Gary Hamilton delighted to see Glenavon's Mourneview Park buzzing again
Gary Hamilton may be confined to the stands for tomorrow's mouth-watering clash with Crusaders following his alleged misdemeanours at Ards last week, but he shouldn't be lonely at Mourneview Park.
While less than happy to have picked up a ban following his frustration getting the better of him last week, he is purring with happiness that Mourneview Park is buzzing again.
Sitting third in the table at this stage of the season is something few would have predicted, and it has its tangible rewards too with the Lurgan faithful turning up in bigger and bigger numbers.
"For teams like Coleraine and ourselves to be where we are at the minute is brilliant," he explained.
"There's a real buzz around the club and, yes, we know it might not last, but while you're there and while you're winning games and playing with confidence you just never know what might happen.
"Our accountant estimates what he thinks the gates might be - that's based on the last couple of seasons and we're well up on that this year.
"That's down to the boys and the performances they've been putting in.
"When you're doing well and getting results that's what gets people through the gates, and it's great to see it at Mourneview Park."
Another bumper crowd is expected tomorrow with the visit of the Crues, who have hit a rich vein of form at present.
They have a three-point advantage over their hosts, who have a game in hand, and a handsome home win could see them swap places, but Hamilton knows the size of the task at hand.
"They are flying, they've got a team who are competing every single year to win league titles and going to Europe and going through rounds there too, so financially they have been doing really well and pulling away from the rest of us," he added.
"That's why they can compete every year and have the big squads, the top quality players.
"I went to watch them at Warrenpoint and they had three or four boys not even in the squad who would walk into most Irish League sides."
Joining Hamilton in the stand is Mark Sykes, who picked up a ban for simulation last week, which his boss vehemently denies.
"There were four clubs booked to come over to watch him because they wanted to see him against Crusaders and he's out now because the referee deemed he dived," claimed an irked Hamilton.