William Faulkner - Player Profile


Full Name:William Faulkner
Born:January 18th, 1990 (Belfast)
Position:Midfielder
Signed:June 10th, 2015
First Manager:Glenn Ferguson
Career Stats: 124 appearances, 13 goals
Full Debut: August 12th, 2015 - Ballymena United 1 - 7 Glenavon (League - NIFL Premiership)
First Goal: September 5th, 2015 - Glentoran 1 - 3 Ballymena United (League - NIFL Premiership)
Also Played For:Ards, Carrick Rangers, Crusaders, Dundela

 Season  League Apps Gls GtGR Yel Red W D L
 2018-2019  NIFL Premiership 10 (8) 2 0.11 0 0 66.7% 11.1% 22.2%
 2017-2018  NIFL Premiership 10 (23) 1 0.03 2 0 33.3% 15.2% 51.5%
 2016-2017  NIFL Premiership 32 (8) 4 0.10 4 0 60.0% 10.0% 30.0%
 2015-2016  NIFL Premiership 29 (4) 6 0.18 5 0 42.4% 15.2% 42.4%
81 (43) 13 0.10

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Most Recent 1st Team Starts:
 Apr 27th, 2019 League  (H)  vs. Crusaders 3 - 0
 Jan 8th, 2019 County Antrim Shield  (H)  vs. Linfield 1 - 2
 Nov 2nd, 2018 League  (H)  vs. Glenavon 2 - 1
 Oct 27th, 2018 League  (H)  vs. Crusaders 3 - 0
 Oct 23rd, 2018 County Antrim Shield  (H)  vs. Ballyclare Comrades 3 - 0
 
 Most Recent Goals:
 Oct 27th, 2018 League  (H)  vs. Crusaders 3 - 0
 Aug 4th, 2018 League  (A)  vs. Dungannon Swifts 2 - 0
 Aug 29th, 2017 League Cup  (H)  vs. Knockbreda 3 - 0
 Nov 16th, 2016 League Cup  (A)  vs. Warrenpoint Town 2 - 0
 Nov 12th, 2016 League  (H)  vs. Carrick Rangers 2 - 0

Signed by Glenn Ferguson in in June 2015 after Ards failed to win promotion to the NIFL Premiership, initially signing a one year deal. Faulkner was part of the 2016 County Antrim Shield winning team.

A diminutive winger, Faulkner broke through the ranks at Crusaders making his debut during the 2009/2010 season. Despite impressive performances for the Reserves and even coming off the bench in both legs of the Crues’ Europa League tie against Fulham in 2011, he dropped down two divisions to join Dundela before the start of the same season with first team opportunities limited for the then 21-year-old.

Faulkner starred for the Wilgar Park side under manager Mark Snodden as Dundela were promoted to Championship 1 after finishing second in the 2011/2012 season. The goals continued to flow the following season as the Duns finished fourth and Faulkner was scooped up by Ards manager Niall Currie for their first season back in the Premier League. At the nomadic County Down club, the forward was one of the few bright lights, scoring 13 goals despite Ards’ relegation in the 2013/14.

Faulkner had the misfortune of making his Ballymena United debut in a 7-1 hammering by Glenavon at the Showgrounds, but soon found his feet on the wing as the team regained form during the Autumn of 2015. The crucial equaliser in the Country Antrim Shield semi-final against Larne set the Sky Blues on the way to victory and also on the path to United lifting the Shield at the National Stadium after defeating Linfield in January 2016 – Willie’s first senior winner’s medal.

Following David Jeffrey replacing Glenn Ferguson as manager in March 2016, Faulkner flourished in a more central role and finished the season with six goals for the Braidmen. Jeffrey moved quickly to extend his contract by a further year at the Showgrounds in May 2016.

 Goals Scored
Sep 5th, 2015 League  (A)  vs. Glentoran 3 - 1 (78')
Dec 1st, 2015 County Antrim Shield  (A)  vs. Larne 3 - 2 (89')
Dec 5th, 2015 League  (A)  vs. Cliftonville 2 - 4 (25')
Mar 19th, 2016 League  (H)  vs. Warrenpoint Town 3 - 1 (89')
Mar 19th, 2016 League  (H)  vs. Warrenpoint Town 3 - 1 (90')
Apr 19th, 2016 League  (A)  vs. Warrenpoint Town 1 - 4 (23')
Sep 24th, 2016 League  (H)  vs. Glentoran 4 - 1 (60')
Oct 12th, 2016 League Cup  (H)  vs. Linfield 4 - 1 (73')
Nov 12th, 2016 League  (H)  vs. Carrick Rangers 2 - 0 (90')
Nov 16th, 2016 League Cup  (A)  vs. Warrenpoint Town 2 - 0 (69')
Aug 29th, 2017 League Cup  (H)  vs. Knockbreda 3 - 0 (82')
Aug 4th, 2018 League  (A)  vs. Dungannon Swifts 2 - 0 (33')
Oct 27th, 2018 League  (H)  vs. Crusaders 3 - 0 (75')

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