Marcus Armstrong Player Profile

Player Details

  • Full Name: Marcus Dill Armstrong
  • Born: March 10th, 1907 (Belfast)
  • Died: August 13th, 1984 (Belfast)
  • Position: Inside Forward
  • Signed: May 9th, 1930
  • First Manager: Selection Committee
  • Left Club: May 31st, 1931
  • Career Totals: 2 appearances, 1 goals
  • Also Played For: Coleraine

Playing History

Season Win % Draw % Loss %
1929-1930 2 1 0 0 50.0% 0.0% 50.0%
Totals: 2 (0) 1

 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
 14/05/30 vs. Distillery (A) 3 - 2
 10/05/30 vs. Bangor (H) 0 - 2

 Recent First Team Goals
 14/05/30 vs. Distillery (A) 3 - 2

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
 14/05/30 vs. Distillery (A)  3 - 2

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
 14/05/30 vs. Distillery (A)  3 - 2
 10/05/30 vs. Bangor (H)  0 - 2


Marcus Armstrong’s career in a Ballymena shirt lasted four days and two appearances in the Spring of the 1929/1930 season.

Little is known of Armstrong and his footballing pedigree, the 23-year-old Belfast native appeared out of the blue to earn a space at inside forward for Ballymena’s penultimate game of only their second season in existence, a City Cup game at home to Bangor in May 1930. Selectors had been trying in vain to fill that particular position since the departure of Hoody McCambridge to Everton a few months previously.

Marcus played a steady but unspectacular debut at the Showgrounds in the 2-0 defeat to Bangor but kept his place in the eleven for the final game of the season away to Distillery four days later. Armstrong repaid the faith of the club by scoring the winning goal in a 3-2 victory to cap the season off in style, and Marcus was also part of the travelling party for an end of season friendly game at Dalymount Park, as Ballymena lost 5-2 to Bohemians.

Signs were clearly strong enough to merit retention on Amateur forms for the next campaign, but the return of William Kimlin (from Broadway United) and then James Gilmour (from Coleraine) into the forward line left Armstrong with no opportunities to show his potential on the field. He failed to make any competitive appearances during the 1930/1931 season as the Braidmen continued to flourish, reaching the Irish Cup final for the third consecutive season.

Little is known of Armstrong’s football career thereafter in the Irish League or otherwise, he was signed by Coleraine after his spell at Ballymena but failed to make a competitive appearance for the Bannsiders.

Marcus Armstrong passed away in August 1984 in Belfast, aged 77.

(May 1930) Ballymena; Coleraine

Last updated: 27 May 2023


May 10th, 1930
Bangor 2 - 0 Ballymena United

City Cup


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