Manager’s programme notes
Posted : 20th April 2019
Last week’s draw against Crusaders earned the point that we needed to secure a richly deserved Premier League success and was fitting reward for all the hard work that has been put in by so many people, since we returned to pre-season training in June last.
I am absolutely delighted and honoured and so proud to be the manager of this special group of players who have brought this tremendous success to our club.
They have shown immense character, resilience and strength to bounce back from the huge frustrations we endured last year and they will have earned and get to enjoy the trophy celebrations that will follow today’s game.
Glenavon will have a lot to play for today, as they aim to secure vital amd lucrative European qualification, so they will provide us with the same formidable challenge that they have provided us with in each of the three previous games between our clubs this season.
With the league title secured, I will make several team changes for today’s game and this will give much needed game time and an opportunity to impress to several players who’ve been patient, as well as supportive and integral members of our squad this season.
Josh Robinson missed last week’s game, due to an injury sustained away to Ballymena and he will be a doubt for today’s game. Our other long term injured players, Roy Carroll and Mark Haughey remain unavailable.
Today is not just a celebration day for our first team squad. I want to congratulate our Swifts, Rangers and Under 16s squads who’ve all won their respective NIFL League titles. It’s great that they are all getting an opportunity to share in this special Windsor Park celebration day, by having their trophies presented in front of our home supporters here today.
I really hope our supporters give these young teams the praise and applause they deserve when they receive their trophies today. It will be a special memory that will live with them for ever and will hopefully instill in them, the hunger to go and win further silverware for this club.
It’s been a long and demanding season but throughout the ups and downs, our loyal supporters have stayed with us and on several crucial occasions, helped us to get across the line. In every team’s title winning season, there are always key and significant moments and whether it was the key wins away to Crusaders, Ballymena or Newry, or the thrilling comeback win at home to Coleraine, our supporters have been with us all the way.
For your contribution to our title and League cup successes this season, I want to thank you and I am sure you will feel your support has been rewarded with the hugely enjoyable title celebration scenes that will follow today’s game