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BALLYMENA UNITED

BALLYMENA SHOWGROUNDS
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Fixtures

December

Saturday 3 December 2022

Saturday 10 December 2022

Friday 16 December 2022

Monday 26 December 2022

January

Monday 2 January 2023

Tuesday 10 January 2023

Saturday 14 January 2023

Saturday 21 January 2023

Tuesday 24 January 2023

Saturday 28 January 2023

February

Saturday 11 February 2023

Tuesday 14 February 2023

Saturday 18 February 2023

Saturday 25 February 2023

March

Saturday 11 March 2023

Saturday 18 March 2023

Saturday 25 March 2023

Results

November

Saturday 26 November 2022

Friday 18 November 2022

Monday 14 November 2022

Tuesday 8 November 2022

Friday 4 November 2022

October

Friday 28 October 2022

Friday 21 October 2022

Saturday 15 October 2022

Saturday 8 October 2022

Tuesday 4 October 2022

September

Friday 23 September 2022

Saturday 17 September 2022

Wednesday 14 September 2022

Saturday 3 September 2022

August

Friday 26 August 2022

Tuesday 23 August 2022

Saturday 20 August 2022

Saturday 13 August 2022

Current Squad

No Name Position Age Apps Sub on Sub off Discipline Goals
1 club-logo Jordan Williamson GK 27 1 0 1 0 0  0
2 club-logo Kym Nelson MID 27 12 2 2 1 0  2
3 club-logo Ross Redman DEF 33 14 1 3 1 0  1
4 club-logo Douglas Wilson MID 28 3 0 2 1 0  1
5 club-logo Scot Whiteside DEF 25 15 1 1 3 0  0
6 club-logo Caolan Loughran DEF 27 1 1 0 0 0  0
7 club-logo David McDaid FOR 31 16 1 1 0 0  4
8 club-logo Joshua Kelly MID 23 16 2 2 2 0  1
9 club-logo Paul McElroy FOR 28 7 2 4 0 0  1
10 club-logo Ryan Waide FOR 22 10 3 3 0 0  1
11 club-logo Steven McCullough DEF 28 14 5 0 1 1  0
12 club-logo Kenneth Kane FOR 23 12 4 2 0 0  0
14 club-logo Jack Henderson MID 22 11 6 3 2 0  1
16 club-logo Evan Tweed MID 23 6 1 3 1 0  0
17 club-logo Andrew McGrory DEF 30 4 3 0 0 0  0
18 club-logo Jordan Gibson FOR 27 15 3 5 0 0  3
19 club-logo David Parkhouse FOR 23 9 6 2 1 0  0
21 club-logo Sean O'Neill GK 34 16 1 0 2 0  0
22 club-logo Conor Keeley DEF 24 14 0 2 3 0  2
23 club-logo Jake Corbett MID 21 0 0 0 0 0  0
24 club-logo Sean Graham DEF 22 8 1 4 3 0  1
25 club-logo George Tipton MID 20 2 1 1 1 0  0
30 club-logo Mikey Place FOR 24 14 0 3 3 0  2
33 club-logo Jordan McMullan DEF 19 0 0 0 0 0  0
34 club-logo Nathan Clarke DEF 20 0 0 0 0 0  0
35 club-logo Craig Farquhar DEF 19 0 0 0 0 0  0

History & Info

football © Andrew McCarroll/Pacemaker Press

Ballymena United players celebrate scoring on the opening day of the 2022/23 season


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

White shirts, black shorts, white socks

Chairman

John Taggart

Secretary

Jonathan Irwin (Jonny1928@gmail.com)

Interim Media Officer

Jonathan Irwin (Jonny1928@gmail.com)

Manager

David Jeffrey

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