Saturday’s 6-1 thumping of Ballymena United made it three wins out of three for the Lurgan Blues with 15 goals scored and just five conceded, three of which were penalties.

Bobby Burns has scored two goals to help Gary Hamilton’s Glenavon get off to a great start. Photo by Maynard Collins.

If, like me, you’ve been wondering when the last time was that Glenavon won the opening three league fixtures, the answer is seven years ago, at the start of the 2010-2011 Season under then Manager Marty Quinn. On that occasion Glenavon recorded consecutive victories against Coleraine (2-0 away), Portadown (1-0 home) and Donegal Celtic (3-1 home). The Lurgan Blues failed to capitalise on that good start, though, and went on to finish the season in 10th place with 43 points.

Possibly the best start to a season for many decades was in the ‘famous’ 1993-94 season in which Glenavon drew 1-1 away to Newry Town on the opening day but went on to win the next 12 games in succession and, as we all remember painfully, came within minutes of winning the league on the final day of the season in a game at home to Portadown that finished 2-2, thus handing the title to Linfield.