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BALLYMENA UNITED

BALLYMENA SHOWGROUNDS
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Fixtures

April

Saturday 24 April 2021

Tuesday 20 April 2021

Saturday 17 April 2021

Saturday 10 April 2021

Tuesday 6 April 2021

Saturday 3 April 2021

March

Tuesday 30 March 2021

Saturday 27 March 2021

Saturday 20 March 2021

Saturday 6 March 2021

Tuesday 2 March 2021

February

Saturday 27 February 2021

Saturday 13 February 2021

Tuesday 9 February 2021

Tuesday 2 February 2021

January

Saturday 30 January 2021

Tuesday 26 January 2021

Saturday 23 January 2021

Saturday 16 January 2021

Saturday 2 January 2021

December

Tuesday 29 December 2020

Saturday 26 December 2020

Saturday 19 December 2020

Saturday 12 December 2020

Saturday 5 December 2020

November

Saturday 28 November 2020

Saturday 21 November 2020

Saturday 14 November 2020

Tuesday 10 November 2020

Saturday 7 November 2020

October

Saturday 31 October 2020

Results

October

Saturday 24 October 2020

Friday 16 October 2020

March

Saturday 7 March 2020

Tuesday 3 March 2020

February

Saturday 22 February 2020

Friday 14 February 2020

Saturday 8 February 2020

January

Saturday 25 January 2020

Saturday 18 January 2020

Wednesday 1 January 2020

December

Saturday 28 December 2019

Thursday 26 December 2019

Friday 20 December 2019

Saturday 14 December 2019

Saturday 7 December 2019

November

Saturday 30 November 2019

Tuesday 26 November 2019

Saturday 23 November 2019

Saturday 16 November 2019

Saturday 9 November 2019

Saturday 2 November 2019

October

Tuesday 29 October 2019

Friday 25 October 2019

Saturday 19 October 2019

Saturday 12 October 2019

Tuesday 8 October 2019

Saturday 5 October 2019

September

Saturday 28 September 2019

Saturday 21 September 2019

Saturday 14 September 2019

Saturday 7 September 2019

August

Friday 30 August 2019

Tuesday 27 August 2019

Saturday 24 August 2019

Saturday 17 August 2019

Saturday 10 August 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 33
3 club-logo Ross Redman DEF 30
4 club-logo Jonathan Addis DEF 28
6 club-logo Owen McKeown MID 23
7 club-logo Jude Winchester MID 27
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 26
12 club-logo Kenneth Kane FOR 21
14 club-logo Paul McElroy FOR 26
15 club-logo Shay McCartan FOR 26
16 club-logo Ryan Waide FOR 20
17 club-logo Andrew McGrory MID 28
18 club-logo Jordan Williamson GK 25
19 club-logo Kofi Balmer DEF 20
20 club-logo Trai Hume DEF 18
21 club-logo Jim Ervin DEF 35
23 club-logo Leroy Millar MID 25
25 club-logo Ciaran Kelly DEF 22
26 club-logo Joshua Kelly MID 21
29 club-logo Spencer Beattie MID 18
30 club-logo Dean Lewis DEF 19
31 club-logo Arynn Annett MID 18
32 club-logo Joe McCready FOR 30
33 club-logo Jordan McMullan DEF 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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