Ballymena & Provincial Football League

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Ballymena & Provincial Football League
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Founded1948
Country Northern Ireland
Number of teams53 (11 in Premier)
Level on pyramid 4 (Premier only)
Promotion to NIFL Premier Intermediate League
Domestic cup(s) Irish Cup
IFA Intermediate Cup
Current champions Bangor (2018–19)

The Ballymena and Provincial Football League [1] is a regional football league in Northern Ireland. The league has a Premier Division with intermediate status and three junior divisions: Junior Divisions 1, 2 and 3.

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History

The league was formed as the Ballymena and District Junior League in 1948, with twelve founding members, including Moyola Park F.C., the only original member club that still retains membership through its reserve team. In 1983, the name was changed to the Ballymena and District Premier League, and in 1990, intermediate status was granted to the top division and the league was renamed as the Ballymena and Provincial Intermediate League. The league subsequently changed its name again to the current Ballymena and Provincial Football League. [2]

Moyola Park Association Football Club is an intermediate, Northern Irish football club playing in the NIFL Premier Intermediate League. The club, founded in 1880, hails from Castledawson, near Magherafelt, County Londonderry, and plays its home matches at the Mill Meadow, which has an artificial "3G" surface. Club colours are royal blue and yellow. They are currently managed by Mervyn Pattison. The club won the inaugural Irish Cup in 1881.

Intermediate clubs in membership (201920)

Intermediate Division [3]

Ballymoney United F.C.

Ballymoney United Football Club is an intermediate, Northern Irish football club playing in the Northern Ireland Intermediate League. The club, founded in 1944, hails from Ballymoney, County Antrim and currently plays its home matches at the Ballymoney Showgrounds. Before relegation from the Northern Ireland Football League in 2015, the club played at the Riada Stadium in Ballymoney, which is shared with Glebe Rangers. Club colours are all blue with a white and black away kit. The current manager is Liam Kearney and is one of the youngest managers to take charge of Ballymoney, the Chairman is Noel Lamont who has been chairman for about 6 years.

Ballynure Old Boys Football Club, also known as Ballynure O.B., is an intermediate-level football club playing in the Premier division of the Ballymena & Provincial League in Northern Ireland. The club was founded in 1969. As well as the 1st team, the club also has 2nd team playing in the Junior Division 2 of the league. The club is based in Ballynure, County Antrim, but plays its home matches at Mossley Park, Carnmoney.

Belfast Celtic Football Club is an intermediate, Northern Irish football club playing in the Ballymena & Provincial Intermediate League. The club hails from Belfast and plays its home games at Glen Road Heights, which is in the west of the city. It was founded as Sport & Leisure Swifts in 1978 and played in the County Down Premier League and the Dunmurry League, before joining the Northern Amateur League in 1990. The club in 2019 changed its name to Belfast Celtic.

Format

Intermediate Division

Currently, fourteen teams play in the Intermediate Division. The league champions can be promoted to NIFL Premier Intermediate League, providing they meet the admittance requirements.

NIFL Premier Intermediate League

The NIFL Premier Intermediate League is the third division of the Northern Ireland Football League, the national association football league in Northern Ireland, and the highest intermediate division in Northern Ireland, occupying level three in the Northern Ireland football league system – below the NIFL Premiership and NIFL Championship.

Cups

Cups that are currently available to the Ballymena & Provincial Intermediate Leagues are:

and teams in the junior divisions can play in the Irish Junior Cup. [4]

List of champions

SeasonChampions
Before 2006–07unknown
2006–07 Raceview
2007–08 Ballynure Old Boys
2008–09Coleraine Crusaders
2009–10 Raceview
2010–11 Brantwood
2011–12 Raceview
2012–13 Newtowne
2013–14 Brantwood
2014–15 Ballynure Old Boys
2015–16 Newtowne
2016–17 Coagh United
2017–18 Glebe Rangers
2018–19 Bangor [5]

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Dromara Village F.C.

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Killymoon Rangers F.C.

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Cookstown Olympic F. C. is an intermediate-level football club that formerly played in the Premier Division of the Ballymena & Provincial League in Northern Ireland. The club hails from Cookstown, County Tyrone. Sponsored by Christopher Eastwood's Dunleath Bar the club is focused around Saturday night pints.

Raceview Football Club is a junior-level club playing in the Ballymena Saturday Morning League in Northern Ireland. The club dropped into junior football for the 2013-14 season, after dissolving and being formally recognised as Raceview Athletic. Raceview previously enjoyed intermediate status and participation in the Irish Cup

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Rathcoole Football Club are a junior-level football club playing in the third division of the Ballymena & Provincial League in Northern Ireland. The club was founded in 2012. The club is based in Rathcoole, Newtownabbey, County Antrim, playing their home games at the Diamond, a two pitch facility that they share with Rathfern Rangers. They gained intermediate status in 2013 and competed in the Irish Cup for the first time in 2015–16, reaching the second round. However the club returned to the junior ranks for the 2016-17 season by dropping down a division. Rathcoole then folded in July 2017 and rebuilt the team and registered themselves again for the 2017-2018 season.

Sofia Farmer Football Club is an intermediate-level football club playing in the Premier division of the Ballymena & Provincial League in Northern Ireland. The club originally played at the Mid-Ulster Sports Arena, Cookstown, County Tyrone, before moving in 2016 to share Allen Park, Antrim, with Chimney Corner. The club plays in the Irish Cup.

Cookstown Youth Football Club is an intermediate-level football club from Cookstown, County Tyrone, in Northern Ireland, playing in the Intermediate Division of the Ballymena & Provincial League. The club was formed in 1991. It has a number of under-age teams and a senior team. The club plays in the Irish Cup.

Cookstown Royal British Legion Football Club is an intermediate-level football club from Cookstown, County Tyrone, in Northern Ireland, playing in the Intermediate Division of the Ballymena & Provincial League. The club is connected to the Royal British Legion branch in the town. The club plays in the Irish Cup.

St James Swifts F.C.

St James' Swifts are an intermediate-level football club from St. James area of west Belfast, in Northern Ireland, playing in the Intermediate Division of the Ballymena & Provincial League. The club was formed in 2010 and entered the intermediate ranks in 2017.. It has a number of under-age teams and a senior team. The club plays in the Irish Cup.

References

  1. Ballymena & Provincial Football League Rules [ permanent dead link ]
  2. "Ballymena & Provincial League History". Archived from the original on 2016-01-25. Retrieved 2014-08-08.
  3. "Cups". Ni Football. 2008-10-03. Archived from the original on 21 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-03.
  4. nifootball