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 Dessie Quinn
Manager Whitey Anderson
League NIFL Premiership
2013–14 10th

Ballinamallard United is a semi-professional Northern Irish football club playing in the NIFL Premiership, the top tier of Northern Irish football. The club, founded in 1975, 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 green (away). The current manager is Whitey Anderson.

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.[1]

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. 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]

Honours[edit]

Intermediate honours[edit]

† Won by Ballinamallard United II (reserve team)

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
5 Northern Ireland DF Mark Stafford
6 Northern Ireland MF David Kee
7 Republic of Ireland MF Liam Martin
8 Northern Ireland MF Stuart Hutchinson
10 Republic of Ireland FW Johnny Lafferty
11 Northern Ireland FW Jason McCartney
12 Northern Ireland MF John Currie
13 Northern Ireland GK Stefan McCusker
No. Position Player
14 Northern Ireland MF James McKenna
15 Northern Ireland MF Steve Feeney
16 Northern Ireland MF Cathal Beacom
18 Northern Ireland DF Gary Phair
19 Northern Ireland MF Nigel Beacom
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

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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