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BALLYMENA UNITED

BALLYMENA SHOWGROUNDS
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Fixtures

September

Saturday 25 September 2021

Tuesday 28 September 2021

October

Saturday 2 October 2021

Saturday 9 October 2021

Wednesday 13 October 2021

Saturday 16 October 2021

Saturday 23 October 2021

Saturday 30 October 2021

November

Saturday 6 November 2021

Saturday 13 November 2021

Saturday 20 November 2021

Tuesday 23 November 2021

Saturday 27 November 2021

Tuesday 30 November 2021

December

Saturday 4 December 2021

Friday 10 December 2021

Saturday 18 December 2021

Monday 27 December 2021

January

Saturday 1 January 2022

Saturday 15 January 2022

Saturday 22 January 2022

Tuesday 25 January 2022

Saturday 29 January 2022

February

Tuesday 8 February 2022

Saturday 12 February 2022

Saturday 19 February 2022

Saturday 26 February 2022

March

Tuesday 8 March 2022

Saturday 12 March 2022

Saturday 19 March 2022

Saturday 26 March 2022

Results

September

Saturday 18 September 2021

Tuesday 14 September 2021

Friday 10 September 2021

August

Saturday 28 August 2021

Current Squad

No Name Position Age Apps Sub on Sub off Discipline Goals
1 club-logo Jordan Williamson GK 26 2 0 0 0 0  0
2 club-logo Lee Chapman MID 26 1 0 0 1 0  0
3 club-logo Ross Redman DEF 31 2 0 0 1 0  0
4 club-logo Douglas Wilson MID 27 0 0 0 0 0  0
6 club-logo Owen McKeown MID 24 2 1 1 0 0  0
7 club-logo Jude Winchester MID 28 2 0 1 1 0  0
8 club-logo Joshua Kelly MID 22 1 0 1 0 0  0
9 club-logo Paul McElroy FOR 27 2 0 0 0 0  1
10 club-logo Ryan Waide FOR 21 2 0 1 0 0  1
11 club-logo Steven McCullough DEF 27 0 0 0 0 0  0
12 club-logo Kenneth Kane FOR 22 1 1 0 0 0  0
14 club-logo Jack Henderson MID 20 2 2 0 0 0  0
15 club-logo Christopher Rodgers DEF 30 1 0 0 1 0  0
16 club-logo Brendan Barr MID 20 0 0 0 0 0  0
17 club-logo Andrew McGrory MID 29 0 0 0 0 0  0
18 club-logo Daniel Bramall DEF 23 2 0 2 1 0  0
19 club-logo David Parkhouse FOR 21 0 0 0 0 0  0
20 club-logo Tomas Gilmour MID 19 0 0 0 0 0  0
21 club-logo Caolan Loughran DEF 26 1 0 0 0 0  0
22 club-logo Conor Keeley DEF 23 2 0 0 0 0  0
23 club-logo Leroy Millar MID 26 2 0 0 0 0  0
26 club-logo Sam Johnston GK 25 0 0 0 0 0  0
27 club-logo Jonte Smith FOR 27 1 0 0 0 0  0
29 club-logo Spencer Beattie MID 19 2 2 0 0 0  0
31 club-logo Arynn Annett MID 19 0 0 0 0 0  0
33 club-logo Jordan McMullan DEF 18 0 0 0 0 0  0
35 club-logo Craig Farquhar DEF 18 0 0 0 0 0  0

History & Info

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Leroy Millar and Jude Winchester celebrate Ballymena United scoring in the Europa League


With a direct lineage dating back to April 1928, Ballymena United are considered by many as the biggest side never to have clinched the Irish League title despite several rich periods of success in the 90+ years that have followed.

Indeed, during their inaugural season (1928/29) the club, then known simply as Ballymena FC, caused shockwaves by clinching the prestigious Irish Cup for the first of six times with victory over the legendary Belfast Celtic and followed it up by reaching the final in the subsequent two seasons.

Ballymena’s time in the Irish League proved to be short lived. Expelled at the end of the 1933/34 season over a failure to submit accounts for scrutiny over the alleged illegal payments to amateur players, a merger with a local junior club and the addition of ‘United’ to the name saw the Sky Blues reinstated immediately with almost identical personnel as before.

Initially struggling, United went on to finish League/Cup runners-up in 1939 and lifting the Irish Cup again twelve months later before being forced to take an enforced break because of WW2.

After the war the club became the first outside Belfast to win the County Antrim Shield (1947/48) and again three years later, as well as the one-off Festival of Britain Cup in 1951/52, as a prologue to one of the great eras in Sky Blue history which culminated in a third Irish Cup victory in 1958 and the passing of the names of that squad into sporting legend in the town.

Apart from an Ulster Cup victory at the start of the decade the 1960s proved to be a barren period. The early to mid-70s saw silverware arrive in the form of the City Cup, Gold Cup and Shield and, as the 80s approached, a first foray into European football.

But United’s reputation as a ‘cup’ side really came to the fore when the Irish Cup became a regular feature of the Showgrounds trophy cabinet following victories in 1980/81, 1984/85 and, most recently, 1989/90.

Unfortunately for the Sky Blues that proved to be the last senior trophy to arrive on Warden Street (bar the First Division title) when the Glenn Ferguson era produced County Antrim Shield triumphs in 2012/13 and 2015/16.

Ferguson was then replaced by current manager David Jeffrey who has, thus far, guided United to a first League Cup win (followed by two successive finals), through a round in European football for the first time in club history and the runners-up spot in the League for only the third time.

Honours

  • First Division Championship (second tier) - 1996/97
  • Irish Cup - 1928/29, 1939/40, 1957/58, 1980/81, 1983/84, 1988/89
  • League Cup - 2016/17
  • Gold Cup - 1974/75
  • City Cup - 1971/72
  • Ulster Cup - 1960/61, 1980/81
  • County Antrim Shield - 1947/48, 1950/51, 1975/76, 1979/80, 2012/13, 2015/16
  • Festival of Britain Cup - 1951/52

Contact

Telephone

(028) 2565 9490

Founded

1928 (as Ballymena FC)

Nickname

The Sky Blues

Home Colours

Sky blue shirts, white shorts, sky blue socks

Alternative Colours

Black shirts, black shorts, black socks

Chairman

John Taggart

Secretary

Jonathan Irwin (Jonny1928@gmail.com)

Media Officer

Don Stirling (donstirling@icloud.com)

Manager

David Jeffrey

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