The passing of Billy Hamilton Senior

The Trustees, Officers, Committee, members, players and supporters of Ballynahinch United F.C. wish to pass on our condolences to the Hamilton family on the passing of Billy [Senior].

Billy played for United in its very early days however it will be for his administrative role in the club over its almost five decades of existence for which he will best be remembered. Achieving Intermediate status and the ownership of the Millbridge ground stand as a permanent legacy to Billy’s hard work and those who were involved with him. Billy was not just an administrator he was also only too willing to roll up his sleeves and do any task that was required at the club including marking the pitch and putting up the nets well into his eighties. Those tasks stretched back to the club’s early occupancy of Bells Bridge in Dromara and later Langley Road before moving to Millbridge in the 1980’s.

In his role of Secretary Billy represented the club at the Newcastle & District Amateur and Northern Amateur Football League’s to which he also gave great service both as an office holder, committee member and representative on football’s governing bodies the IFA and the County Antrim F.A.

To his widow Sally and sons Billy [Junior], Graham and Wilson [Chico], who have also contributed so much to United, and the wider family circle we offer our sympathy to you at this time.

A service of thanksgiving for Billy’s life took place on Monday 11th December 2017 in Ballynahinch Congregational Church with interment afterwards in the adjoining graveyard.