Glebe Rangers hail from Ballymoney, County Antrim.
Admission to the League
After Omagh Town closed at the end of the 2004/05 season, the place left by their absence was not filled. Instead, it was decided that a club from the Second Division (in this case, Ballymoney United) was allowed to stay in the First Division instead of being relegated, with only 11 clubs playing in the Second Division for one season. At the end of the 2005-06 season, Glebe Rangers entered a two-legged play-off with London-Derry side Trojans to determine the vacant 12th place in the Irish Second Division. Rangers won this play-off 9-5 on aggregate to claim the place in the league. Glebe formerly played in the Ballymena and Provincial Intermediate League.
Riada Stadium to be shared news story from 20 July 2006
GLEBE Rangers and Ballymoney will share the Riada Stadium, it was announced this week.
Months after each applied for use of the new pitch, Ballymoney Borough Council have made their decision.
Glebe officials had already been notified that they will receive ‘first priority’ on the stadium.
But Ballymoney United will join them on the Garryduff Road as the town’s two Irish League clubs seek to open fresh chapters in their respective histories.
Ballymoney United manager, Joe McCall, said: “It’s great for the club but, mainly, it’s a big boost for the town.
“We had been expecting our application to be accepted for a couple of weeks now but to finally get confirmation is excellent news.
“It’s a superb facility and probably among the best in the country so to be playing there will be a proud moment for us.
“I think it’s great to have Glebe there as well, the two teams can push each other forward this season and that can only be a positive thing.
“I don’t think either set of players will need motivating when we play each other!
“I would be quite disappointed if my players needed an incentive to win those games, I’m sure John Donnell would be the same.
“There’s the old thing about ‘bragging rights’ and that will focus everyone’s minds on those games.”
McCall has had his United players in for training earlier than they’ve ever been – and he feels it’s having a positive impact.
“The lads are looking very sharp,” he said. “We’ve done a good bit of fitness work and technical skills and I’m pleased with the progress of the lads.
“We want to hit the ground running this season and a good pre-season is key to that. We’ve organised a few friendly games but we’re really looking at the Carnegie Cup matches as friendlies as well.
“While trying our best in those games, I want to use them to look at tactics, formations and how different players are performing before the league action begins.
“Like John Donnell, I think the only way of building a team is to go for youth. I’ll give plenty of my younger lads a chance to impress and show what they can do because that’s what it’s all about at this level.
“We have ambitions to finish as high as we possibly can in the league this season and I’m very enthused about our chances of doing that.
“We managed to keep nearly all of our competitive players from the First Division so that will give us an edge, hopefully. If we can keep everyone fit we’re looking forward to a good season.”
Ballymoney (from the Irish: Baile Monaidh meaning “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 town 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.