Glenavon Football Club are delighted to announce that former Northern Ireland international David Healy as agreed to take part in our forthcoming friendly against Leeds United on the 30th July.
The Killyleagh man, of course, played for our opponents for three seasons between 2004 and 2007 finishing as the club’s top goal scorer on each occasion.
It is, however, as a Northern Ireland international that David is best remembered. He is the the country’s leading goal scorer with 36 goals; an astonishing 23 more than anyone else. He also holds the record for the most goals, 13, in a European Qualifying campaign including a hat trick in Northern Ireland’s never to be forgotten 3-2 victory at Windsor Park over future World and European champions Spain.
Both David and our player manager are products of the famous boys’ club, Lisburn Youth. Indeed, both David and Gary once played together in a prestigious youth tournament in San Diego, California in a team that included not only themselves but also Aaron Hughes, Gareth McAuley, Grant McCann and Andy Smith. All future Northern Ireland internationals!
Commenting on David’s forthcoming appearance Gary Hamilton said: “It is great news for both the club and the players who will have the honour of playing with him that David has chosen to join us to celebrate our 125th anniversary. Glenavon will be the first Irish League club, of course, that he will have played with. Despite his many successes David has always remained grounded, he has never forgotten where he came from and is a credit to himself and his family. He is always ready to help out Northern Ireland football in whatever way possible. It is a measure of the man that he accepted without hesitation our offer to play and as I said it will be an honour to have David here on the 30th July.”