|Season||Division||GtGR||Win %||Draw %||Loss %|
|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|
|Recent First Team Starts|
|Jan 26th, 1929||26/01/29||League||Irish League||vs. Newry (H)||0 - 1|
|Recent First Team Goals|
|List of Goals Scored|
|List of Games Played (click to expand)|
Defender William Parkinson made one appearance for the Braidmen during the club’s debut season in the Irish League in January 1929.
Little is known about William Parkinson’s life and career during his short time at the club, he was noted as a police officer who had previously been stationed in Strabane before being transferred to Belfast shorty before signing for Ballymena, with his football background being noted as within local leagues in County Fermanagh.
Constable Parkinson was signed by the Ballymena FC selection committee in January 1929 and was drafted in for his first and only appearance at centre-half alongside fellow debutant Edward Quigley in a league defeat to Newry Town at the Showgrounds, in which both failed to impress onlookers.
Despite not featuring again in the starting eleven at the Showgrounds, his amateur registration was retained for the 1929/1930 but no further appearances followed for William.
Noted primarily for his contribution to the RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary) team, he was a regular figure in select football games representing the force against other servicemen and districts, having been based in the Lisburn Road branch in Belfast in the late 1920’s.
Last updated: 26 May 2022
January 26th, 1929
Newry Town (City) 1 - 0 Ballymena United
League (Irish League)