Christmas is the time of the year for family, togetherness and presents. However for fans of Irish League football, Christmas Day is also the day before the biggest day in the footballing calendar. Boxing Day sees all the local derby matches from across the country take place with the biggest attendances of the year out in force. As East Belfast tucks into turkey and stuffing tomorrow evening, no doubt Eddie Patterson as well as everyone else associated with the club, will have their minds on the Big Two derby on Boxing Day.
Glentoran Seconds will be looking to bring the Steel & Sons Cup back to the Oval on Christmas Day. Spike Hill's young side have had a magnificent season to date and will be looking to keep up their momentum by lifting the Steel & Sons Cup.
Spike Hill and the team are looking for a big turn out of Glentoran fans to cheer the team on. Ards will probably go into the game as favourites but a large, noisy Glentoran support would certainly boost the Seconds. Kick off at Seaview is 10:45am.
Last chance for Glentoran Christmas bargains! The Glentoran Superstore will be open today (Sunday 23rd) from 1pm to 4.30pm.
Christmas Day and Boxing Day tickets on sale.
After today the shop will NOT be open until Saturday 29th, Mrs Santa and staff are having a well deserved break. We would like to wish all our customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2013.
Castlreagh GSC are holding a quiz in aid of the Elliott Morris testimonial season.
When: Wednesday 30th January
Where: Castlereagh GSC, Grand Parade
£5 per head
Prizes for 1st and 2nd placed teams.
Everyone is welcome to come along and support this event. For further information and to confirm please contact D Stewart, Castlereagh GSC or any member of the Elliott Morris testimonial committee.
Following a pitch inspection this morning, today's game against Ballymena Utd has been called off. In total, 5 Danske Bank Premiership matches have fallen victim to the weather.
The games will now be played on Tuesday 15th January 2013 with a 7:45pm kick-off.
A number of good performances on the pitch complied with yesterday's positive news off it has left Glentoran fans in high spirits this Christmas. After last week's dramatic victory against Portadown at Shamrock Park, Glentoran will be itching to get back out on the pitch and pick up three more points-especially with a certain Boxing Day fixture just around the corner. 3 points at Shamrock last week consolidated third place, 5 points behind second placed Crusaders and 12 off the pace set by Cliftonville.
Happy Christmas to all Glentoran fans from all the staff at your Premier Lounge.
We welcome Ballymena United players, officials and fans to the Oval but hopefully we'll send them back up the M2 less happy than when they last visited the Oval in November and send all Glens fans home positive ahead of our game against the the Blues at Windsor on Boxing Day.
Glentoran Seconds have played 5 games in reaching the 2012 Steel & Sons Cup final. The game will be played at Seaview on Christmas Day (kick-off 10:45am). It is an all ticket game and tickets are currently on sale at the Glentoran Superstore. The Glentoran Superstore is open Mon - Fri from 2pm - 8pm, at our home game on Saturday (v Ballymena Utd) and also on Sunday 23rd December 2012 from 1pm - 5pm. Adult tickets are £6 and Concession £4.
Road to the Final
Steel and Sons Cup Round 2 - Glentoran IIs 3 Ballymena Utd Res 1
The Glentoran Superstore is open Mon - Fri from 2pm - 8pm, at our home game on Saturday (v Ballymena Utd) and also on Sunday 23rd December 2012 from 1pm - 5pm.
It will be closed from 5pm on sunday 23rd until Saturday 29th December.
In 2007, Afriyie Acquah was one of the kids sponsored by Glentoran fans through a Glentoran Community Trust initiative. His talent was evident from an early stage and his profile, as featured in the Glentoran Gazette that season, said "he can be more than Michael Essien or Patrick Viera." A big ask!