SLIDESHOW: Ballymena United book launch

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It was an evening to remember as Ballymena United reflected upon the club’s rich history at a special function last week.

The Des Allen Suite was packed as supporters gathered with club officials and past players to celebrate the launch of the official history of the club.

Neil Coleman pictured with his Official History of Ballymena United at last week's book launch. Picture: Reid McAuley.

Neil Coleman pictured with his Official History of Ballymena United at last week's book launch. Picture: Reid McAuley.

Author Neil Coleman has spent three years painstakingly chronicling the history of the club over its 90 years in existence.

Club chairman John Taggart paid tribute to Neil’s efforts, stating: “There is so much detail and so much information on the history of this great club.

The author himself said he was “massively overwhelmed” by the support he received in writing the book, adding: “It’s something I’m immensely proud of.

“IT’s an honour for me for the club to trust me with the official club history,” added Neil, who thanked everyone who contributed to the publication.

Special presentations were made to the families of former United player Mal McDonnell and Eric Trevorrow, the latter of whom passed away earlier this month.

In return, Ian McGimpsey, Eric’s nephew, presented the club with the clock he had received from the Showgrounds club on his retirement.

The second part of the evening took the format of a ‘Legends’ event, featuring four of the most famous names from the club’s history.

Eddie Russell, Graham Fox, Dessie Loughery and Mark Carlisle took part in an entertaining question and answer session with compere Davy King, as well as fielding questions from an audience by their tales from the dressing room.

The book, priced at £14.99, will be available at the Development Committee stall at this Saturday’s game against Dungannon Swifts.

It is also available online via www.ballymenaunitedfc.com and from the following outlets:

Camerons - 25 Broughshane Street, Ballymena

Eason - Units 10-12, Fairhill Shopping Centre, Ballymena

Waterstones - Unit 20, Fairhill Shopping Centre, Ballymena