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Glass blocks project helping Annagh build towards brighter future

Post Time:Nov 28,2011Classify:Company NewsView:403


ANNAGH United officials have introduced a special fund-raising initiative designed to aid efforts to develop Tandragee Road and offer a long-standing link to the club.


Fifty glass blocks are available for purchase at the cost of £100 per piece - which supporters or sponsors can then inscribe. The blocks will be placed in the entrance hall under spotlight within the extension as a lasting sign of club commitment.


“On behalf of the committee, I am pleased to invite friends, supporters and sponsors of Annagh United to be tangibly linked to the club going forward,” said Annagh United vice-chairman, Alan Flavelle. “These special glass blocks, each inscribed with the owner’s name, will be displayed prominently in the entrance hall.


“We are a small club by Irish League standards so rely on the support and goodwill of the community.


“This season under the management team of David Johnstone and Michael Crowe we have enjoyed our best-ever start to a Championship campaign.


“Almost all of our first-team players live in County Armagh, with nine based in town and six within walking distance of the ground.


“We take great pride in such strong links to the community.


“The extension marks a significant development in our history as we seek to progress the club on and off the field.


“Last season we reached the fifth round of the Irish Cup for the first time and entertained a top-flight club in Glenavon.


“That simply would not have been possible without the aid of the extension.”


The extension and development plans also benefit Annagh United in terms of youth structure.


“We have invested time and money in trying to develop young players in the area,” said youth development officer, Geoff Davison. “Nigel Armstrong runs a successful weekly Academy over the summer months and this season we brought on an under 18s’ team to play in the Irish Youth League under the management of Keith McDonald.


“The building extension and grass training pitch help us provide a more professional environment.


“We are grateful for the support we get to date and I know people are proud to be associated with our efforts so this glass block project offers permanent recognition,


“Almost a full third of the glass blocks have been snapped up already so it is certainly proving a popular venture.”


Anyone interested in purchasing a glass block should contact Nigel Armstrong on 07740628123 or visit the NA Sports shop in Woodhouse Street.


Annagh will attempt to add three points to the off-the-field progress when they travel to take on Dundela this weekend in IFA Championship 2.


A 3-3 derby draw on Saturday left Annagh frustrated and with 10 men on the pitch at the close of play against Armagh City.


“I cannot condone Kenny Camlin’s reaction which led to the red card but it was frustrating that the provocation which sparked the incident went unpunished,” said Annagh United manager, David Johnstone. “In terms of the match, it was probably a great game for the neutrals as both sides remained determined to attack.


“We had chances to win it even with 10 men and must produce total commitment this weekend away to Dundela.


“We have Dungannon Swifts at Stangmore Park on Tuesday in the Mid-Ulster Cup so a lot on which to focus over the next few days.


“I am working with a squad of 16 or 17 for the Dundela match and it is important that we manage to pick up something from the trip.


“We were disappointed not to have collected three points from Saturday.

“We conceded a goal from a corner-kick for the first time this season but managed to create opportunities to win it overall.


“Kenny scored a cracking free-kick to cancel out Armagh City’s first from an own goal.

“It was 2-1 to Armagh before Darragh Peden levelled from Alan Murphy’s knockdown.


“We went 3-2 up thanks to Dean Smith following good play between Kenny and Jaime Gardiner but Armagh grabbed a late third.

“We now need to regroup and put everything into Saturday’s match.”


Source: http://www.portadowntimes.co.ukAuthor: shangyi

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