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Warrenpoint Town are homing in on a new chapter

Warrenpoint Town are destined to net an early festive treat by playing at their new home before Christmas.

The Premier League new boys' clash with Glenavon is scheduled for Stangmore Park on Friday, December 20 but the County Down side are optimistic their new Milltown complex will be fully operational.

Ards and Warrenpoint Town, who both secured promotion from the Belfast Telegraph Championship, have endured a baptism of fire in the top flight without a ground in their home town.

While Ards have hosted rivals at Dixon Park, Ballyclare and now Clandeboye Road, Bangor, Town have set up camp at Dungannon's Stangmore Park.

But the new Milltown complex is taking shape and on course to meet Irish FA and Sport NI regulations. Newry and Mourne Council have been very supportive of the club's long term development plans and even contributed £225, 250 funding towards the project.

When the new stadium is unveiled it will mark the latest remarkable chapter in the club's history following its rise from junior and intermediate ranks to local football's top table.

There will be two new seated stands, a new terraced stand and media centre along with new dugouts.

Meanwhile, Glenavon chairman chairman Adrian Teer has been elected chairman of the Northern Ireland Football League (NIFL). Teer replaces Linfield director Jack Grundie who had to step down from his involvement with the NIFL on being elected IFA deputy president in September. Brian Adams of Ards continues in the role of vice chairman.

* The County Antrim Shield Final between Linfield and Crusaders at the Oval on Wednesday, December 4 will be all ticket.

The decision has angered many of the clubs' fans.

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