Derry City 1
Ballymena 1
League (Irish League)

Derry City 

1 - 1


League (Irish League)
Saturday, August 31st, 1929
3:00 PM Kick-off

Samuel Curran (65) George Arlow (9)

Team Managers
Joe McCleery Selection Committee

Starting Eleven
Arthur Fitzroy
Fred Mason
George Ray
Gerry Stewart
Ted Reed
Con Hilley
Peter Kirby
John Rodgers
Samuel Curran
Jimmy Crozier
Harold Senior
John Gough
John McNinch
David Nelson
Gordon McDairmid
Alfred Basnett
Sidney Howard
David Reid
James Mitchell
James McCambridge
George Arlow
Jamie Shiels


None. None.

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

A. Price (Wrexham) (Referee)

Match Report

A big trainload of Ballymena supporters travelled to Derry last Saturday in the worst possible weather to see what proved to be a keen struggle at Brandywell Grounds.

Scores of enthusiasts joined the train at Cullybackey, Ballymoney and Coleraine, all intent on seeing the match in spite of the fact that torrential rain was fallen on a water-sodden earth, and there seemed but slight chance of a break in the clouds. Fortunately, as the train neared the Maiden City the rain ceased, and happily kept off until towards the end of the match, when a sharp shower fell. The size of the crowd may be realised from the fact that the gate receipts amounted to £220.

The winning of the toss by Derry gave them the advantage of a slight breeze, but in spite of this Ballymena were more trustful side at the start. They settled down early to give a good display, and in the opening stages Bassnet was conspicuous for some fine work.

The first thrill came when Crozier, the Derry inside right shot over the bar with Gough out of goal. This was only a break in the consistent Ballymena attack, for immediately afterwards they resumed their impressive display, and success crowned their efforts when the game was only nine minutes old.

The movement which brought the goal commenced with McCambridge, who after beating three opponents one after another, swung the ball out to Nelson, who led up and sent across goal for George Arlow to score with an oblique drive which landed the ball past Fitzroy into the roof of the net.

Ballymena carried play into the Derry danger zone again, and McCambridge forced a corner, and when the ball came out from a ruck of players Bassnet met it about thirty yards out and drove in hard with a great left-footer, Fitzroy having to use all his skill to get the ball away.

In the next moment Derry forwards were giving the Ballymena defence a hot time when Bassnet again came on the scene and eased the pressure. Shiels made headway with a fast run, but when he sent out to Nelson the Ballymena leader rushed in between the backs and was adjudged off-side.

A Derry attack brought momentary danger which was averted for the time being by the concession of a corner, but McNinch cleared and allowed Shiels to get away. The ball eventually went to Nelson, who shot, but Mason cleared to touch. 'Hands' against Shiels about midfield brought play to the Ballymena end again, and when Senior was shaping for a shot Curran was ruled off-side.

Another Derry movement brought a corner, forced by Curran, but Davy Reid captured the ball and sent Arlow on a race up the wing. His centre was lost, however, and the home forwards were enabled to make ground once more, ultimately receiving a couple of corners before play was transferred to midfield. In the course of these Derry raids Gough did yeoman service.

There was a dangerous moment at the Derry end when Shiels & co. were pressing, Fitzroy had lifted the ball almost on the line to the right of the goal, but when clearing hit the ball against Nelson, who was nearby, and for the space of a few seconds there was a tremendous scramble, but eventually the ball went to touch. Nearing the interval Howard sent in a stiff shot which Fitzroy grounded, and Arlow was just the fraction of a second too late to connect.

Up to the moment Ballymena had had the major share of the play, and on resumption they again took up the running. A pass from Shiels let Arlow away, and to ease the pressure Ray conceded a corner. Ballymena received a free, taken by Reid, and afterwards Howard landed the ball into a ruck of players in the goal area, but it came out after a time and Senior, Derry's outside right, got away on a clear field and made good progress until baulked by McDiarmid. Then Shiels led the Ballymena front line again and pushed the ball out to Arlow, who shot over.

At the opposite end Senior fired in a beautiful shot which Gough jumped to and saved at the expense of a corner. Another raid by Ballymena was followed by a swift Derry attack, in the course of which danger seemed averted when McNinch made a partial clearance, but the ball went off to Kirby, who passed it in for Samuel Curran to score the equaliser amidst tumultuous applause.

Derry seemed to take on a new lease of life after this, and for the next five minutes subjected the Ballymena defence to immense pressure but between the sturdy work of Reid, McNinch and McDiarmid, assisted by Gough in goal, the raiders were kept out, although they fought hard for another goal. Their most dangerous tries were a couple of testers from Senior, but Gough was keeping a splendid goal, and proved equal to the emergence.

Shiels had the chance of a lifetime in the next Ballymena attack. With the ball at his toe he beat Ray in a great race for goal, but hesitated fatally almost on the goal line and allowed Fitzroy to get the ball away. Had he shot a second sooner it is almost certain that he would have scored.

The game was now in its closing stages and with all his customary dash McCambridge tried hard to find the net, but Fitzroy was ready and fielded the ball, and Shiels returned but struck the upright. Another spurt by Derry was dangerous enough, and Gough was called on to save from Rodgers. In the last minute Arlow

Match report written by Ballymena Observer (6 September 1929)

Squad Statistics (as at August 31st, 1929)

1929-1930 All Time
John Gough (GK)33 3 - 47 -
Alfred Basnett36 3 - 3 -
David Nelson26 1 - 8 -
Gordon McDairmid22 3 - 48 -
John McNinch26 3 - 441
David Reid33 1 - 436
Sidney Howard22 3 - 391
James McCambridge23 314731
George Arlow23 1111
Jamie Shiels20 3 - 4042
James Mitchell25 3 - 4021

League Table (as at August 31st, 1929)

Pld W D L Pts
1. Linfield 3 3 0 0 6
2. Glentoran 3 3 0 0 6
3. Glenavon 3 2 0 1 4
4. Larne 3 2 0 1 4
5. Bangor 3 2 0 1 4
6. Coleraine 3 2 0 1 4
7. Distillery 3 1 1 1 3
8. Portadown 3 1 1 1 3
9. Belfast Celtic 3 1 0 2 2
10. BALLYMENA 3 0 2 1 2
11. Newry 3 1 0 2 2
12. Derry City 3 0 1 2 1
13. Ards 3 0 1 2 1
14. Cliftonville 3 0 0 3 0