Appeal response praised

Glenavon have thanked those who made donations or helped in any way during their recent fund raising drive towards the end of last season.

“We launched a public appeal to help raise funds to address a projected £30,000 shortfall,” said a club statement. Some £16,000 has been donated to date. With the advent of the close season, however, donations have now largely stopped and the board of directors have closed the appeal. In doing so we would want to put on record our thanks to all those who contributed.

“While the total raised was less than hoped for, it did nevertheless bring a degree of financial stability to the club. In addition we also benefited financially as a resulted of development money received from Linfield following the transfer of Mark Haughey we were able to achieve our target of not reducing the manager’s playing budget for the new season.

“Significant financial challenges remain as we strive to make Glenavon FC one of the leading clubs in the Province. In response the board will be launching a number of fund raising activities throughout the season and we urge fans to give these your full support. The first of these will be a 301 Club draw which provides fans the opportunity to win a cash prize of £1000 on four occasions during the year. Tickets will be priced at £10. With the introduction of this new initiative the Century Club will not be operating this season.

“We ask supporters who have not yet signed up to the Mourneview Needs You campaign to consider doing so. We thank the 60 individuals who contribute regularly but given the size of our fan base there are many more who could do so. We have set a target of having another 100 sign up during the season. You can sign up through the club website or by calling in the club office.”