Derry City Football Club has issued an objection to a local social club using its name, the Derry News has learned.
The objection was revealed after the Derry City FC Sports and Social Club, located at Crawford Square, applied to the local council for a renewal of an entertainments licence.
The licence renewal was discussed at Thursday afternoon’s meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Health and Community committee, at the Guildhall.
At the meeting, Seamus Donaghy, Head of Community and Wellbeing with the council said that both the PSNI and Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) had been consulted and had no objection to the application.
However, Mr Donaghy said that a letter of objection had been received from the chairman of Derry City Football Club, Philip O’Doherty, requesting that the applicant desist from using the name of Derry City FC.
In the letter, Mr O’Doherty stated: “We wish to strongly object to the recent Application in the local press for a Social Club using the name of Derry City Football Club.
“We have been asking the social club in question to desist from using our name for several years without success.”
Mr O’Doherty added that the Board of Directors are ‘keen to meet Council to discuss in person if deemed appropriate’.
Mr Donaghy told the meeting that due to current legislation, the council could not take this into consideration, adding that it was a private matter between the two parties, Derry City FC and the the Derry City FC Sports and Social Club.
Councillors then agreed to grant the licence renewal.
The social club first opened its doors in 2009, and has hosted a number of events for the club, such as the unveiling of Declan Devine and Roddy Collins as past managers.
Prior to its opening, Derry City's Board of Directors said the social club would become ‘a focal point for supporters, sponsors and the general public in order to make the venture a financial success for the club in the long term.’
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