Tuesday 2nd March v. Cliftonville (home) - Danske Bank Premiership - k.o: 7:45pm

Portadown Match Report
The Jeffrey Years
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TONIGHT Ballymena United marked a moment that every chairman hopes for, but not all get to experience, when a manager appointed under your tenure goes on to become the longest serving of all time alongside being one of the most successful.
Chairman John Taggart was delighted to be able to take a few moments out of the pre-season preparations to honour the occasion with David Jeffrey and Bryan McLoughlin in the presence of the players, staff team and management committee.
Jeffrey, appointed in March 2016 along with McLoughlin, surpasses Arthur Stewart as the longest serving manager in the history of the club. The current management team also hold the records of the highest win percentage, best average goals per game and best overall career goal difference of any manager in the modern era at the Showgrounds.
The 'Jeffrey Years' have seen the Sky Blues record some long sought after success with; three back to back top six finishes; our highest league finish in almost 40 years; twice qualifying for European football; winning a round in Europe for the first time in the club's history; and the first senior trophy in 30 years.
Chairman John Taggart spoke of the occasion to ballymenaunitedfc.com, 'delighted to recognise David as the longest serving manager of Ballymena United Football Club. Back in March 2016 when David was appointed we wanted him to bring success. He provided that with the league cup, our highest league finish in almost 40 years, European qualification twice and winning through a round for the first time. Whilst recognising this today I've no doubt that there'll be many more successful days ahead and we all look forward to that.'
Manager David Jeffrey was proud to take on the mantle this evening, 'This is one of the proudest nights I've had in football. I've said many times when I left Linfield that I thought management was over for me. I hadn't a desire then to be back and satisfied my interests with media work and speaking engagements which was nice as I still enjoyed football. However, I will never forget the night I was contacted by Don Stirling and asked to meet him and the chairman for talks about coming to Ballymena United. To say the least it was a shock and surprise! The story after that is well known, we met and then Bryan and I took time to consider the proposal. Around the same time my father had a fall in England and everything was put on hold, but the guidance he gave was 'go get it sorted', and there hasn't been a day, hour, minute or second that I haven't enjoyed being here. We say we only want to be where we are wanted, and where we can contribute and I'm immensely proud to be the longest serving manager at two clubs now, and here that is down to a lot of things - the effort of players, support from people around the club, and I have to mention people like the chairman John Taggart, vice chairman Don Stirling, men like Davy Blair, John Torrington, Jonny Irwin, John Murray, Matthew Armstrong and Philip Simpson who have been phenomenal in their backing. To the supporters who have been so kind and so good, thank you, we are so, so privileged.'
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