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Ballyclare Comrades FC joins The National Lottery Football Weekends campaign

We are pleased to advise supporters that this Saturday’s (26th March) game against Newry City at Dixon Park has been selected as our dedicated #TNLFootballWeekends fixture, with home supporters able to obtain free tickets if they are National Lottery players.

As fans, you know full well how damaging the pandemic has been to clubs like ours. With a halt in the football calendar and no gate revenue there were serious fears about the future of many clubs. Thankfully National Lottery players stepped in to protect many local football clubs, providing £12.5million of support to clubs in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

As thanks for the essential support, 231 clubs in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are now taking part in The National Lottery Football Weekends.  Each club will, for one home fixture in March or April, run a special ‘Buy One Get One Free’ ticket offer for National Lottery players to take someone – potentially for the very first time – to a game.

The buy-one-get-one-free offer gives supporters the chance to get their second ticket to the game for free in exchange for providing proof of a National Lottery product (e.g. Lotto ticket, scratch card).

Following payment of match admission, the match attendees must clearly display their TNL ticket at the gate to matchday staff to be eligible for the offer. This will allow free admission for their accompanied guest free of charge. Each club has been given a limit of 150 tickets, which will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

Key Information Summary:

– The National Lottery ticket offer allows supporters to buy one ticket and get a second ticket for free when they show proof of a National Lottery product at the time of purchase.

– This offer can only be activated at the turnstiles of Dixon Park on matchday.

To find out more about The National Lottery Football Weekend visit www.thenationallotteryfootballweekends.co.uk/FAQs

Terms and conditions apply. 

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Welcome Andrew Whiteside!

Ballyclare Comrades is pleased to announce the signing of 20-year-old attacking-midfielder, Andrew Whiteside.

Andrew joins the Comrades from Lough 41 Premier Intermediate League side, Tobermore United.

“We’re delighted to welcome Andrew Whiteside to the club,” said Paul Harbinson. “He comes with a pedigree of having played youth international and with Coleraine FC. After returning from England, he is keen to get himself back to the standards he was at previously. Let’s hope he settles in and enjoys playing his best football for the Comrades!”

Andrew will wear the number 18 shirt for the Comrades.

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Welcome Kyle Beggs!

Ballyclare Comrades is delighted to announce the return of Kyle Beggs on loan from Glenavon until the end of the season.

Kyle needs no introduction to Comrades fans having made such an impact during his previous spells at the club.

“This loan signing is one that I’m sure will put a smile on many faces, as it did my own,” said Paul Harbinson. “We have a long-standing relationship with Kyle and when the opportunity arose to bring him back to the club for a spell, there was no discussion required. As always, I want to thank Gary Hamilton for his part in the process and we look forward to seeing Kyle in a Ballyclare shirt.”

Kyle will wear the number 24 shirt for the remainder of the season.

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Welcome Matthew Stephenson!

Ballyclare Comrades is pleased to announce the signing of 20-year-old centre-back, Matthew Stephenson.

Matthew joins the Comrades from Northern Ireland Intermediate League side, Strabane Athletic.

“Having spent time at Foyle Harps, Coleraine, Institute and most recently Strabane Athletic, Matthew is a player we see as having great potential for the future,” said Paul Harbinson. “He has trained with us for a couple of weeks and looks a no nonsense defender who we are looking forward to seeing in a Comrades shirt.”

Matthew will wear the number 12 shirt for the Comrades.

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Welcome Ryan Arthur!

Ballyclare Comrades is pleased to announce the signing of 26-year-old centre-back, Ryan Arthur.

Ryan joins the Comrades from Lough 41 Premier Intermediate side, Bangor.

“Ryan fits perfectly into the category of player that we are looking for,” said Paul Harbinson. “A young man with a good degree of experience who wants to push on and help us to be successful in the coming years. A big, all heart defender, we are looking forward to seeing him in a Ballyclare shirt.”

Ryan will wear the number 5 shirt for the Comrades.

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Welcome Caiolan Brennan!

Ballyclare Comrades is pleased to announce the signing of young winger, Caiolan Brennan, who is joining on loan until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old joins the Comrades from Danske Bank Premiership side, Coleraine, while he spent the first half of the 21/22 season on loan at Limavady United.

“Caiolan Brennan is a player that we enquired about in the summer, having been an admirer of his pace and ability with the ball for a while now,” said Paul Harbinson. “We’re delighted that he has agreed to join us and thank Oran and Coleraine for their assistance in making it happen.”

Caiolan will wear the number 14 shirt for the Comrades.

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Welcome Owen McKeown!

Ballyclare Comrades is pleased to announce the signing of right-sided midfielder/defender, Owen McKeown.

The 24-year-old joins the Comrades from Danske Bank Premiership side, Ballymena United where he signed in September 2020 after impressing at Crumlin United. McKeown went on to make 23 appearances for the Sky Blues during his time at The Showgrounds.

“Owen is a player whom we have kept a close eye on for over a year now and we are delighted to have attracted him to the club,” said Paul Harbinson. “He comes with a great level of experience along with a versatile ability and playing style, making him a great asset across a number of key areas in the team. His quick feet and ability with the ball will be something that the fans will enjoy watching. We look forward to working with him!”

Owen will wear the number 4 shirt for the Comrades. Want to show support for Owen? You can sponsor him for £20 for this season and you will get your name/business listed beside Owen on our Sponsor A Player page, as well as a photo opportunity with him. You can sponsor Owen here.

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Transfer News | Howard Beverland departs

Ballyclare Comrades FC can confirm that Howard Beverland has departed the club to sign for Portadown FC.

The defender, who previously enjoyed a 14 year spell in the Danske Bank Premiership, joined the Comrades at the beginning of this 21/22 season and made 16 appearances during his short spell at the club.

“Howard was the consummate professional in all of his dealings throughout his time at the club,” said Paul Harbinson. “A real warrior on the pitch but a true gentleman off it. We wish him well and would never stand in the way of a player wanting to return to premier league football.”

Howard’s departure follows the news of both Joe Tully and Gary Donnelly also leaving the club as they joined Ards FC yesterday.

Everyone involved with Ballyclare Comrades FC wishes Howard the very best as he returns to the Danske Bank Premiership.

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Welcome Michael Smith!

Ballyclare Comrades is pleased to announce the signing of experienced Irish League forward, Michael Smith.

The 29-year-old joins the Comrades from Dundela after spending the past 4 seasons with Danske Bank Premiership side, Carrick Rangers.

“I’m very happy to be here,” said Michael Smith. “I’m really looking forward to getting on the pitch and playing games and hopefully bringing the goals to push us up the table. After speaking with Paul, I didn’t want to go anywhere else.”

“We’re delighted to get a player of Michael’s quality over the line,” said Paul Harbinson. “I know a lot of clubs were interested in him so for him to choose to come here is fantastic for us. I’ve known him for a few years and know he is a great professional who will add a real goal threat to our ranks.”

Michael will wear the number 9 shirt for the Comrades. Want to show support for Michael? You can sponsor him for £20 for this season and you will get your name/business listed beside Michael on our Sponsor A Player page, as well as a photo opportunity with him. You can sponsor Michael here.

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Match Tickets | Larne 7/12/21

Entry to our upcoming ToalsBet.com County Antrim Shield Semi Final clash against Larne next Tuesday 7th December is by TICKET ONLY. No cash gate will be available.

Comrades fans will be in the McKay Stand at Inver Park, and tickets priced at £10 adult and £6 concession are available at the link below:

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