Sky Blues unveil new kit for next season

Pictured at the launch of the new Ballymena United kit are (from left): Michael O'Neill (Northern Ireland manager), Alan Francey (sponsor and BUFC Director), Brian Hutchinson (UhlSport, kit manufacturer), Chris Morgan (Club Sport NI, kit supplier) and John Taggart (BUFC Chairman).
Pictured at the launch of the new Ballymena United kit are (from left): Michael O'Neill (Northern Ireland manager), Alan Francey (sponsor and BUFC Director), Brian Hutchinson (UhlSport, kit manufacturer), Chris Morgan (Club Sport NI, kit supplier) and John Taggart (BUFC Chairman).

Ballymena United launched their new home kit for this incoming season at last week’s Youth Academy Awards evening.

The new top is a throw back to the 1980/81 Irish and Ulster Cup winning team, which was worn by a certain homegrown former Northern Ireland player and manager Nigel Worthington.

It was fitting, then, that another local, and current Northern Ireland manager, Michael O’Neill, was on hand to help launch the new kit in style.

Chairman John Taggart said “This season will be exactly 35 years since that great Ballymena side graced the Showgrounds pitch and what better way to commemorate that than to bring back the stripes in a modern outfit.

“We would like to thank our long term main sponsor McBurney Transport and shirt sponsor Francey Coach Hire for making this possible”.

John Taggart also paid tribute to Nigel McIlrath and the development committee for their work on the new kit.

“New kits and team wear don’t just happen by magic, behind every decision there is a dedicated committee working hard identifying suppliers and choosing the clothing ranges carefully to look right on the pitch, but also that supporters will be proud to wear.”

The kits - which will be worn by all teams from the senior sides down throughout the youth academy - will be priced at £40 for adults and £32 for juniors, further details with regards to the exact date that it goes on sale will be published as soon as possible on the Ballymena United website.