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New Year sees more Sports Bond winners
Uploaded Monday, 10th Jan, 2022 at 09:17

WE welcomed the first Sports Bond draw of 2022 and saw a few Ballymena United supporters on the winners list.
It was another win for James Gillis (A9779). James, now resident in Larne for the past 8 years has been a £50 major winner on a number of occasions and starts the New Year in the best possible way, a Sports Bond win.

In Randalstown former Sports Bond agent Philip Millar (A2681) also started the year with a £50 major win. Whilst not an agent Philip Millar still continues to support and assist in all promotions.

Both James and Philip pay their subscription by Standing order as can anyone. To join with payment by standing order contact 07831 803970.

The minor winners saw another £10 win for Ballymena United supporter James Gregg (B6807) of Kells. The all male winner list was completed with a £10 win for Chris Wheatley (A4044) on the agency of Alex Beverland.

No jackpot win for 2022 as yet. The numbers 13, 25, 26, and 27 were not allocated and so the jackpot for this week is £250.
First Score
The last first score of 2021 was at Windsor and the next first score will also be at Windsor on Saturday. Ivor Rosborough was the winner on that occasion. Support the club and be sure you get your first score card.
Jim Balmer
All at Ballymena United were stunned and deeply saddened on learning of the untimely passing of Jim Balmer. Jim was the father of our former player Kofi Balmer. Both Jim and wife Karin were always at home and away over the duration of Kofi's career with Ballymena United. When Kofi made his debut and scored against Coleraine at the end of the season one year, he contacted Brian Thompson to see if he could procure his sons shirt from the game and was delighted when he received. In fact he went on be Kofi's shirt sponsor. "Jim Balmer was always the perfect gentleman and it was always a joy to meet Karin and him at a match" commented Brian Thompson. Even though Kofi had moved on Jim continued as a shirt sponsor for Jack Henderson. He was always complimentary on how well Kofi had been treated at Ballymena United and wanted it recognised in this way. I was stunned when Jim informed me of his diagnosis in August 2020 said Brian. His bravery and dignity in these past months can only be admired. During this time he endeavored to promote awareness of the rare condition of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis with which he was afflicted. We extend our deepest sympathy to Karin, Royce and Kofi and trust the memories of happier times and Jim's many achievements will be a comfort in the months ahead.
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