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

PLAYER-manager Jim Hagan made a blistering start to his career at Ballymena United with seven wins in his first nine games, but those first nine games were all cup games, the league was to prove a much more difficult affair.

Despite impressive victories over Glentoran and Portadown early on in the campaign, the Braidmen never found themselves higher than seventh in the table - stumbling as low as thirteenth after a defeat by Glentoran. Humilating six goal defeats by both Portadown and Ards in the league were the lowest ebb of a season that couldn't end soon enough for Hagan, after the early season promise. United finished tenth in the sixteen team league.

The remarkable thing is that Ballymena excelled in the cup competitions with two semi-final appearances and three quarter-finals. One of those semi's was in the Bass Irish Cup were Hagan's side defeated Dundela, Omagh Town and Oxford United Stars to face Glenavon at Windsor Park in the last four stage. The Lurgan blues won 3-1 and went onto beat Linfield in the showpiece final.

Ballymena were cruelly dumped out of the Gold Cup after a late Glentoran revival in the semi-final cost United a place in the final, which again Glentoran went on to win. There were also quarter-final exits in the Ulster Cup, Floodlit Cup and League Cup.

Neil Candlish finished as leading goalscorer with 18 goals from the Scottish striker. Hagan used 32 different players throughout the season, with both Michael Smyth and Paul Hardy appearing in 49 of United's 50 competitive games.


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Full list of Fixtures and Results for 1991/1992
Full list of Player Appearances
Full list of Goalscorers
Final Smirnoff Irish League table


Season Records

Final League Position - 10th (from 16)

Irish Cup - Semi-Final - defeated by Glenavon
Gold Cup - Semi-Final - defeated by Glentoran
Ulster Cup - Quarter-Final - defeated by Crusaderes
League Cup - Quarter-Final - defeated by Larne
Floodlit Cup - Quarter-Final - defeated by Omagh Town
County Antrim Shield - First Round - defeated by Linfield


Total games played - 50
Total wins - 20
Total draws - 12
Total defeats - 18
Total goals scored - 82
Total goals conceded - 70

Biggest home win - 5-0 v. Distillery - 25-Sep-91 (Gold Cup)
Biggest away win - 4-0 v. Coleraine - 14-Sep-91 (Gold Cup)

Biggest home defeat - 0-6 v. Portadown - 25-Jan-92 (League)
Biggest away defeat - 1-6 v. Ards - 14-Dec-91 (League)

Most appearances (all competitions) - Michael Smyth and Paul Hardy (both 49)
Most appearances (league only) - Michael Smyth (30)

Leading goalscorer (all competitions) - Neil Candlish (18 goals)
Leading goalscorer (league only) - Neil Candlish and Dessie Loughery (7 goals each)
Hat-tricks - Billy Pyper v. Ards - 24-Aug-91 (Ulster Cup), Neil Candlish v. Crusaders - 21-Sep-91 (Floodlit Cup)