JIMMY Brown took over the reigns at the Showgrounds but could only manage a seventh place finish in the Irish League.
However pressure was on the former Carrick Rangers boss early on in the season after very poor showings in the early season Ulster and Gold Cups.
Seemingly, Brown's only saving grace in the first half of the season was a run to the final of the County Antrim Shield. However, the Sky Blues fell to Distillery in the final, losing 3-1.
Come December, their form picked up for the League campaign and despite lacking consistency the Braidmen picked up a number of high-scoring wins, but could only finish mid-table after a poor run of results towards the end - only four points off third place.
The Irish Cup specialists could only reach the quarter-finals this year, after being dumped out by Jim Platt's Coleraine side at the Ballycastle Road.
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Full list of Fixtures and Results for 1985/1986
Full list of Player Appearances
Full list of Goalscorers
Final Smirnoff Irish League table
Final Ulster Cup and Gold Cup group standings
Honours: County Antrim Shield Finalists 1985/86
Final League Position - 7th (from 14)
Total games played - 48
Biggest home win - 7-1 v. Carrick Rangers - 21-Dec-85 (League)
Biggest home defeat - 1-4 v. Larne - 07-Sep-85 (Gold Cup)
Total players used - ?
Leading goalscorer (all competitions) - Johnny Speak (18 goals)