Stevie McBride Appointed as First Team Coach

IMG_0764_edited-1Speaking to the website from Berlin airport en-route to Minsk for Thursday’s Europa League game, Gary Hamilton officially announced today the appointment of Stephen McBride as Glenavon’s new first team coach. “I’m delighted to announce that we’ve appointed Stevie as first team coach. His vast experience in the game will be invaluable to the team and, like myself, his heart has always been with Glenavon. When he was last at the Club, as manager, in my opinion he didn’t really get the chance to build the squad he wanted, having a limited budget and with many of the players he inherited on two year deals at the time he took over.”

Europa League Second Leg

The official Glenavon party of 29 will leave Dublin Airport early tomorrow morning to travel to Berlin and onward to Minsk for Thursday night’s 1st qualifying round 2nd leg Europa League game against Shakhtyor Soligorsk. They are scheduled to arrive in Minsk at 16.35 local time – Belarus is GMT+3 hours (BST+2 hours).

The party will be based in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, some 80 kilometers from Soligorsk. They will travel down to Soligorsk by coach on the matchday, a journey of just under 2 hours. The game has a 19.30 local time kick-off.

On Friday the party will depart from Minsk at lunchtime, travelling homeward via Prague and arriving back in Dublin around teatime.

Temperature forecasts for Minsk over the next few days are Tuesday 77 degrees Fahrenheit, Wednesday 85F and Thursday 74F.

Regular exclusive updates and build up to Thursday evening’s big game will be featured on this website throughout this week.

Our Sponsors

Glenavon FC is very grateful for the support of our sponsors for the home leg of our Europa League game last Thursday.

BMG InsuranceThe Joint Match Sponsors were BMG Insurance Group and Green Shoots Garden Centre Belfast. Established in 1972, BMG Group is a family run business with offices in Portadown, Lurgan and Belfast. It has an excellent reputation for providing a quality and friendly service to all its Clients. BMG transacts all Classes of Insurance for both the private and commercial market.

The Ball Sponsor was Billy Crozier and the Glenavon Man of the Match award was sponsored by Lucy Kerr.

For further information on sponsorship opportunities please phone the Mourneview Park Office 02838 322472 (Monday- Thursday mornings) or email


Lucy Kerr presents Rhys Marshall with his Man of the Match award. Photo by Philip Hawthorne