A COMMENDABLE sixth place finish for Jimmy Brown's Ballymena United side in 1987, however had it not been for a miserable start to the League campaign, it could have been a higher finish.
The Sky Blues could only muster three wins from their opening ten games - however, then suddenly lost only one of their next fourteen games for the rest of the season - missing out on fourth place by only two points.
The early season Ulster Cup produced progression to the semi-final stage, where Linfield proved too strong and came out 2-1 winners at the Oval.
United's other cup competitions proved disastrous as an early First Round exit in the Irish Cup to Larne at Inver Park effectively killed off any United's fans hopes of a trophy. The Braidmen also fared poorly in the Gold Cup, placing low in the group stages.
Progression in the second round of both the County Antrim Shield and the new Irish League Cup were halted by Roy Coyle's Linfield side, both defeats were at the Showgrounds - where Ballymena had maintained an impressive record; losing only once at home in the League.
Sion Mills sensation Johnny Speak continued to rake in the goals, finishing the season as the club's leading goalscorer with 17 goals.
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Full list of Fixtures and Results for 1986/1987
Full list of Player Appearances
Full list of Goalscorers
Final Smirnoff Irish League table
Final League Position - 6th (from 14)
Total games played - 42
Biggest home win - 8-1 v. Milford Everton - 14-Mar-87 (League Cup)
Biggest home defeat - 1-6 v. Linfield - 28-Mar-87 (League Cup)
Total players used -
Leading goalscorer (all competitions) - Johnny Speak (17 goals)