Programme editorial

Posted : 26th December 2018 at 06:28:47

The Boxing Day Linfield v Glentoran game is a huge traditional fixture on the local sporting schedule and it’s one that is always eagerly anticipated by supporters of both clubs. This year’s game is no different and hopefully, the weather will stay clear and both clubs and both sets of supporters can put on a fine spectacle, in keeping with the finest traditions of the keen sporting rivalry that has always existed between our two clubs.

Linfield approach the new year in a strong position in the league table and with a League Cup final and a County Antrim Shield semi-final to look ahead to. The busy Christmas schedule is traditionally one where the league table begins to take shape and Linfield must ensure that the team emerges from this holiday period in good shape and ready to mount a serious challenge for silverware in the new year.

Tickets remain on sale for Saturday’s Premier League game away to Cliftonville. Arrangements for this game are similar to the previous game at Solitude, with members and season ticket holders able to make their own way to the game, or travel by club provided bus to Solitude from Ballysillan Leisure centre.

Linfield kick-off the Irish Cup campaign with a Windsor Park tie against Ballyclare on January 5. Members and season tickets aren’t valid for this cup tie and supporters will be able to buy match tickets from the ticket office in the pre-match period.

The League Cup final will take place at Windsor Park on February 16. Kick off is 5.30pm for this Sky televised game. Linfield suppoeters will be accommodated in the Kop and South Stands and match tickets costing £12 adult and £8 concession, will go on sale early in the New year.

Linfield have two rearranged league games away to Newry to be slotted in to the schedule in the new year. One was postponed due to the weather last week and the other will be cancelled due to to the club’s participation in the League Cup final. In addition, a new date will need to be found for the twice postponed County Antrim Shield semi-final away to Ballymena.

A collection will take place before today’s game in support of the Children’s hospice and supporters are encouraged to give generously at this family time of year to help the club’s official charity.

The Kop Stand will be open today but not at the upcoming games against Ballyclare and Warrenpoint. It will next be open when Glentoran return for the Sky broadcast game on Monday January 28.

A warm Windsor Park welcome is extended to the players, staff and supporters of Glentoran FC. Our main rivals are currently outside the top six, with 21 points from their opening 19 games but as was evidenced from the league game at the Oval and the County Antrim Shield tie at Windsor Park, games between our two clubs are always fiercely competitive, irrespective of the current league standings.

A warm welcome is extended to legendary Linfield players and Life members Peter Rafferty and George Dunlop who are in attendance at today’s game, along with several of their former team mates from their successful Roy Coyle team of the 1980s.

A very Happy New Year to Linfield Supporters, players, officials, staff and management.
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