VIDEO: History of Ballymena United is brought to book

Ballymena United's 1989 Irish Cup triumph is among the vast club history included within the new book. Picture: Pacemaker Press.
Ballymena United's 1989 Irish Cup triumph is among the vast club history included within the new book. Picture: Pacemaker Press.

In almost 90 years of Irish League football in Ballymena, there has rarely been a dull moment.

Now this story has been brought to life by Neil Coleman in the new book, documenting the Official History of Ballymena United Football Club.

“This is more than just your standard football history book; this is a unique story that needed to be told of a football team and community that been through it all.”

“There is definitely something for everyone in the book, from the most ardent Ballymena United supporter to those with merely a passing interest in local football or a family member who played for the club.”

With over 300 images in his Sky Blue encyclopaedia the book includes the full historic record of all results, players and goalscorers dating back to the original Ballymena FC in 1928, which has been produced for the first time. This allows readers to re-live the famous the 1958 Irish Cup winning team through the trophy laden 1980s right up to the County Antrim Shield win in 2012.

The book launch will take place at the Des Allen Suite of the Ballymena Showgrounds on Thursday 15 October at 7pm. Supporters will get to walk through time with a montage of historic goals, a parade of old club jerseys and the collection of all the trophies won by the club on display.

“There is definitely something for everyone in the book, from the most ardent Ballymena United supporter to those with merely a passing interest in local football or a family member who played for the club.”

Neil Coleman (author)

Some of the club’s legendary former players will relive stories of past glories and stories from their playing days. Davy King will host a lively discussion with Dessie Loughery and Mark Carlisle already confirmed to reveal all about their illustrious careers.

Entry to the Legends Evening and Book Launch will be free and those in attendance will also be some of the first to get their hands on this exciting new publication as books will be available thanks to the Ballymena United Development Committee.

The Official History of Ballymena United FC is available online from www.ballymenaunitedfc.com, RRP £14.99.