PLAYERS past and present joined with club officials, sponsors and guests in The Seagoe Hotel on Friday night to celebrate Portadown’s season of progress.
Vinny Arkins - a former club captain and the Ports’ all-time leading goalscorer - made the trip from Dublin as special guest for the function.
The main organisers, members of the Portadown Supporters’ Society, also used the occasion to provide fans with a first glimpse of the Uhlsport-backed kit ahead of the forthcoming official launch.
Highlight of the evening was an auction of sporting memorabilia which included autographed shirts covering club, provincial and international players.
The main talking point arrived with the appearance of a winner’s medal donated anonymously by a player from the club’s first-ever title-winning squad in 1990.
Another item of note was a football signed by George Best from his appearance in Annagh United colours during an exhibition game in 1982. Proceeds from that auction went directly to the Moving Mountains Trust to help send 25 young people from the area to Kenya next year for charity work.
David Miskelly collected two ‘Player of the Year’ awards - with Neil McCafferty and Brian Gartland also gaining recognition from supporters.
Andrew Burns enjoyed a clean sweep of the ‘Young Player of the Year’ prizes, with Matthew Tipton named the ‘Leading Goalscorer’ winner and special presentations made to honour Cyril Connolly’s contribution.
Uhlsport replica kit will be available from the club shop at Shamrock Park or Woodhouse Street-based NA Sports. Fans can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Pics by Paul Irwin and David Maginnis.