Major Progress in month that marks 130th anniversary of Linfield Football Club

Posted : 6th March 2016 at 11:38:57

130 years ago this month Linfield Football Club was formed at a meeting in the Ulster Spinning company canteen at the Linfield mill in Sandy Row in March 1886.

Therefore, this month marks the 130th anniversary of this great and famous sporting institution.

It is perhaps significant and appropriate that during this special 130th anniversary month, Linfield should play host to closest rivals Glentoran at Windsor Park next week and on that eagerly anticipated occasion, a very special guest of the club will be John Peden - a grand son of a former player of the same name who played in the very first ever Linfield game in August 1886.

Sandy Row's John Peden went on to play for Newton Heath (Manchester Utd) and in next Saturday's issue of "Look at Linfield" Roy McGivern will reflect on the very first Linfield game in August 1886, as well as on the career of the legendary Peden whose local final resting place has recently and lovingly been restored by his descendants who are so proud of his footballing achievements.

While this club rightly honours the players and others in our proud 130 year history who have made this club great, it is the future well-being of the club that attention is always focused on and it is therefore appropriate and significant that the club can mark this special anniversary period in our history, by making welcome progress both on and off the pitch.

Yesterday's hugely enjoyable Irish Cup quarter final victory at Solitude was the best possible start to the 130th anniversary month of this great club and hopefully, this result can be built upon in the other massive fixtures that lie ahead in this exciting period in our club's proud history.

The club is also pleased to report pleasing progress off the pitch to mark this significant anniversary period in our history.

Firstly, the temporary changing room and other buildings at the corner of the North and Kop Stands have been removed, as work continues and can now accelerate on the building site at the Kop end of Windsor Park.

The temporary changing rooms have been removed because the Linfield squad have returned to the South Stand and new changing rooms and other impressive facilities for training in the past week.

The Linfield (and Glentoran) squads will use the brand new South Stand changing rooms for the first time on a match day for what will be the club's 130th anniversary game against Glentoran at Windsor Park on Saturday March 12.

For this game, Linfield supporters will remain in the North Stand and Glentoran fans will be accommodated in the Railway Stand and news will hopefully follow in the near future of a move for Linfield supporters back to the South Stand in the post league split period.

Another major exciting development will mark the club's 130th anniversary this month.

Linfield staff will tomorrow begin the move in to the club's new offices and board room at the Railway end of Windsor Park. The club has already announced the closure of the temporary office on Midgley Park on Monday to facilitate this move.

Further details will follow tomorrow with regard to when the new offices in the Railway end will open and ticket and bus voucher sales for forthcoming games will resume.

It should be noted that the temporary office on Midgley Park will not be removed at this stage and indeed pre match ticket sales for the Glentoran game on Saturday will take place at this venue, as has happened at every other home game this season.

The club is, as you would expect, delighted to be moving into impressive new offices at the Railway end of Windsor Park at this exciting time in the clubs illustrious 130 year history.

The club has been without phone and internet connections during this most recent transition period and it has of course been a major disruption to the smooth operations of the club (and no doubt a major frustration to our loyal supporters.)

During this reconstruction period of our world famous Windsor Park home, the club has appreciated and relied on the co-operation, patience and understanding of our loyal supporters and hopefully, with the team returning to the South Stand and the offices due to open in the Railway Stand, our supporters can hopefully begin to see the light at the end of a long tunnel, after all the disruption, inconvenience and on occasions mess of the building work of the past 22 months so far.

A world class Windsor Park stadium and home has emerged from the rubble and hopefully, the new facilities that are being delivered will make all the disruption worthwhile and bearable.

Last night Linfield tv and Linfieldfc.com released a video preview of the new offices and board room at the Railway end of Windsor Park and supporters are asked to await further details from the club, as to when these new impressive facilities will be open for business.

After tomorrow's move from the Midgley Park temporary office to the new Railway Stand office, the club staff will be in a position to confirm when and from where ticket and bus voucher sales for forthcoming games can resume and supporters can keep up to date with the very latest news on Linfieldfc.com

There will be more news of progress off the field to report in the coming weeks and supporters will of course be kept up to date via Linfieldfc.com

In the meantime, it's a very Happy 130th birthday to Linfield Football Club and if supporters have any suggestions as to how the club could mark this significant milestone and in many ways turning point in the clubs history, contributions will be gratefully received at siteeditor@linfieldfc.com

This club has never stood still. All through our history, the club has moved or rebuilt when it had to, but always striding forward confidently and always staying true to the founding principles and motto of the club - Audaces Fortuna Juvat.

In March 2016, exactly 130 years after the club was formed, it is so pleasing to report that the club is making significant progress, on and off the pitch.

Keep the faith. The future's bright, the future's blue.

LFC 1886 - as our youngest supporters so proudly, appropriately and impressively displayed at Solitude yesterday.

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