Ballymena 2
Linfield 1
League (Irish League)

2 - 1

League (Irish League)
Saturday, December 26th, 1931
Ballymena Showgrounds
2:30 PM Kick-off

None. None.

Team Managers
Selection Committee

Starting Eleven
James King
Robert Stewart
Billy McCandless
James Surgenor
John McNinch
Andrew Haddow
John Murphy
William Hood
Robert Stoddart
John Barr
William Cox


None. None.

None. None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Match Officials

Match Report

Unprecedented scenes - a description of which is given below - occurred at the Showgrounds on Boxing Day, when a crowd estimated at close on 10,000 attended to see the Ballymena - Linfield match.

At the start of the match a big section of the crowd climbed over the railings on every side and stood close to the touch-lines. Eventually they began to encroach on the playing pitch itself, and about fifteen minutes after the start the referee stopped play until they they were put back over the lines.

Seventeen minutes after the resumption of play in the second half the situation got beyond control and the referee decided to abandon the match. At this point Ballymena were leading by 2-1, all three goals being scored in the first half, and so well were the Light Blues shaping in the second half that they looked winners all over, and in all probability would have won the points. It was a very unsatisfactory ending to the match as far as Ballymena were concerned.

Winning the toss, Linfield played with the breeze, Ballymena defending the Slemish goal. The visitors attacked steadily in the opening stages, but the home defence kicked strongly even in the face of the breeze, and eventually let the forwards away, but Pyper cleared.

McNinch filled the breach in the next Linfield attack, and later ran across to tackle Houston, who shot over the bar. McCandless too was doing the work of two men, but fifteen minutes after the kick-off McCracken drove home a long shot from about twenty-five yards range, the ball soaring into the net out of King's reach. It was a surprise goal, and at the moment looked like the forerunner of other Linfield goals, as they had done nearly all the attacking up to that time.

Match report written by Ballymena Observer (1 January 1932)

Squad Statistics (as at December 26th, 1931)

1931-1932 All Time

League Table (as at December 26th, 1931)

Pld W D L Pts
1. Linfield 17 13 3 1 29
2. Belfast Celtic 18 11 5 2 27
3. Derry City 18 10 5 3 25
4. Glentoran 18 11 2 5 24
5. Coleraine 18 8 5 5 21
6. Portadown 18 7 4 7 18
7. BALLYMENA 17 6 4 7 16
8. Cliftonville 18 6 4 8 16
9. Distillery 18 5 6 7 16
10. Glenavon 18 6 3 9 15
11. Newry 17 6 2 9 14
12. Larne 17 3 5 9 11
13. Ards 18 3 3 12 9
14. Bangor 18 1 5 12 7