There will be a minutes silence prior to today’s derby game in memory of journalist Gordon Hanna who died on Wednesday. Gordon, whose funeral took place yesterday, was a familiar figure in the MVP pressbox and a lifelong Glenavon supporter.
Gary Hamilton will be assessing the fitness of a number of players at training tonight (Thursday) ahead of the first Mid-Ulster Derby of the season when Portadown are the visitors for Saturday’s Danske Bank Premiership fixture.
Almost certainly out will be Winkie Murphy who was forced off before half time at Drumahoe on Saturday with a tight hamstring and Mark Patton, Andy McGrory, Kyle Neill, James Singleton and Conor Dillon have all been on the treatment table in a bid to make the big game.
Glenavon had the better of the Mid-Ulster encounters last season, winning three out of the four games, the best results for many years. “We would really like to achieve what we did last season, especially for the supporters. In the context of the league, you still only get three points for a win against Portadown, the same as Warrenpoint or Institute, but we all know how important the game is for the fans. We want to give our supporters the bragging rights,” Gary said, “but I always say derby games are like cup games. It’s very difficult to dominate derby games, though Portadown had done it for about 15 years until last season. Like a cup game, its hard to predict the result as it all depends who turns up on the day. I hope we can take the experience we’ve built up in the big games we’ve played recently into the game on Saturday.
“Portadown have brought in three excellent players in Robbie Garrett, Mark McAllister and Michael Gault and, in my opinion, they’ll be up there challenging for the title this season; they weren’t far away last time,” the Glenavon boss concluded.
Remember, this is NOT an all-ticket game so you can just turn up and pay at the gate: Adults £10, Senior Citizens and Under 17’s £7.
In order to comply with the Health and Safety requirements for Saturday’s game against Portadown entrance to the car park will not be permitted after 2 30pm. Thank you for your co-operation.
301 Club Draw
Anyone who hasn’t purchased a ticket for the 301 Club Draw, which will take place on the pitch at half time on Saturday, can do so from the club shop or any director on match day. This is the only 301 club draw planned for the coming season so don’t miss out on this chance to go home with £1,000. Tickets cost £10 each. Good luck!
The Club is pleased to confirm that the Glenavon Official Matchday Programme will be making a welcome return for the first time in several seasons. Editor Brian McCann and his team have been hard at work putting together a special edition for Saturday’s match.
The Match Sponsor on Saturday is Major Freight Services from Glengormley. Launched in 1997 as a privately owned company, Major Freight Services is one of the ‘new breed’ of international shipping and forwarding agents in Northern Ireland. Major Freight Services has become recognised as one of the most efficient and competitive shipping agents in the province.
The Ball Sponsor is John Mairs and the Man of the Match Sponsors are Mayor of Craigavon Colin McCusker and Counsellor Marc Woods.