Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton relishing friendly showdown with Leeds United at Mourneview Park

Glenavon player/manager Gary Hamilton
Glenavon player/manager Gary Hamilton

Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton believes Wednesday night’s glamour friendly with Leeds United will be a “special occasion” for the Lurgan club.

Over 3,000 fans are set to descend on Mourneview Park for the special summer fixture (7.45pm kick-off).

The visit of the Elland Road giants is part of the deal that saw Robbie McDaid move from Glenavon to Leeds at the end of last season.

Tickets have now sold-out for the clash, which will also help celebrate Glenavon’s 125th anniversary.

The appearance of David Healy a Lurgan Blues shirt will also have boosted sales in the run-up to the game.

And manager Hamilton believes all the ingredients are in place for a big night in Lurgan.

“It promises to be a massive occasion for the club,” he said.

“Leeds United are a massive draw in Ireland, and the fans have responded with the ticket sales.

“Over 3,000 supporters at Mourneview will be fantastic for Glenavon, and it will be a great way for the club to celebrate its 125th anniversary.

“Hopefully it is a good game for the supporters, and with David Healy also making an appearance just adds to the whole occasion.

“I remember playing against Leeds in a friendly for Glentoran a few years back, and it was a brilliant fixture to be involved in.”