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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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.

Lotto: 2, 5, 11, 16

What, no winner? The Jackpot once again ‘escaped’ and we had five ‘Match 3′ winners in Monday night’s draw. The new Jackpot for next week is an astounding £6600. Is this a record? Answers on a postcard please ;-)

Club News

  • Glenavon’s home Danske Bank Premiership fixture with Institute has been brought forward from Saturday 6th December to Friday 5th December, with a 7:45 pm kick off.
  • Glenavon will play Valley Rangers in Round 2 of the Mid-Ulster Cup on Tuesday 28th October. Kick-off 7:45pm. Admission Prices to be announced.
  • Congratulations to Glenavon Director Julie Harvey who has won the ‘CTN of the Year’ at the Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Retailer Awards 2014. For the uninitiated, CTN is the Confectionary, Tobacconist and Newsagents and Julie, who is the proprietor of the Model Newsagents in Bessbrook, was delighted that all her hard work has paid off.