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Richard Purcell and Matty Evans sign for the Comrades

Richard Purcell (centre) and Matty Evans (left) sign for the Comrades as we strengthen our goalkeeping team.

Richard joins the Goalkeeping team having previously come through the ranks of his home town club, Coleraine FC.

Michael Dougherty, who worked with Richard over 4 years within the SchoolBoy & Club NI International set up, acted swiftly following the release of Ben McCauley.

“Richard is a GK who I’ve known for a long time,” our Head of Goalkeeping added. “He has an exceptional development background & I am delighted to be able to bring him to Ballyclare.”

Matty joins the club from crusaders & has been recruited to further enhance the goalkeeping department

“I have worked very closely with Matty over the past year within the NIFL elite scholarship programme at Windsor Park. A young , exciting & ambitious talent who will further strengthen our goalkeeping options at Ballyclare”

Richard will wear the number 19 shirt, while Matty will wear number 13.

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Ballyclare Comrades sign Josh McGreevy

Exciting young talent, Josh Mcgreevy, joins the Comrades following spells with PSNI and Carrick Rangers.

The 20 year-old centre forward will add a new dimension to our, already exciting, attacking lineup.

“Josh has enormous potential,” Paul Harbinson said. “He’s an exciting young prospect that will develop at the club and we’re thrilled to have him on board.”

Josh will wear the number 15 shirt.

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Welcome Chris Ramsey! Experienced Irish League defender joins the Comrades

We are delighted to announce the signing of experienced Irish League defender, Chris Ramsey.

Chris brings a wealth of experience to the club after playing at the highest level in the country over the past decade with Cliftonville, Larne, Portadown and most recently, Carrick Rangers.

“I believe he’s a player that can really make a difference for us,” Paul Harbinson said. “He knows what it takes to succeed at the highest level in this country and I have been really impressed with all our talks and the ambition he has shown to take us to the next level.”

Chris will wear the number 6 shirt this season.

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NIFL to supply Ballyclare Comrades with new defibrillator

The NI Football League can reveal that all member clubs including Ballyclare Comrades will be provided with life-saving defibrillators ahead of the new season. 

Following the distressing events at Euro 2020 in Denmark, a risk assessment by the NIFL Board outlined a desire to protect all our clubs to potentially help save the life of someone experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest. 

As a result, new defibrillators will be provided to 41 clubs within the NI Football League membership, including all teams in the Premiership, Championship, Premier Intermediate League and Women’s Premiership.  

NIFL Chairman Gerard Lawlor said;

“The role of the NI Football League is not just to govern but to serve and protect our membership, and this is an important service that we can offer to our clubs to protect players, supporters and staff.”

“Everyone in football got a real shock at the events in Denmark a few weeks ago, so if this project saves one life over a period of time, we simply can’t put a value on that.” 

“The health and welfare of the people connected with our clubs is paramount and sincere thanks to my colleagues on the NIFL Board for their support in delivering this vital support.”