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Comrades in the Community – Opportunities

Ballyclare Comrades via the club Commercial Director, Patrick Moore – are supporting our community by offering a number of opportunities for warehouse work with both Wincanton in Larne, and DHL in Mallusk.

Perhaps you a school leaver looking for your first job, or you’re currently out of work and looking for some ad-hoc temporary work or full-time hours? Maybe you currently work part time and would like to take on some extra hours, then Patrick would love to hear from you.

These roles are open to everyone in the community. If you would like to speak directly with Patrick for more information, don’t hesitate to contact him on 07581415223.

You can also click on the links below to apply for either job, or email Hannah Monaghan at [email protected]

Join Wincanton with Flexsource – Comrades in The Community

Join DHL with Flexsource – Comrades in The Community

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Rearranged Fixtures

We have a number of rescheduled matches coming up over the next few months. We thank the clubs involved for accommodating these changes, and to NIFL for their assistance in rescheduling these games.

Ballyclare v Annagh – Saturday 4 November (3pm kick off)

Ballyclare v Bangor – Saturday 2 December 2023 (3pm kick off)

Portadown v Ballyclare – Saturday 9 December (5.30pm kick off)

Ballyclare v Newington – Tuesday 12 December 2023 (7.45pm kick off)

Ballyclare v Ballinamallard – Saturday 27 January will be at a neutral venue, yet to be confirmed

Bangor v Ballyclare – Friday 23 Feb 2024 (7.45pm kick off)

Annagh v Ballyclare – Saturday 9 March 2024 (3pm kick off)

Ballyclare v Ards – Saturday 16 March will be rescheduled, with a new date TBC.

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New U18s Management Team

We are happy to announce the appointment of a new management team for our Under 18s competing in the National League. Michael Duff and Johnny Robinson make the step up to the 18s having managed our u16s last season.

Johnny Robinson
Johnny Robinson joins Michael as coach

We thank Aaron Fulton for all of his work and dedication with the U18s and wish him well as he joins the coaching staff at U21 level.

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Patrick Moore Appointed Commercial Director

We are pleased to announce Patrick Moore as our new Commercial Director. Patrick has recently had sustained success at both Donegal Celtic and Lisburn Distillery respectively.

As Director of Football, Patrick picked up boyhood Club Donegal Celtic from a struggling position, introduced to the fold by then Manager Liam Hunter. On the verge of exiting intermediate Football, Patrick was able to bring significant financial investment, appoint a new Management Team and begin the process of reforming their junior Football section in a very short turnaround.

After leaving Donegal Celtic in a strong position, Patrick was approached by Barry Johnston at Lisburn Distillery to come on board as Sport and Commercial Director. Playing a key part in Barry’s successful first season and being heavily involved in Talent ID, Financial Development and securing significant long term sponsorships for Distillery’s Mens 1st team, Ladies 1st team and both the boys and girls academies.

Patrick is the Head of Northern Ireland for a leading globally renowned recruitment business. In addition to his primary responsibility of bringing financial investment through local, national and international businesses, Patrick also brings employment opportunities to the club, staff and supporters. We encourage all those around the club that may be in need of work, short or long-term, to get in touch with Patrick to explore. Likewise, our local business owners in need of staff during this difficult time – get in touch. Patrick is here to support the Club and the wider Ballyclare Community. If you would like to contact Patrick, his email address is: [email protected]

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Declan Returns to Dixon!

We are pleased to announce that Declan Breen has agreed to join us again this season on loan, until January. Decky made 36 appearances for us last season, and kept 6 clean sheets in the process.

Stephen Small had this to say about Declan’s return, “We are delighted to welcome Decky back on loan again after a successful season just past and it’s great that he’s chosen to continue his personal development by extending his stay at Dixon Park until at least January.

We thank Cliftonville for facilitating Decky’s loan and continuing the good relationship between our clubs.

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Welcome Ethan!

We are pleased to announce that Ethan Simpson will join us on loan from Larne for the 23/24 season

Ethan, a centre midfielder, arrives at Dixon Park having worked with Manager Stephen Small at youth level.

We look forward to integrating him into the team and aiding his development further.

We would like to thank Larne FC for facilitating this move.

Ethan made his first appearance for the club in last night’s friendly vs Crumlin Utd and will wear the number 17 shirt this season.

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Calvin Signs!

We are delighted to announce that 21 year old striker Calvin McCurry has agreed to sign permanently for the 2023/24 season.

Calvin spent last season on loan from Cliftonville scoring 10 goals and finishing the season in fine form.

Stephen Small, “This is a great signing for us. Calvin showed his qualities all last season with his all round forward play and work rate. He is a young ambitious player eager to improve under the guidance of our coaching staff . We look forward to watching him continue to perform and score even more goals in a Ballyclare shirt.”

Calvin will join after his contract expires with Cliftonville at the end of this month and will wear the number 11 shirt.

Welcome back Calvin!