It’s the end of an era at Glenavon Football Club as the man who has brought you the news on this website for the last 15 years has retired.
Philip Hawthorne was the club’s Webmaster, running the early incarnations of this website, before taking on more responsibilities and becoming our Media Officer.
During that time Philip has been the official voice of Glenavon, releasing important information to supporters and other media outlets.
He is also the keeper of the all-important Glenavon archive, with reams of facts and figures from throughout the club’s history.
Paying tribute to Philip, club Chairman, Adrian Teer, said, “Supporters and volunteers like Philip are the lifeblood of football clubs and, on behalf of Glenavon Football Club, I would like to wish him a very happy retirement.
“Philip has been a wonderful asset to this football club down the years and the club would like to thank him for his service.”
Michael Scott, our former Matchday Programme editor and the author of our 125th anniversary book, will be taking over as the club’s new Media Officer.
Currently the editor of the Armagh-based Ulster Gazette, Michael has over 15 years experience of working in the media industry.
He will be assisted by our matchday reporter Calum Jones, our resident tweeters Andrew McCullough and David McCutcheon, and Adam Topping, who is responsible for communication from the Glenavon Academy.
“Having met with the rest of the media team I’m looking forward to developing how Glenavon communicates with our supporters,” said Michael.
“We have some really exciting ideas in the pipeline for the forthcoming season – keep an eye out on our website and social media platforms for further details.
“In the meantime, if you have a skill that you feel would help with our output, or if you have an interest in the media side of things which you would like to develop with us, then please get in contact with me as we are currently looking for volunteers.
“Also, if you have any ideas that you would like to see on our website or our social media then please let us know – we would love to hear them!”