperson was elected by a democratic vote of the members, a decision that has been accepted in the best interests of the club.

At a time when so much is being said, Wexford Albion are still looking ahead to the 2015-'16 season which they believe is the biggest season in the history of the club.

They will continue to field teams at schoolboys level, some twelve in all, as this has been the strength of the club dating back to the late Jack Carthy.

However, the club is now looking to progress to adult level.

Wexford Albion have applied to the Wexford Football League to have two Junior teams affiliated for the new season.

Having fielded one Youths team, they have also sought permission from the league for a second Youths team for the new season.

The club has two grounds, at Kennedy Park and also at the top of Coolcotts Lane, which they are interested in purchasing and developing for Youths and Junior football, along with schoolboys football.

The club acknowledge that while 'Jappa' was a real driving force behind their progress, they are happy that he was unanimously elected to the committee and will continue to have a voice into the future running of the club.

As one club member said: 'Jappa at the annual meeting congratulated Linda on her election and offered her his full support'.

The club is still awaiting notification from the Wexford Football League regarding their application for inclusion in the Junior league, but they are confident of receiving a positive response.

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