BALLYMENA UNITED

BALLYMENA SHOWGROUNDS
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Fixtures

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Results

March

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

February

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Friday, February 14, 2020

Saturday, February 8, 2020

January

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

December

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Friday, December 20, 2019

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Saturday, December 7, 2019

November

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Saturday, November 2, 2019

October

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Friday, October 25, 2019

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Saturday, October 5, 2019

September

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Saturday, September 7, 2019

August

Friday, August 30, 2019

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Current Squad

No Name Position Age Apps Sub on Sub off Discipline Goals
1 club-logo Ross Glendinning GK 27
2 club-logo Tony Kane DEF 32
4 club-logo Jonathan Addis DEF 27
5 club-logo Scot Whiteside DEF 22
8 club-logo Ryan Harpur MID 31
9 club-logo Cathair Friel FOR 27
10 club-logo James Knowles MID 27
11 club-logo Steven McCullough DEF 25
12 club-logo Kenneth Kane FOR 20
14 club-logo Andrew Burns DEF 28
15 club-logo Joe McCready FOR 29
16 club-logo Kyle Owens DEF 27
17 club-logo Andrew McGrory MID 28
19 club-logo Kofi Balmer DEF 19
20 club-logo Jude Winchester MID 27
21 club-logo Jim Ervin DEF 34
22 club-logo Adam Lecky FOR 29
23 club-logo Leroy Millar MID 24
24 club-logo Reece Glendinning DEF 24
25 club-logo Aaron Burns FOR 28
26 club-logo Joshua Kelly MID 21
28 club-logo Ross Lavery MID 23
29 club-logo Ethan Warnock DEF 19
31 club-logo Jordan Williamson GK 25
36 club-logo Spencer Beattie MID 18
38 club-logo Dean Lewis DEF 18
41 club-logo Arynn Annett MID 17

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

Yellow shirts, blue shorts, white socks

Chairman

John Taggart

Secretary & Media Officer

Don Stirling (stirlingtrophies@btconnect.com)

Manager

David Jeffrey

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