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Friday 10th December v. Larne (home) - Danske Bank Premiership - k.o: 7:45pm

Cliftonville MATCH REPORT

Jim Ervin
Uploaded Wednesday, 9th Jun, 2021 at 10:08

AN inspired signing by Glenn Ferguson in January 2014, Ervin joined the Sky Blues after over almost a decade at Linfield and quickly became a firm favourite and a natural choice as club captain at the Showgrounds.
Ironically, then Linfield manager David Jeffrey granted the then 28-year-old a free transfer, and despite interest from Coleraine, Ervin joined his former Blues' team-mate Glenn Ferguson in January 2014 and was drafted straight into the team, making his Sky Blues' debut in the Irish Cup fifth round tie with HW Welders. Ferguson made the bold appointment to name the experienced defender as club captain, replacing Allan Jenkins with the Scot's blessing as the manager preferred a locally based leader of his team. It was eventually third time lucky for Jim in Ballymena cup finals, as he captained his side to victory over Linfield in the County Antrim Shield in January 2016, he described the win as a 'very special moment in his career'.
Jim was re-united with his former manager David Jeffrey in March 2016 and has since captained the Sky Blues through a most successful period including the first senior trophy since 1989 with the League Cup, highest league placing in 40 years and three rounds of European football. Ervin went on to play 277 appearances for the Sky Blues, almost equalling his Linfield appearances.
Manager David Jeffrey spoke after an emotional evening at the Showgrounds, "Jim Ervin, captain fantastic. One of the most dedicated, committed and diligent players that I've ever met in my life. Bryan and I had the privilege of working with him at Linfield for a time, and he was very clear when leaving there that it wasn't the end of his football career and goodness gracious me has that been proved to be the case. In our time here he's been an ever present, an absolute leader from the front.
Now he wants to continue to challenge himself and we would support him fully in that should he choose to go on and keep playing, but what we have to say is that in terms of going forward we would love to see him back at Ballymena United in some capacity in terms of coaching and player development. Having invested in his coaching education and qualifications, he is currently considering the offer to join the coaching staff here at the Showgrounds be that now or in the future.
From Bryan and myself, thank you so very much indeed for everything you have given to Ballymena United."
Jim Ervin celebrates a goal
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