Ballymoney United


Ballymoney United

Founded: 1944
Home Ground: Riada Stadium
Pitch Size: 110×72 yards
Capacity: 5,000 (100 seats)
Nickname: Toon


Ballymoney (in Irish: Baile Monaidh, ie townland of the moor) is a small town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It had a population of 9,021 people in the 2001 Census. It is currently served by Ballymoney Borough Council. The Council is dominated by the Democratic Unionist Party. Sinn Féin is the second largest party with the Ulster Unionist Party, SDLP and an independent making up the rest.

Ballymoney is one of the oldest towns in Ireland with many buildings of historic note in the town centre. An old church tower dating from 1637 is the town’s oldest surviving building. Another striking feature is the town clock and Masonic hall, built in 1775 by the 6th Earl and 2nd Marquis of Antrim. The hall was used as a market house, courthouse, town hall and school. The town hall was erected in 1866. The town also hosts the Ballymoney Drama Festival, the oldest drama festival in Ireland, which was founded in 1933.

Ballymoney has expanded in recent years and a lot of new houses have been built. This is primarily as a result of high house prices in the Coleraine/Portstewart/Portrush ‘Triangle’ areas shifting first-time buyers to the less expensive Ballymoney area. Ballymoney is located on the main road between Coleraine and Ballymena, with good road and rail connections to the main cities in Northern Ireland, Belfast and Derry.

The Ballymoney area has the highest life expectancy of any area in Northern Ireland, with the average male life expectancy at birth being 78.0 years and 82.6 years for females.

Ballymoney is twinned with Benbrook in Texas, USA


Directions
To the ground:    The Showgrounds are situated near Ballymoney town centre. From the main A26 proceed to the Portrush Road roundabout. Turn left towards the town centre and proceed straight on at the mini roundabout, at the next roundabout turn right at the Technical college onto North Road. The ground is 500m on the left.
NB: From 2006 Ballymoney will be sharing the Riada Stadium with Glebe Rangers
To the Social Club: The social club is situated on Castle Street in Ballymoney. Castle Street begins at the junction of Main Street and Meetinghouse Street. Past the Joey Dunlop Memorial Garden turn left in Castle Street car park and the social club is on the left. From the other direction the car park is located after the entrance to the Tesco store. Opening Hours: Thurs: 19.30pm – Midnight,    Fri: 16.30pm – Midnight, Sat: 12.30pm – 01.00am, Sun: 12.00pm – 23.00pm

Ballymoney United have a well appointed and comfortable social club. The club is spilt into three main areas. The Bar area with a 42″ Plasma screen keeping you up to date with the all important football results and a selection of football memorabilia.  The spacious lounge area has a seated capacity for over 80 guests and has a separate bar facility ideal for private functions with a kitchen for food preparation, a dance floor and stage area.  The club provides entertainment every Saturday night and the lounge is regularly hired for various parties and events.

Programmes: “United view” is priced at £1.00 and will bring in much needed sponsorship revenue while also keeping United fans up to date with first team news as well as coverage of the Galacticos and Colts matches.

Links

Official Website
Unofficial Site

Ground: Ballymoney Showgrounds, North Road, Ballymoney
Contact Address:  35 Castle Street, Ballymoney, Co.Antrim, Northern Ireland BT53 6JT
Telephone: +44 028 276 65831 (Home match days only)
Telephone: +44 028 276 66054 (Social Club hours)
Email: info@ballymoneyunited.co.uk

History

Honours:
Smirnoff Cup: 1998/99
N.I. Intermediate League: 1980/81, 1982/83
N.I. Intermediate Challenge Cup: 1980/81, 1981/82, 1982/83
Intermediate League Cup: 1980/81, 1981/82
Irish Junior Cup: 1960/61