Following discussions between the clubs, the opening Danske Bank fixture at Warrenpoint has been shifted to a 5:30pm kick-off, at the request of Warrenpoint, on Saturday 12th August.
Warrenpoint Town had originally applied to NIFL for a move to the previous Friday night but this had caused Glenavon some difficulties as we are hosting a prestigious Women’s Under 19 International on that night at Mourneview Park.
Glenavon Chairman Adrian Teer expressed his thanks to his counterpart Connaire McGreevy after Mr McGreevy kindly agreed to revert to a Saturday kick-off. “I would like to sincerely thank Connaire and his board for facilitating this change to enable us to host the Under 19 game at Mourneview.”
We had a chat with Paul Millar ahead of Monday night’s pre-season game against the Crystal Palace development squad and the Glenavon Assistant Manager expects a good work out for the Lurgan Blues squad. “Gary is planning to give a number of our young lads a game and actually we’re really looking forward to getting playing on our own pitch. It’s probably the best pitch in the Irish League and this year is the best I’ve ever seen it. To be fair to Geordie (Swift, Glenavon grounds-man) it’s some job he’s done; he’s really excelled himself – it looks absolutely magnificent.
“We play Newry on Thursday and Banbridge on Saturday so it’ll be a tight week but the lads had a good session of training on Saturday morning and these games are an important part of their preparations as we push towards the start of the season. Adam Foley has been flying and Marc Griffin is looking good and the young guys like Bobby Burns are going well.
“Hopefully it’ll be a nice night and we’ll see a few of our supporters out,” Paul concluded.
Admission prices for the game, which kicks off at 7:45pm, are £8 and £5.
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.
There were four “Match 3” winners in this week’s draw.
The next draw will be made on Wednesday 19th July at 8pm and the Jackpot then will be £1400.
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 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).