Glenavon legend Paul Byrne has been confirmed to make the final draw in Glenavon’s Mega Draw 2 (which has run as planned from October 2016 until July 2017) at the half-time interval of Monday night’s pre-season friendly against the Crystal Palace Development squad (7.45pm). The top prize on offer on Monday evening will be £20,000.
Paul, one of the most popular players ever to wear the royal blue jersey, played for Glenavon from 1983 until 1999 and made a club record 643 appearances.
We’d like to avoid any potential confusion regarding the Crystal Palace friendly which may have arisen. The game will be played at Mourneview Park next Monday July 17th, kick off 7:45pm, not tonight as stated in some of the local media today.
The former Dundalk, Derry City, Bohemians and Drogheda United striker Marc Griffin has agreed to join Glenavon on a one year deal with the option of a second year. The 26 year old, who was born in Melbourne Australia, lives in Dundalk and works in Newry. He guested for Glenavon in both of last week’s pre-season friendlies.
Marc Griffin in action in last week’s friendly with Portadown. Photo by Maynard Collins
“Marc is a highly-rated, pacey striker who has played for some of the top clubs in the League of Ireland. He was recommended to me and I was impressed with him in our games against Crumlin and Portadown. He is in his mid twenties and I am delighted that he has agreed to join us” said Gary Hamilton today.
Marc is expected to line out for Glenavon at Mourneview Park next Monday evening when Glenavon’s pre-season preparations continue with a game against the Crystal Palace Development Squad (7.45pm).
At their July board meeting the Board of Directors unanimously agreed to co-opt Duncan Campbell onto the Board. Duncan, who is employed in the banking sector, has for a number of years been extremely active in helping promote a range of fundraising events for the club including this year’s Golf Classic and recent concert.
Speaking exclusively to the website Duncan explained that he has followed Glenavon from his primary school days in his native Lisburn thanks to becoming good friends with David Porter, son of the late John Porter, a fondly remembered Glenavon fan from Dollingstown.
He rates Ray McCoy’s 1992 semi final goal amongst his greatest childhood memories. Referring to his appointment to the Board Duncan, who now lives in Aghalee, said “I am honoured to be asked to join the Board and look forward to working with such a dedicated group of people whose passion I share for the continued success and development of the club.”
Crystal Palace’s Development Squad is to play Glenavon at Mourneview Park on Monday 17 July, kick-off 7.45pm. The game will be part of both club’s pre-season preparations. Admission prices for the game will be £8 and £5.
Following the game the final draw of Mega Draw 2, with a Star Prize of £20,000, will be made. Tickets for the draw are still available from the Club Office or any Club Director.
With both teams in need of match practice as their preparations for the new season continue, Glenavon will play Portadown on Thursday night at Crumlin United’s Mill Road ground, with a 7:15pm kick off. The clubs are very grateful to Crumlin United for facilitating this match at a time when both home grounds are unavailable due to ongoing maintenance.
The friendly due to be played at Newforge Lane against PSNI FC tonight has been called off due to the heavy overnight rain which is expected to continue today.