Bohemians Football Club will apply to the High Court on Friday for an order restraining the Eircom League from interfering with the registration of footballer David Williamson as one of its players. Bohemians claim the failure to register Mr Williamson is in breach of the League's own rules and reflects a decision urged on the League by Bohemians opponents, in particular League leaders Shelboune FC.
Mr Williamson played professionally in Hong Kong before returning to England in November 1999 where his agent had discussions with Bohemians about a possible contract. While those talks were continuing he agreed to play one match for Sligo Rovers and signed a standard registration form to cover this. He said both Sligo and Bohemians were aware of the continuing discussions about his playing with Bohemians.
He signed with Bohemians at the end of January for the rest of the season and completed a standard registration form. However he had been informed by Bohemians that the Eircom league Secretary had refused to register his transfer or release by Sligo Rovers and claimed he was ineligible to play for Bohemians. Counsel for Bohemians and Mr Williamson, Hugh Mohan was granted liberty in the High Court today to bring a motion on Friday for an interlocutory order restraining interference with the registration of Mr Williamson and for other orders including one directing registration of the player.
Meanwhile, across the water tonight Wolves thrashed John Aldridge's Tranmere 4-0 in the Nationwide League Division 1. Ade Akinbiyi scored the first to set up the victory with Lee Naylor adding a second on half-time. A Darren Bazeley goal put the tie beyond doubt before Akinbiyi finished Tranmere off with his second. In Scotland the Celtic versus Kilmarnock CIS Insurance Cup semi-final survived the weather and it proved a successful night for the Parkhead Bhoys. Lubomir Moravcik scored the only goal on 66 minutes while a second bookable offence saw Christophe Cocard red carded to end a dismal night for Kilmarnock. Elsewhere the Tennents Scottish Cup third round replay between Motherwell and Arbroath was postponed and rescheduled for Saturday.
At home, tonight's scheduled Eircom League first division match between leaders Longford Town and Kilkenny City was postponed due to the bad weather while in an Under-16 International friendly the Republic of Ireland were beaten 2-0 by Scotland at Whitehall. Both the Scottish goals came in the first-half from Derek Riordain and Simon Lappin.