Ballymena United F.C.

Ballymena United Football Club is a semi-professional football club from Northern Ireland. Based in Ballymena, County Antrim, the team competes in the NIFL Premiership and plays home matches at the Ballymena Showgrounds. The club is managed by David Jeffrey.

Ballymena United
Full nameBallymena United Football Club
Nickname(s)Sky Blues
Founded1934; 88 years ago (1934)
GroundBallymena Showgrounds
Capacity4,390
ChairmanJohn Taggart
ManagerDavid Jeffrey
LeagueNIFL Premiership
2020–218th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The club was formed as Ballymena on 7 April 1928, when four local businessmen and football enthusiasts decided that the town of Ballymena needed a senior football team in the Irish League.

Nicknamed the 'Braidmen' or 'Sky Blues', latterly because of the colour of the home shirts, Ballymena have a rich history in Irish Cup, having won the competition six times.

The main club rivals of Ballymena United are Coleraine. The extremely-hostile annual Boxing Day fixture between the two teams attracts large crowds and is one of the high-profile fixtures in the Northern Irish football league calendar.


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