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Tuesday 1st December v. Carrick Rangers (home) - Danske Bank Premiership - k.o: 7:45pm

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



Season Records

Final League Position - 6th (from 14)

Irish Cup - First Round - defeated by Larne
Gold Cup - Group Stage
Ulster Cup - Semi-Final - defeated by Linfield
League Cup - Second Round - defeated by Linfield
County Antrim Shield - Second Round - defeated by Linfield



Total games played - 42
Total wins - 17
Total draws - 12
Total defeats - 13
Total goals scored - 76
Total goals conceded - 67

Biggest home win - 8-1 v. Milford Everton - 14-Mar-87 (League Cup)
Biggest away win - 5-1 v. Newry Town - 31-Jan-87 (Irish League)

Biggest home defeat - 1-6 v. Linfield - 28-Mar-87 (League Cup)
Biggest away defeat - 2-7 v. Glentoran - 11-Oct-86 (Irish League)

Total players used -
Most appearances (all competitions) -
Most appearances (league only) -

Leading goalscorer (all competitions) - Johnny Speak (17 goals)
Leading goalscorer (league only) - Johnny Speak (10 goals)
Hat-tricks - David Dougherty v. Milford Everton - 14-Mar-87 (League Cup)