The Crescent stand, recently built at a cost of £50,000, was opened by the Tottenham Hotspur manager, Terry Venables. This new structure provides cover for several thousand standing spectators. This match was arranged as part of the transfer deal that took Gerrard McMahon to Tottenham Hotspur from Glenavon. McMahon started with Glenavon as a 14-year-old, and had only broken into the first team in the second half of the 1991–92 season, making his Irish League debut against Newry in February 1992. He established himself in the side for the rest of the season, and it was his performance in the 4–0 Irish Cup sixth-round replay win against Glentoran that saw scouts from some of England’s biggest clubs enquiring about him, and by the middle of March a transfer had been agreed with Tottenham Hotspur. Glenavon comfortably cruised to the final of the Irish Cup, and, in his last game before his £100,000 move to White Hart Lane, McMahon scored the free-kick which defeated Linfield 2–1. A tame pre-season match was won by the visitors by a solitary goal from Vinny Samways.