BALLYMENA UNITED

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Results

April

Saturday 27 April 2024

Saturday 20 April 2024

Tuesday 16 April 2024

Saturday 13 April 2024

Saturday 6 April 2024

March

Saturday 23 March 2024

Saturday 16 March 2024

Saturday 9 March 2024

February

Saturday 24 February 2024

Saturday 17 February 2024

Friday 9 February 2024

January

Saturday 27 January 2024

Saturday 20 January 2024

Saturday 13 January 2024

December

Saturday 30 December 2023

Tuesday 26 December 2023

Saturday 23 December 2023

Friday 15 December 2023

Friday 8 December 2023

Saturday 2 December 2023

November

Saturday 25 November 2023

Saturday 18 November 2023

Saturday 11 November 2023

Tuesday 7 November 2023

Saturday 4 November 2023

October

Saturday 28 October 2023

Saturday 21 October 2023

Friday 13 October 2023

Saturday 7 October 2023

Tuesday 3 October 2023

September

Saturday 30 September 2023

Saturday 23 September 2023

Saturday 16 September 2023

Saturday 9 September 2023

Saturday 2 September 2023

August

Friday 25 August 2023

Friday 18 August 2023

Tuesday 15 August 2023

Friday 11 August 2023

Friday 4 August 2023

Current Squad

No Name Position Age Apps Sub on Sub off Discipline Goals
1 club-logo Sean O'Neill GK 36 37 0 0 4 0  0
2 club-logo Kym Nelson MID 28 27 1 2 11 0  1
4 club-logo Donal Rocks MID 23 25 5 11 6 1  0
5 club-logo Scot Whiteside DEF 26 30 1 3 9 1  0
6 club-logo Colin Coates DEF 38 9 1 1 4 1  2
7 club-logo Alex Gawne FOR 23 19 6 6 4 0  2
11 club-logo Steven McCullough DEF 29 36 0 2 5 0  2
16 club-logo Fraser Taylor MID 21 36 0 9 3 0  4
17 club-logo Andrew McGrory DEF 32 18 4 11 1 0  0
21 club-logo Lewis Tennant MID 19 20 7 6 0 1  0
23 club-logo David Taylor MID 18 7 6 0 0 0  0
26 club-logo Sam Johnston GK 28 1 0 0 0 0  0
27 club-logo Jonathan McMurray FOR 29 27 11 13 9 0  1
28 club-logo Dylan Boyle MID 22 28 0 1 6 0  0
29 club-logo Sean Brown DEF 19 13 1 1 1 0  0
30 club-logo Mikey Place FOR 26 32 9 10 6 2  1
31 club-logo Jamie Robinson DEF 22 9 1 3 2 0  0
32 club-logo Shea McAuley DEF 18 5 1 0 2 0  0
33 club-logo Noah Stewart FOR 20 26 15 8 0 0  9
34 club-logo Ben Mallon FOR 18 2 1 1 0 0  0
35 club-logo Brendan Barr MID 23 9 3 5 1 0  0
36 club-logo Calvin McCurry FOR 22 12 2 5 0 0  2
38 club-logo Michael Leddy FOR 20 1 1 0 0 0  0
39 club-logo Daithi McCallion DEF 19 10 2 1 0 0  0
41 club-logo James Hood FOR 16 5 4 0 0 0  0

History & Info

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Ballymena United 2023/2024


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

1928 (as Ballymena FC)

Nickname

The Sky Blues

Home Colours

Sky blue shirts, white shorts, sky blue socks

Alternative Colours

Navy shirts, navy shorts, navy socks

Chairman

Chris Selwood

Secretary

Jonathan Irwin ([email protected])

Media Officer

Iain Black ([email protected])

Manager

Jim Ervin

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