Waterford Town FC has a new owner for the third time since 2017 but Andy Pilley, who also owns Fleetwood Town in the English Football League has promised he is in it for the long haul.

Pilley has bought full ownership of the club and will now become the Club Chairman with his son Jamie also joining the board alongside Fleetwood Town CEO Steve Curwood.

The Fleetwood Town website described the deal in terms of Waterford being added to the Fleetwood Town Football Group’s Worldwide portfolio.

Pilley bought Fleetwood Town and his ownership has seen them rise from lowly non-league status to the third tier of the game in England. Last season they avoided relegation but have started this year’s campaign with one win and three draws from four matches. They will entertain Everton this evening in the Football League Cup.

Waterford currently lies 3rd in the SSE Airtricity First Division and will be hoping to secure promotion back to the top flight via the end-of-season play-offs.

Attending some of those games may be challenging for Pilley who faces a court case concerning accusations of fraud at one of his companies and which is scheduled to be heard in England starting on October 10th. Pilley has claimed the charges are p[art of a personal vendetta. The company in question Business Energy Supplies id the main sponsor of Fleetwood Town.

“This is a real honour to have acquired Waterford FC, who I believe remain one of the biggest in Irish Football,” said Pilley.

“The opportunity was presented to me last week and having attended the games against Galway and Cork, I was blown away by the level of support from the fans, the passion of the local people and the potential there is here at the club.”

“Having spent time around the City, the word stability is something which consistently figured high on supporters wish-lists, so that’s something which I feel is going to be hugely important going forward. We want to put a professional infrastructure into Waterford FC similar to the one we have over in the UK where we’ve had enormous success.”

“The secret of success here will be the whole city coming together. The football club needs to become aligned with the community, the supporters, the business community, and the Council. For me this is a long-term investment into a club and the city.”

“In 18-years as a club owner, I feel I’ve learned a lot about what is required to make a football club successful – myself and my senior staff can make a big impact at Waterford.”