Marty Quinn has made an impassioned plea for football fans to get out and support the domestic game.
The Glenavon boss certainly needs the Lurgan Blues faithful to come out in force to inspire his men to a first league win this season.
Already eight points adrift of Linfield, Glentoran and Portadown, Quinn knows the heat is on him as he takes his side to Solitude, the scene of his greatest managerial triumph when the Reds won the league title in 1998.
Supporters and board members aren’t renowned for their patience but there were signs in the Portadown game that Glenavon players were beginning to mirror their manager’s hunger and desire for success.
The players will need all the encouragement they can get at the moment.
“To say it’s been a disappointing start for us would be a massive understatement,” said Quinn. “Of course I would have hoped for a win and more points on the board but it hasn’t turned out that way.
“I don’t think we have been playing that badly and I’d be much more worried if we weren’t creating chances and the players are learning to communicate more.
“I remain a huge fan of the local game and I’ve had enough of the armchair critics who have a pop. I would encourage them to come along and see committed teams going for the win.
“We have a good product which is well backed by Carling and it’s not just about the Big Two. There is a lot of good football being played and hopefully we can get some points on the board and lift the gloom.”