John Sinnamon, pictured with his son Andrew, following our 2016 Irish Cup victory over Linfield.

It was with great sadness that Glenavon Football Club learned last night of the passing of our former vice-Chairman, John Sinnamon.

John joined the board of directors in 2012, becoming vice-Chairman in 2016. He retired from the role at the 2020 AGM.

He had been a lifelong supporter of the Lurgan Blues, recalling that his earliest memory of following Glenavon was hearing on the radio when he was a seven-year-old boy that Glenavon had won the first game of the 1960 New York tournament 5-1 against the New York Americans. However, he was bitterly disappointed just days later when they lost 3-0 to Bayern Munich!

Away from Glenavon he supported Liverpool and Hearts. In fact, he missed our infamous win over Portadown to secure European qualification when Andy McGrory scored a stoppage time penalty as he was at Tynecastle – but he kept a keen eye on what was going on at Mourneview Park that day, getting regular updates from his son Andrew.

However, it was the Lurgan Blues who were his always his main footballing passion and he remained a regular at our games after leaving the board of directors.

He is survived by his wife Pearl, son Andrew, daughter-in-law Marie and granddaughters Nila and Thea. The thoughts of everyone at the club are with John’s family at this sad time.