Ballymena 2
Linfield 0
League (Irish League)

2 - 0

League (Irish League)
Wednesday, March 2nd, 1932
Ballymena Showgrounds
3:00 PM Kick-off

Ronald Cameron (10)
Andrew Haddow (36)

Team Managers
Selection Committee
Selection Committee

Starting Eleven
James King
Billy McCandless
John McNinch
Robert Stewart
James Surgenor
David Flannigan
Ronald Cameron
William Cox
Andrew Haddow
David Hodge
Robert Stoddart
Charles Lawson
Stewart Redpath
Tommy Hood
William Ellis
Jack Jones
Jack Curran
Samuel Russell
James Buchanan
Joe Bambrick
Harold McCaw
R. Davidson


None. None.

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

P. Snape (Blackpool) (Referee)

Match Report

The only outstanding fixture to compete the Irish League table - the abandoned game between Ballymena and Linfield - was replayed in its entirety at Ballymena on Wednesday afternoon.

With Linfield already declared champions, very little interest was centred in the game, and although the weather was fine, the 'gate' was of small dimensions. Both teams showed considerable changes. The Ballymena players wore crepe armlets and the club flag was at half-mast as a mark of sympathy with the chairman, Mr. A. L. McClelland, on the death of his mother.

Ballymena with the breeze advantage were first dangerous, and after they had forced an abortive corner Haddow sent in a great shot which Lawson saved at full stretch. Both sides played refreshing first-time football, with Ballymena having slightly the best of it. and at the end of ten minutes Ronald Cameron, taking a pass up the centre, shot in his stride to beat Lawson all the way for the opening point.

Subsequently Lawson saved well from Cameron and Haddow, and then King was twice in action dealing with stiff shots from Bambrick and McCaw. The next incident was a dive by Lawson to a low grounder from Haddow, the 'keeper being lucky when the ball went loose to scoop it round the upright for an abortive corner.

In the subsequent play Ballymena were always the more dangerous side, and with 36 minutes gone Stewart lifted well into goal from the touchline for Andrew Haddow to hook the ball in for a second goal. Just before the interval Linfield forced a couple of abortive corners.

Play in the second half was not so interesting, especially at the start, though Lawson was still getting a good deal more to do than King. Bambrick, however, had one chance with fifteen minutes gone, but he lifted high over.

Then Ballymena got going again, and after Cameron had struck the timber over Lawson a resounding smack the same player netted in the course of a scrimmage. This point was disallowed, however, but Ballymena were still rather more than holding their own, and following a corner Lawson brought off a good full stretch save from Stoddart.

Towards the close play became very lifeless, the first-time methods of the opening period giving place to close football, and there was no further score.

Match report written by Ballymena Weekly Telegraph (5 March 1932)

Squad Statistics (as at March 2nd, 1932)

1931-1932 All Time
James King (GK)24 35 - 35 -
Billy McCandless39 341812
John McNinch28 3561528
Robert Stewart25 373804
James Surgenor21 19 - 19 -
David Flannigan26 171171
Ronald Cameron26 114146
William Cox - 339339
Andrew Haddow28 276276
David Hodge22 5 - 5 -
Robert Stoddart30 23112311

League Table (as at March 2nd, 1932)

Pld W D L Pts
1. Linfield 25 19 3 3 41
2. Derry City 26 16 6 4 38
3. Coleraine 26 13 6 7 32
4. Glentoran 26 12 7 7 31
5. Belfast Celtic 25 13 5 7 31
6. BALLYMENA 26 12 5 9 29
7. Cliftonville 26 11 5 10 27
8. Distillery 26 8 7 11 23
9. Portadown 25 8 6 11 22
10. Newry 26 9 4 13 22
11. Glenavon 26 7 5 14 19
12. Larne 26 6 7 13 19
13. Ards 26 6 4 16 16
14. Bangor 25 2 6 17 10