Ballinamallard United F.C.
|Full name||Ballinamallard United Football Club|
|Ground||Ferney Park, Ballinamallard
Ballinamallard United is a semi-professional Northern Irish football club playing in the NIFL Premiership, the top tier of Northern Irish football. The club, re-formed in 1975 after being dormant since the 1960s, hails from Ballinamallard, near Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, and plays its home matches at Ferney Park which it shares with Fermanagh Mallards F.C.. Club colours are all royal blue (home), and all navy blue (away). The current manager is Whitey Anderson and Assistant head coach is John Quinn.
During 2008–09 and the first part of 2009–10, the club played at Holm Park, the home of Armagh City, while Ferney Park was brought up to Championship standard. The club's first match back at its own ground was on 5 December 2009 in its first ever major cup quarter final against Portadown in the League Cup.
In February 2011 the club reached its first ever Irish Cup quarter final when it defeated Lisburn Distillery 4-2 after a 6th Round replay at Ferney Park.
On 31 March 2012, the club secured promotion to the top flight of Northern Irish football for the first time in their history. A 3–2 win over Bangor secured the 2011–12 IFA Championship 1 title, and promotion to the 2012–13 IFA Premiership. They became the first team from County Fermanagh to play senior football.
In their first season in the Premiership the target was to avoid relegation. However, they surpassed all expectations, finishing 5th in the table. They secured a 2-2 draw at Ferney Park in their opening Premiership fixture against Dungannon Swifts, and their stand out results during the season included a 1–0 away win over eventual league champions Cliftonville at Solitude in September 2012. They also defeated reigning champions Linfield twice at Windsor Park, 3–1 in October 2012 and 1–0 in the post-split match in April 2013.
In their second season 2013–14 they finished in 10th place, 3 points above Warrenpoint Town in the play-off place after going unbeaten in their last 6 games of the season. No play-off was ultimately needed that season.
In their third season 2014–15 they finished in 9th place, 2 points above Dungannon Swifts in 10th and 9 points above Warrenpoint Town in the play-off place. The club also made history by reaching its first ever major cup semi final when it beat Glentoran in a penalty shootout in a Wasp Solutions League Cup quarter final at Ferney Park.
- Irish League Second Division/IFA Championship 1 : 2
- 2002–03, 2011–12
- IFA Reserve League : 1
- Irish Intermediate Cup: 1
- Fermanagh & Western Intermediate Cup: 1
† Won by Ballinamallard United II (reserve team)
- IFA Youth League Cup: 1
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Players who began their careers or have played at Ballinamallard United include:
- Roy Carroll, Notts County and Northern Ireland
- Andy Little, Preston North End and Northern Ireland
- Gary Bownes, Dungannon Swifts
- Grant Hutchinson, Dungannon Swifts
- Shane McCabe, Glenavon
- Chris Curran, Cliftonville
- Mark Stafford, Linfield
- David Kee, Linfield
- Irish Cup
- Irish League Cup
- NIFL Premiership
- NIFL Championship
- Northern Ireland football league system
- Impartial Reporter, 3 December 2009, Time to stand and deliver
- Ballinamallard win Championship title as Newry lose
- "Cliftonville 0-1 B'mallard Utd". BBC Sport (BBC). 8 September 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
- "Linfield 1-3 Ballinamallard Utd". BBC Sport (BBC). 6 October 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
- "Linfield 0-1 Ballinamallard Utd". BBC Sport (BBC). 20 April 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
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