Mark Farren Fundraising Game at MVP

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Mark Farren spins away to celebrate after equalising for Glenavon. Photo by David Hunter,

Mark Farren spins away to celebrate after equalising for Glenavon. Photo by David Hunter,

To raise funds for the Mark Farren Treatment Fund, Glenavon will play a team of his former teammates from Derry City’s memorable UEFA Cup campaign in the 2006/7 season when they defeated IFK Gothenburg and SPL side Gretna to qualify for the first round proper, drawing 0-0 with PSG at the Brandywell before losing 2-0 in Paris.

Glenavon FC would encourage as many supporters as possible to attend the match and help support this fundraising effort for our former player Mark Farren. Gary Hamilton personally asked for your support, “I’m sure all the good people around the club will come out and support Mark in this very serious situation in his life.”

Watch Gary’s video appeal here.

It’s hoped that as many as possible of that Derry City side, which included Eddie McCallion, Barry Molloy, Stephen O’Flynn, Kevin McHugh, Ciaran Martyn, Ken Oman, Ruaidhri Higgins and Paddy McCourt, will feature in the game against the current Glenavon first team.

The game is at Mourneview Park on Thursday, kick off 7:45pm and admission will be adults £10, concessions £7 and primary school children £5 with all proceeds to the Mark Farren Treatment fund. There will also be a bucket collection taken up by Glenavon players and management for those who wish to make a further donation to the fund.

Match Sponsors

Major Freight Services will sponsor the game on Thursday night. Many thanks to Paul & Diane Woods, owners of the business for helping support Mark’s appeal fund.

Victoria Supporters’ Club Shirt Raffle

The Victoria GSC will be raffling a signed Mark Farren shirt during Thursday night’s match against a Derry City XI, with all monies raised going towards the fund in his name. Tickets, costing £1 each, will be on sale before the game and right up until half time from their clubroom.

 

Setanta Cup Draw Postponed

The draw for the Setanta Cup has been postponed.

The launch of the competition was to be held in the FAI HQ in Abbotstown, Dublin on Thursday, but it was revealed by Craig Stanfield, IFA Football Operations Manager on Tuesday night that it had been cancelled with no further details.

Glenavon are set to make their first appearance in the All-Ireland event but only if a condition is met by the organisers.

The four League of Ireland teams have been given dates on which they will play – no matter if they are home or away. It could mean a trip to Cork City on Monday, June 22 – if Glenavon landed that draw they wanted the game played on Saturday, June 20.

“We are happy to take part in what would be our first Setanta Cup, but the whole competition seems to be totally geared to wards the League of Ireland clubs,” said Glenavon chairman Adrian Teer.

“We have been in contact with the IFA by email and explained that a midweek game at Cork would not suit us and in the case of us getting that draw we would play the game on the Saturday. If they cannot meet this request then we may have to withdraw.”

Tuffey Impressed by Lurgan Blues Progress

New signing Jonny Tuffey explains his reasons for joining Glenavon and how he has been impressed with the progress made by Gary Hamilton’s team in the last couple of seasons in this video interview with the Lurgan Mail’s Sports Editor Gary Ellis.

Gary Hamilton also talks about the signing and is excited to have two top quality goal keepers at the Club with Jonny and James McGrath.

Alan Blayney has been released and will be leaving Glenavon to join Ballymena United.

Click here for the video.

Jonathan Tuffey Signs Two Year Deal

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Gary Hamilton has made his first new signing ahead of the 2015-16 season as he secured the signature of Northern Ireland International goal keeper Jonathan Tuffey on a two year contract.

Twenty eight year old Tuffey, a native of Banbridge, was released by Linfield at the end of the season. He was an ever-present in the Linfield team in the  2013-2014 season and made a total of 77 appearances for the Windsor Park outfit. Prior to signing for the Blues in June 2013 he gained most of his experience in the Scottish Leagues, making over 100 appearances for Partick Thistle and has 8 full International caps.