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Glenavon FC so grateful for sponsorship from Bedeck


Big commitment: Gordon Irwin

Big commitment: Gordon Irwin

Big commitment: Gordon Irwin

Bedeck chairman Gordon Irwin is known for more than just his third-generation homewares company.

He is also president of Glenavon Football Club in Lurgan - and Bedeck is also a long-standing sponsor of the team, giving its name to a suite at Mourneview Park.

Gordon was also an early supporter of Belfast-born snooker player Joe Swail. He also played cricket for Waringstown for many years.

Gordon's now 74 and no longer works full-time at Bedeck, with sons Andrew and Gary joint managing directors.

Glenavon chairman Adrian Teer paid tribute to Bedeck's commitment to the club.

"Bedeck has been the club's major sponsor for the past 19 seasons, which is a phenomenal record within the Irish League Football family. The family has also been fervent Glentoran supporters.

"Their financial support and engagement with the board has been simply fantastic.

"Gordon Irwin is club president and a highly-respected figure."

Bedeck managing director Andrew Irwin acknowledged there wasn't usually a close link between interior decor and football - but said the family's association with Glenavon Football Club went back many decades.

"As a family we've always been fans of the football club and as children we stood on the terraces, when there were no fancy stands," he said.

"We've always lived locally and worked locally and tried to put something back into the community.

"I was also a director of the football club, but the business has taken up so much of our time that we had to step back.

"The directors of the club do deserve a lot of respect and they put in a lot of time."

Belfast Telegraph