Linfield are the visitors for the final league game of the season which comes just seven days before the teams meet again in the Irish Cup Final on May 7th.
With both teams secure in their respective league positions both managers can be a bit more relaxed about the encounter and not have to risk players ahead of the final. Certainly for Gary Hamilton it’s a chance to give some players who are recovering from injuries and knocks a chance to get 90 minutes under their belts and demonstrate their fitness and possibly stake a claim in the 16 man cup final squad.
“The fact we managed to secure third place last week takes all the pressure off. It’s an ideal situation for both clubs,” Hamilton told the Lurgan Mail this week.
“We have players who are recovering from injury so it is vital they get through 90 minutes to see if they can figure in the cup final squad.”
James McGrath will get his first league start of the season in goal while Daniel Kearns, Mark Sykes, Andy McGrory, Declan O’Brien and David Elebert will benefit from the 90 minutes.
The Big Breakfast
Don’t forget the Big Breakfast is tomorrow morning in the Bedeck Suite from 9am-12pm with all proceeds going to the Southern Area Hospice Services. Breakfast for the adults will be £5 with kids eating for £3 – so be sure to bring along the whole family to get your tummy filled before the big game. For more information contact Lisa Hamill on 028 3025 1333 or email [email protected]
Cup Final Merchandise
If you haven’t got your Cup Final outfit sorted yet BlueZone is open tonight from 7-9pm, tomorrow before kick off and every night next week from 7-9pm.
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The Board of Directors and Glenavon Development Group would first like to thank all who participated in the Glenavon 125th Anniversary Mega Draw. The draw was the most successful in the club’s history generating over £20,000 income for the Club. Importantly, the success of the draw meant that the Board of Directors is able to use the profit generated to help the manager attract quality players to the club. Whilst the board has been encouraged greatly by the upturn in attendance in recent years, gate receipts alone are not sufficient to enable an Irish League Premiership club to function successfully. It is essential that clubs generate income through other sources such as sponsorship, advertising and various fundraising activities.
The fortunes of Glenavon Football Club, both on and off the field, have improved significantly in recent years. The Board of Directors is committed to ensuring this progress is maintained. To help us achieve this goal the board has taken the decision to launch a further fundraising draw tomorrow in the Bedeck Suite: Mega Draw 2. As you will see it again offers the opportunity to win an attractive range of prizes including a top prize of £20,000. Once again there will also be sellers’ prizes. The draw will be formally launched tomorrow following the Linfield game, with early bird prizes on offer for early entries.
If you require further information or would like to enter the draw please speak with any Director. It is hoped that tickets will also be available to purchase online in due course.
Once again thank you for your support in the past and Good Luck in Mega Draw 2!
This Saturday, 30th April will see Southern Area Hospice team up with Glenavon FC to host a Glenavon Big Breakfast (pdf) The breakfast will serve as a warm up to Glenavon’s final league game against Cup Final rivals Linfield.
A classic Ulster Fry will be served by a group of Hospice volunteers from 9am-12pm.
Lisa Hamill, Regional Marketing Officer at the Southern Area Hospice said “We are so delighted to be hosting a big breakfast with Glenavon FC and we are really looking forward to a great morning in the club on Saturday 30th April. I would encourage as many people as possible to come along and enjoy a full Ulster Fry. Our volunteers will be working very hard in preparation for all the food. All the money raised will help the Hospice to continue to provide care and support to people in the local area who are living with Cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, HIV and Aids. Every penny really does count as we work towards our 2016 fundraising target of £2.42 million.”
Breakfast for the adults will be £5 with kids eating for £3 – so be sure to bring along the whole family to get your tummy filled before the big game.
For more information contact Lisa Hamill on 028 3025 1333 or email [email protected]
There is now only 1 Irish Cup Final shirt remaining for sponsorship! While James McGrath has been kept out of the squad by the in-form Jonny Tuffey, he has shown great loyalty to the Club and deserves to have his shirt snapped up. The last shirt can be obtained for £150 and will be sold on a ‘first come, first served basis.’ Anyone interested should contact Eddie Drury by phone or text on 07866 273306. Thanks to all who have already sponsored one of the shirts!
Glenavon’s application for their UEFA club licence and Premiership licence for 2016-17 has been granted.
The news was revealed on Tuesday following a meeting of the Licensing Committee on Monday night. In their confirmation, the committee said Glenavon had met all the required standards for both licenses.
“The exacting work put into obtaining these licenses by Gerry Marks and Frazer Follis is considerable and extremely time consuming. The board owes both of them a very well deserved vote of thanks and congratulations,” said Glenavon chairman Adrian Teer.