Ballinamallard United F.C.

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Ballinamallard United
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Full name Ballinamallard United Football Club
Nickname(s) The Mallards
Founded 1975
Ground Ferney Park, Ballinamallard
County Fermanagh
Ground Capacity 2,000
Chairman Jeff Aiken
Manager Whitey Anderson
League NIFL Premiership
2014–15 9th

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.

History[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4][5]

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.

Honours[edit]

Intermediate Honours[edit]

† Won by Ballinamallard United II (reserve team)

Youth Honours[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Northern Ireland GK Fergal Murphy
2 Republic of Ireland DF Liam McMenamin
4 Northern Ireland DF Leon Carters
7 Republic of Ireland MF Liam Martin
8 Northern Ireland MF Stuart Hutchinson
10 Republic of Ireland FW Johnny Lafferty
11 Republic of Ireland FW Jason McCartney
12 Northern Ireland MF John Currie
13 Northern Ireland GK Stefan McCusker
14 Northern Ireland MF James McKenna
15 Republic of Ireland MF Steve Feeney
16 Northern Ireland MF Cathal Beacom
17 Republic of Ireland GK Adam Murphy
No. Position Player
18 Northern Ireland DF Gary Phair
20 Northern Ireland FW Ryan Campbell
21 Northern Ireland DF Christopher Crilly
22 Northern Ireland FW Kane Connor
24 Northern Ireland FW Ciaran Smith
25 Republic of Ireland MF Colm McLaughlin
Barbados GK Alvin Rouse
Northern Ireland MF Dale Noble
Northern Ireland MF Aaron O'Hagan
Northern Ireland MF Shane McCabe
Northern Ireland MF Robbie Hume
Northern Ireland FW Michael McCrudden
Northern Ireland FW Adam Lecky

Former Players[edit]

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


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Impartial Reporter, 3 December 2009, Time to stand and deliver
  2. ^ Ballinamallard win Championship title as Newry lose
  3. ^ "Cliftonville 0-1 B'mallard Utd". BBC Sport (BBC). 8 September 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Linfield 1-3 Ballinamallard Utd". BBC Sport (BBC). 6 October 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Linfield 0-1 Ballinamallard Utd". BBC Sport (BBC). 20 April 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 

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