Glenavon F.C.

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Glenavon
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Full nameGlenavon Football Club "))))HTIWHIGHWG
Founded1889
GroundMourneview Park, Lurgan
Co. Armagh
Capacity5,000[1]
ChairmanAdrian Teer
ManagerMarty Quinn
LeagueIFA Premiership
2008/099th

Glenavon F.C. is a Northern Irish football club playing in the IFA Premiership. The club, founded in 1889, hails from Lurgan and plays its home matches at Mourneview Park. Club colours are blue and white.

In August 2008, the club appointed a new manager, Stephen McBride, a former Northern Ireland international and a popular Glenavon player during his footballing career, playing for the club during the 1990s. McBride's reign lasted seven months before he was relieved of his managerial duties with Glenavon at the bottom of the IFA Premiership. The Director of Football, Alan Fraser, was also relieved from his duties.[2][3] Glenavon are now onto their fourth manager in the space of two seasons and have just appointed Marty Quinn on a three-and-a half-year contract. The club chairman is Adrian Teer.

Glenavon was the first provincial club to win the Irish League title (1951-52) and also the first provincial club to do the league and cup double (1956-57). Glenavon has had a number of talented and famous players, none more so than Wilbur Cush and Jimmy Jones, who were to the fore in "the glory years" of the Fifties. The success of the 1950s is still the benchmark at this Lurgan club, the closest the club have come to achieving a league success since came in the 1993-94 season, when but for two late goals in the final match Glenavon would have been crowned champions. The club's most recent success's have been League runner's up 2001-02, Irish Cup winners 1991-92 and 1996-97.

European record

Glenavon achieved some notable results in Europe in the 1990s. In the 1992-93 season, they drew both legs of their Cup Winners Cup tie with Royal Antwerp and lost on penalties. In 1995-96 they reached the first round proper of the UEFA Cup (the last Irish League club to do so), and were beaten by Werder Bremen.

Stadium

Along the side of the pitch runs the Geddis Stand (holds roughly 1700) and on the other side the newly built Glenfield Road Stand (holds roughly 2000). One end of the ground has the Crescent Stand (400 seats, and standing area), and at the other end the Hospital End terracing.

Honours

Senior honours

Intermediate honours

† Won by Glenavon Reserves

Junior honours

  • Irish Junior Cup: 1
    • 1897/98

Current squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK Andrew Plummer
2 Northern Ireland DF Shea Campbell
3 Northern Ireland DF Mark Turkington
4 Northern Ireland DF Jay Magee
5 Northern Ireland DF Hugh Dickson
6 Republic of Ireland MF Adrian Harper
7 Northern Ireland MF Eamonn Murray
8 Northern Ireland MF Conor Walsh
9 Republic of Ireland FW Tony Grant
10 Republic of Ireland FW Trevor Molloy
11 Northern Ireland MF Stuart King
12 Republic of Ireland MF Willo McDonagh
13 Cayman Islands GK Tuda Murphy
No. Position Player
14 Northern Ireland DF Paul Carvill
15 Northern Ireland DF Mark Gracey
16 Northern Ireland DF Mark Haughey
17 Northern Ireland FW James Costello
18 Northern Ireland FW Gary Liggett
19 Northern Ireland MF Ciaran Doherty
21 Northern Ireland MF Garth Scates
24 Northern Ireland MF Ryan Harpur
Northern Ireland DF Conor McAnallen
Northern Ireland GK Gareth Buchanan
Northern Ireland DF Ryan Blaney
Northern Ireland DF Kris McAdam
Northern Ireland MF Michael Scott

Notable players

Notable managers

Managers

References

  1. ^ www.worldstadiums.com
  2. ^ "Club Statement". Glenavon F.C. 2009-01-28. Retrieved 2009-01-28.
  3. ^ "Glenavon sack McBride and Fraser". BBC Sport. 2009-01-28. Retrieved 2009-01-28.

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