THE home games are coming thick and fast at the minute and we prepare for another one tomorrow. After the visit of Glasgow Rangers, Carrick Rangers come to Inver Park for another importantChampionship encounter.As we have found out all season, league points are hard earned and we know whatever weget against my good friend Niall Currie’s side will be just that. It’s the third East Antrim derby of the season, and the rivalry ensures no quarter will be asked for or given. Today is the return to our bread and butter and the points are significant.We come into the match on the back of a wonderful occasion and fantastic match on Wednesday evening, to mark the completion of the first stage of work at Inver Park. We were delighted to see 2,086 fans there and it made for a superb spectacle and atmosphere. The contingent who traveled from Rangers were all complimentary of how things are developing on and off the pitch. We faced a young Rangers side who handled themselves very well before, during and after the match.I thought our own lads equipped themselves extremely well against a very good young Rangers team. It was pleasing to see a number of teenagers take to the field for ourselves, and it is testament to the quality coming through as well as Tiernan and the coaching staff, as to how they’re trying to integrate them and give youth a chance. Iain Dowie and Mick Quinn, who were both guests of Kenny Bruce on the night, said it was clear that we have an identity in our play – and those two know their football!I would personally like to thank all those who made the night such a success, from the board members, to those who volunteered from Larne Youth, those who helped steward, sell programmes and everything in between – your contribution made the night possible.As well as cutting the ribbon of the ground, there was also the official opening of the Agnew Lounge for VIP members and players. This was opened by Mrs Anne Barlow, Kenny Bruce’s mother, and named in honour of her ownparents. It was a very special occasion.Finally, let me thank our sponsors for tomorrow’s match. We are looking forward to welcoming the Latharna Club as Match Sponsor, Ball sponsor, Yes Chef Magazine and thanks as always to ourseason long sponsors The Curran Court Hotel and Classic Drinks. We are forever grateful for the support of our sponsors.
YOUR support this season has been absolutely fantastic, and as we look forward to Wednesday’s big night when we host Rangers XI we really need your help to ensure the night is success.
What do you need to do? All we ask is that you read the following guide which we have written to help you get the most out of one of the biggest occasions in the history of Inver Park.
Please bear in mind that we expect a crowd in excess of 2,000, a crowd we have not seen at Inver Park in many years. Every supporter will need to consider carefully how they travel to the game.
Our best advice is to get to Inver Park early. We will have food and drink on offer and excellent pre-match entertaining by the Ballyboley Pipe Band.
Getting to Inver Park
We would strongly encourage supporters to avoid parking on street in the vicinity of Inver Park and to use the free car parks in the town centre, which are just a short walk away from Inver Park. Parking slightly further away from Inver Park may help you to get to and from the match more quickly.
Parking at Inver Park will be strictly for pass holders only. Anyone with accessibility requirements should email email@example.com as soon as possible as alternative arrangements will need to be made.
Parking will be available in the car park of 1st Larne Church, a short walk from Inver park. There will be the opportunity to make a charitable donation towards Parkinson’s research upon arrival.
The match is all ticket. You will not be able to gain admission without a ticket, and you will not be able to pay at the gate. Your ticket is also assigned to a particular area of the ground, and you will not be admitted to any other area of the ground.
Turnstiles open at 6pm.
Main Stand Tickets – Red tickets
If you have a ticket for the Main Stand, you should use turnstiles 1, 2 and 3. These are located at the Bleach Green End of the Inver Park car park. Seats are unreserved, so get there early to choose the best seats.
Main Terrace – Blue tickets
If you have a blue ticket, then use turnstile 4. This will be the first turnstile you see as you enter Inver Park, just to the right of the club shop.
Church End Terrace – Green tickets
If you have a ticket for the Church End, then you must enter Inver Park from Church Lane. You will not be able to gain admission to the Church End from the main entrance at Inver Park.
If you’re a VIP ticket holder, you should arrive at Inver Park by 6pm for the drinks reception. The entrance to the VIP Lounge is located in the lane way leading to the main entrance at Inver Park.
Hot food and toilet facilities will be located in all areas of the ground – in the Fan Zone at the rear of the Main Stand, at the rear of the Main Terrace and in the Church End.
The Wee Club will be open from 4pm and the Bar in our brand new Fanzone will be open from 6pm with live music by The Music Yard, so you can enjoy a pint before the game.
The club shop will be open from 5pm. We will have our full range of replica shirts, Nike trainingwear, hats, scarves, mugs etc and our special line of Larne v. Rangers XI merchandise. You can also purchase our special matchday programme.
A special edition of Inverview has been produced and this will be sold at various locations around the ground and in the club shop priced at £3.50.
Unfortunately, most of you attending the match will not be sheltered on the night, so please dress appropriately for the weather conditions.
We would also be very grateful if you could follow the instructions of our stewards at all times. They are there to ensure everyone can enjoy the game in a safe and comfortable environment.
Finally, wear your colours, make some noise and enjoy a full house at Inver Park and a proud night for our town.
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