The former Barclays Bank on Clifton Street could see a new lease of life as a Boyle Sports UK Betting Shop. A planning application has been submitted to Fylde Council and the notice has been prominently put in the window. Many locals are pleased that the empty eye-sore of a premises is now being filled by a successful business which will create jobs in the area, however some locals have voiced their disapproval. Vexed Resident Christine Cooke told Lytham St Annes News “I’m incredibly disappointed that the lovely Lytham will have another betting shop. Betting shops tend to attract undesirables and we don’t want the area to look like Blackpool South Shore”. Roy Ambrose from Freckleton however said “This is great news – one less empty shop is good in my eyes”.
BoyleSports is Ireland’s largest independent bookmaker.
Headquartered in Dundalk, County Louth, the organisation has over 320 retail branches throughout Ireland and the UK.
They are also major operators in the online space with top-rated apps in both the Google Play and App Stores offering online sports betting, casino, bingo, gaming, poker and lottery services.
BoyleSports was established by John Boyle in 1982 when he opened his first betting shop in Markethill, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland. In 1989, five outlets were opened in Drogheda and in 2002, a further 14 new shops were opened.
The organisation had 77 shops by August 2004, and opened their 100th store two years later in 2006.
In February 2011, BoyleSports took over 17 new shops from Celtic Bookmakers, saving 100 jobs. Later that year BoyleSports saved 65 more jobs with a strategic takeover of 15 William Hill shops.
In July 2017, Conor Gray succeeded founder John Boyle as BoyleSports CEO who assumed the role of Executive Chairman.
In September 2018, BoyleSports celebrated the opening of their 250th shop in Kilcullen, Co. Kildare and announced plans to further expand its retail and online business.
In June 2019, BoyleSports announced they had entered the UK retail market with the acquisition of independent bookmaker Wilf Gilbert, who ran 13 betting shops in the Midlands, for an undisclosed sum.
In January 2020, BoyleSports expanded its operation in Northern Ireland by acquiring 33 William Hill shops making the company Ireland’s biggest retail bookmaker.
In 2021, Mark Kemp, managing director of the UK Tote Group was announced as the new CEO of BoyleSports following a company restructure. Former CEO Conor Gray’s role was changed to commercial director.