Coleraine Game – PSNI/GFC Appeal

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‘On Saturday 27th September 2104, Glenavon FC travelled to Coleraine for an Irish League tie.  Unfortunately, following the match a small group of individuals wearing Glenavon colours were involved in an altercation adjacent to Coleraine Railway Station where a 15 year old was head butted, knocked unconscious and as a result sustained injuries to his face.  Glenavon FC is totally disgusted by this incident and in addition to bringing the assailant(s) to justice we also want to protect the good name of the club and fans by asking for your help in identifying the individuals involved by contacting the PSNI on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.  Quote Ref: 8802709.  DMCB’.

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Preview: Ballymena Utd. v Glenavon

Danske Bank Premiership Match 14

Glenavon hits the road again this Saturday for the first visit of the season to Ballymena United’s Warden Street home as Gary Hamilton looks for more of the same following last weekend’s superb 4-1 win at Seaview. “We know it won’t be an easy game and we need to show the same spirit and determination that we did against Crusaders. We’ve been stressing to the players that we must follow up a good result with another good performance and a good result. After we beat Linfield we went to Coleraine and lost so we’ve got to avoid that and make sure everybody is up for the game tomorrow. We have to strive for consistency and if we give a good performance we can come away with the three points,” Gary told us.

Gary is expecting a tough game as Glenn Ferguson looks to get back to winning ways the Sky Blues not having won in the League since September 20th when they triumphed 2-1 against derby rivals Coleraine. United led for over an hour of last week’s game at Shamrock Park but a red card for defender Johnny Taylor and defensive lapses allowed Portadown to score two late goals to complete a comeback victory.

The previous meeting between the sides this season was a tight game with Glenavon just edging it 2-1 at Mourneview Park. That was an eventful game with Guy Bates bidding farewell to the home fans before leaving for Australia and Shane McCabe and Allan Jenkins both sent off by Referee Raymond Hetherington, a decision he later admitted was wrong.

Taylor serves an automatic suspension following his red card and Mark Surgenor completes a two game ban for the Sky Blues. Gary Hamilton should have a full squad available to select from with everyone reporting for training last night, barring Mark Patton who is due to have an injection for his back problem.

Match Officials

Referee Assistant 1 Assistant 2 4th Official
Tim Marshall Richard Storey David Anderson Chris Morrison

 

Reserves Hit Crues for Six

Glenavon Reserves 6-0 Crusaders Reserves

A mixture of youth and experience triumphed at Mourneview Park last night as goals from Martyn (2), McNamee, Doherty, Lavery and Freeland secured a 6 nil victory for Pete Batey’s side. An excellent victory made all the more impressive by the fact that three of our goal scorers are aged 16 or under.

NIFL Trials Friday Night Games

NIFL Press Release

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Following on from the findings of the UEFA led consultation that took place earlier this year, the NI Football League have made the decision to trial Friday night football for one fixture in various weeks throughout November and December.

The Premiership Management Committee signed off on the initiative at a meeting last night and NIFL Marketing and Communications Manager Graeme Beggs thinks that now is the right time to trial the proposed changes.

“One of the findings that came out of our consultation with clubs, fans, media and sponsors was that playing more football away from Saturday afternoon was something that the NI Football League should seriously consider,” said Beggs.

“Attendances have already shown an increase this season compared to the same period last season and although we are obviously delighted with this, Friday night football was always on our radar as this was very clearly shown in the fan survey in particular.

“Of the football fans who stated that they would prefer local games to be played on a Friday night, the vast majority were lapsed fans or non-attendees of local football, with the most common reason for being that those playing amateur football on a Saturday can attend.

“We want to get more football fans through our turnstiles and only by having an extended trial for Friday night games can we fully assess the success of the initiative.”

The Danske Bank Premiership fixtures that have been moved to Friday nights are:

Friday, 7 November 2014 – Cliftonville v Warrenpoint Town
Friday, 21 November 2014 – Crusaders v Coleraine
Friday, 28 November 2014 – Dungannon Swifts v Glenavon
Friday, 5 December 2014 – Glenavon v Institute
Friday, 12 December 2014 – Warrenpoint Town v Portadown

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As previously announced on this website, Glenavon had already moved the game against Institute to the Friday night. The NIFL initiative now means the previous week’s game with Dungannon Swifts will also be on a Friday night.

Upcoming Games at Mourneview Park

  • Firstly, our Reserves entertain Crusaders Reserves this Wednesday evening. The game kicks off at 7:45 pm and as always admission is free. Pete Batey’s young team will be keen to build on last week’s excellent away victory at Warrenpoint and would no doubt welcome your support.
  • Friday evening sees a Lurgan derby in the final of the Mid Ulster Gerald Kennedy cup competition with Lurgan Institute FC taking on Silverwood. Kick off is 7:30 pm. We understand admission prices have been set at £4 adult and £2 concession.