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Tuesday 15th October v. Crusaders (home) - Toals Co Antrim Shield Rd 2 - k.o: 7:45pm

Hat Trick for Richard
Uploaded Sunday, 16th Sep, 2018 at 22:46

RICHARD McClean helps out with Ballymena United U20 squad but has been a Sports Bond agent for a number of years.
This week Richard had a major £50 winner for the third week in a row with Dorothy Shaw (B5606). Agent of the week however was Alastair Shaw who had a major winner with Daniel Mulholland (A3370) and a £10 minor winner with Jacqui Smith (A1350). Jacqui was a previous Sports Bond £1000 Jackpot winner. Maurice Anderson had the third £50 winner with Larne member Aden McRoberts (A7119).

The other two minor winners are names who are well known to the Sports Bond winners sheets and are Ian Millar (A4897) and W Donnelly (A8583).

High numbers of 14, 25,26 and 28 saw no Jackpot allocated and so £900 is on offer for this week.
First Score
With 4 games in the next 2 weeks there will be great opportunities to win on First Score. Can Nigel McIlrath secure a third win so early in the season or can Melvin Carleton or Nigel McPeake hit a 2nd win or can you get your first of the season.
Ballymena United Cup Winner and War Hero - John White Swann
On Saturday 15th September exactly 75 years to the day of his passing from injuries received in a plane crash, a commemoration service was held in Glenarm for former Ballymena United Irish Cup winner in 1940 John White Swann. Brian Thompson represented the club at the wreath laying ceremony organised by Paul Duffin of the Larne Great War Society.

John was an inside forward with a deadly penalty scoring record. He played for his home town club Larne in the 1935 Irish Cup final losing to Glentoran after 3 matches. He then played for Partick Thistle for 3 years before signing for Ballymena United in 1939 and going on to win the Irish Cup against Glenavon in 1940, held before the war.

John joined the RAF and attained the rank of sergeant and served as a wireless operator and air gunner. Brian Thompson commented that he was greatly honoured to be asked by the club to attend the event which he found deeply humbling. He was warmly thanked by members of the Swann family who keep the memory of this war hero by retaining the name Johnny White Swann in the male side of the family. Many thanks to Bill Parkinson and British Legion for the wreath and a special thank you to Paul Duffin, a well known Northern Ireland supporter and local historian for his research and organising the event.