Two well known Glenavon fans taking part in ‘Tesco Come Dancing’ will be asking for your support this Saturday while carrying out a bucket collection prior to the Ballymena game. Garry McClune and Sandra McCracken will be pulling on their sequined costumes to compete against 11 other couples on 10th June in the gala evening in the Carrickdale Hotel. Garry and Sandra have been undergoing 12 weeks of dance training alongside fundraising for the event, with all proceeds going to Tesco NI’s chosen charities including the Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund, Cash for Kids NI, the Eamonn Morgan Trust, Diabetes UK, and the British Heart Foundation. They would very much appreciate your support.
The thoughts of everyone at Glenavon are with the family circle of Ryan McBride and our friends in football at Derry City FC following Ryan’s untimely death which was announced last night.
Ryan, an inspirational figure at the heart of the Brandywell club’s defence, captained the Derry City squad which played a friendly at Mourneview Park last June as part of the build up to our 2016/17 Europa League games.
He will be remembered as one of the outstanding centre backs ever to play League of Ireland football. A sad, sad loss to his family and to the game.
Young Celtic ‘superfan’ Jay Beatty was a special guest at tonight’s training session where he met and had a kick-about with the first team squad. Jay is helping to organize a Down’s and Proud all-day event in the Woodville Arms on Saturday April 8th and we’d encourage you all to support this if you’re able.
We’d like to thank Prestige Wedding Cars for donating the 2016 Irish Cup Final jersey of Andy Kilmartin which they had sponsored. Jay was presented with the jersey, signed by all the players, by Joel Cooper and Rhys Marshall.
“Me and my family have been overwhelmed, and I mean overwhelmed, and that’s not strong enough, by the support that the football club has given us over this period and is continuing to give us.
“I went in last Saturday after the game to all the supporters clubs and I just thanked everybody and asked them to pass my thanks on to all their members as I won’t be able to speak to everyone personally, just to thank them for everything.
“Also all the Board of Directors, big Adrian who came to the house, all the people associated with the football club, the stewards and the players, every single one of them have been unbelievable, and not just the open stuff that you see, where people attend the funeral, but all the private messages and things like that.
“You look at our football club and it’s a good football club and it’s well run and it’s a family club but it’s only when things like this happen, and you look at people as people, when you cut the football opinions out of it, they’re the most decent and genuine group of people I’ve ever had the privilege to work with.
“Gary has been an absolute rock for me. The day my son died, Gary and I were talking about the team for Saturday and the way we would play and all of a sudden within the space of an hour, everything is turned upside down but Gary’s first thought went to me and my family and him and Faye have been so supportive, it’s been unbelievable.
“I hope you’ll forgive me if I’ve left anyone out but thanks to you all for being there for me and my family.”
The funeral of Paul Millar’s son Philip took place this afternoon in Helens Bay, County Down. Glenavon players, management/coaching and backroom staff and the Board of Directors formed a guard of honour outside the church. The huge attendance at the service included many familiar faces in local football and the media as well as current and former Irish League managers and players/ex-players, Derry City manager Kenny Shields, former Wales international defender Nathan Blake together with past Glenavon players including Paddy McCourt, Kevin Braniff, James McGrath, David Rainey, Gareth McKeown, Adam Foley, Shane McCabe, Declan O’Brien and Tony Grant.
Philip was laid to rest in nearby Crawfordsburn.