It’s the end of an era at Mourneview Park as our fantastic club physio, Lynne Carpenter, has decided to step away from the role.

On Saturday the club said a special word of thanks to Lynne and made a number of presentations to her, which you can see here.

She has written this special message which she has asked us to share with you. Our thanks go to Lynne for her outstanding service over the years!

After 12 fantastic seasons with Glenavon it is time for me to step down from my role as Head Physiotherapist. This has not been an easy decision but due to work commitments it has become increasingly difficult to dedicate the time the job deserves.

I have been lucky enough to experience two Irish Cup wins and four European trips. Looking into the stands to see my family celebrating those Irish Cup wins are memories I will cherish for a lifetime.

I have a few ‘thanks yous’ I would like to make. Firstly to Gary – thank you for having the trust and faith in me to take on the role as head physio 10 years ago, you have always been supportive of me and I can’t thank you enough. 

To all the back room/ coaching staff over the last 12 years. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with you all, thank you for all your support, I know I have ruined countless training sessions by declaring players unfit but you have always been understanding and stuck by me- thank you! 

To Stephen Best, Gerry Mulgrew, Aaron Sergeant and James Lamont who all form part of the medical staff within the club, I simply could not have done my job without all of you. You are each brilliant at what you do, I have learnt so much from you all and I will be eternally grateful for your help.

To Blackie – no one outside of the changing room will understand your true value to the club, you are the best kitman in the country, always a listening ear and you would do anything for anyone, a true gentleman, thank you for everything.

To the board, stewards and volunteers around the club, your work does not go unnoticed, the thankless tasks and hours behind the scenes, you are what keeps the club running and I appreciate all the kind words and support over the years.

To the fans, never doubt what playing for Glenavon means to the players. I have seen first hand the time, personal strain and pain people have played through to give of their best for our club. 2020/21 has been the hardest of seasons, your noise and colour has been missed. 

And finally to all the players I have had the privilege of working with over the years, please know that I always truly gave of my best when treating you. I do not claim to be the best physio but I always put my heart and soul into the job. We may not always have agreed but I always tried to put your best interests first. Thank you for your commitment to the club I love, for the many many laughs, the highs and lows, the team spirit and the nights out! It truly has been a pleasure. 

Be Just and Fear Not 

Lynne 💙

Lynne pictured with the Irish Cup after the 2016 final.