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Saturday 26th January v. Ards (home) - Danske Bank Premiership - k.o: 3:00pm

£1000 Sports Bond Jackpot Guaranteed
Uploaded Sunday, 7th Jan, 2018 at 22:20

THE year may be only a few days old but Sports Bond this week will ensure it is a happy New Year for one of its members with a guaranteed £1000 Jackpot!
The Jackpot numbers of 12, 14, 16 and 26 were not allocated and so the Jackpot stands at £1000 for this weeks draw.

The majority of last weeks winners were found in two villages linked by the B93 road. In Ahoghill area Maurice Anderson had a great week with a £50 major winner with Derek Connor (C3154) and two £10 minor winners with Paul McNaul (B7251) and James Gillan (A5489), all three have been previous winners.

However down the B93 in Randalstown we had both a new agent success and two new winners. Margaret Rose Speer is our new agent in the area and this week we have two new winners with John Millar (A5349) who won £50 and Bertie Warwick (B8198) who was a £10 winner. As stated both are first time winners, congratulations to Margaret Rose and both winners. The remaining winner this week was a £50 success for Laura Patterson (A0663) on the agency of David Brown.

Our last 3 Jackpot £1000 winners have all been lady members, will that trend continue or will it be the turn of a male member or even a canine member! Join Sports Bond, ring 07831 803970.
First Score
Even though the game was eventually abandoned we did have a First Score winner at Solitude against Cliftonville. The First Score was recorded in eleven minutes and John Murray of the Management Committee picked up £30. Hard luck for young Caitlin Purdy who had a 12 minute card but Caitlin your time will come.
Christmas/New Year Draw
There are celebrations at The Hawthorn Inn at Portglenone as that is where the winning ticket, pulled out by Dorothy Cox, was sold and proprietor Davy Gordon was the winner. Thanks to Dorothy for all her help in securing the tickets with Newcastle United and to McBurney Transport for their assistance in securing travel arrangements with P&O European Ferries.

Second prize was won by Laura Reid of Ballee who wins £100 sponsored by Sports Bond, Laura has now joined Sports Bond which is a nice gesture. Margaret Downey sold the third prize ticket to Melanie Gorman for a fantastic meal for 2 voucher at Gillies Bar, care of Galgorm Manor. Our match day caterer Country Bite was the winner of the fantastic Memphis Music System sponsored by Norfolk Communications. The full list of winners is: -
  • 1st Prize: Davy Gordon - 0734
  • 2nd Prize: Laura Reid - 2454
  • 3rd Prize: Melanie Gorman - 2356
  • 4th Prize: Country Bite - 0294
  • 5th Prize: Rose Linton - 2803
  • 6th Prize: Stuart Moore - 1265
  • 7th Prize: David Harris - 1902
  • 8th Prize: Jackie Stewart - 2819
  • 9th Prize: George Stirling - 1681
  • 10th Prize: Drummond Car Repairs - 1302, Nigel Reid - 1654, Joel Gaston - 1205
  • Tommy Matthews
    Last Saturday at the Irish Cup match with Moyola Park we sadly lost Tommy Matthews, a lifetime Ballymena United supporter. All connected with Sports Bond feel the tragedy of the day more personally as Tommy was a Sports Bond agent almost since its inception. Tommy and the late John Davison ran an agency in the Glenwherry area. Tommy also supported every ballot and promotion run by the club.

    Tommy (aged 80) was ever present at every game, home and away, and was even at Solitude in the stormy conditions of Tuesday 2nd. He was very much "one of our own" stated promoter and Sales and Marketing Executive Brian Thompson, he never wavered in his dedication and support of the club and he had just purchased his ticket for the Co Antrim Shield final.

    In recent years Tommy would personally deliver his Sports Bond returns to Brian's home and his humour and jovial disposition meant the craic was mighty. You only had to sit beside Tommy at a match to see his passion for the club commented Brian. He will be missed greatly. Sports Bond wish to extend their gratitude to Dr Nigel Kyle, Dr Stephen McCurdy and club doctor Brian Patterson for their valiant attempts to help Tommy, paramedics and St John Ambulance staff for their professionalism and our own stewards and showgrounds staff for their help and support in the tragic events of Saturday.