Best of Ballynahinch

A selection of the best players that have played for Ballynahinch United chosen by former players, managers and fans…

Gilbert Cromie Steven Jess Scott Brashaw
Gareth Bingham Davy Teggarty Robert Creighton
Chico Hamilton Adam Herron Ross Hayes
Stuart McMullan Jim Majury Alistair Coburn
Jimmy Brown Colin Murray Alan Patterson
Ian McMullan Bryan McMullan David Kelly
Michael Mousley John Jones Gareth McMullan

Gilbert Cromie chooses…

Club Chairman Gilbert Cromie gave a quick overview of the Best XI to have played for Ballynahinch United throughout the years in his opinion.

Management

Manager: Cyril Lennon – Respected, experienced and fair to players.

Assistant: Colin Murray – Been there, done it all and respected by players. Great combination.

Goalkeeper

Bryan McMullan: One of our most consistent goalkeepers.

Defence

Chico Hamilton: Good all round skill and reading of the game – very consistent.
Davy Teggarty: A colossus of a central defender – brave, tough and a true leader.
Davy Crainey: Probably one of the best players in terms of athleticism and skill.
Robbie Shaw: Tough and determined.

Midfield

Brian McKibbin (Captain): Tireless worker who could play anywhere and a leader.
Johnny Hunter: Strong, athletic and aggressive midfielder who would have complimented this skilful midfield.
Alan Stevens: Skill and athleticism in abundance.
Scott Brashaw: Skilful, tricky and good reader of the game.

Attack

Alex Burtney: Skilful, strong and enthusiastic – regular goal scorer.
Graham Hamilton: His goal scoring average has never been bettered.

Gilbert’s Best of Ballynahinch

Steven Jess chooses…

One of our 1996/97 Bignian Cup champions, former Albion manager, a key committee member and Ballynahinch Youth Fc coach, Steven Jess selected his Best of Ballynahinch team.

Management

Manager: Cyril Lennon
Assistant: Frazier Evans

Steven Jess' Best of Ballynahinch

Goalkeeper
Bryan McMullan
Defence
Davy Crainey
Scott Brashaw
Glynn Robinson
Midfield
Greg Hall
Gary McMaster
Colin Murray (Captain)
Alan Stevens
Ian Housten
Attack
Paul Munn
Mark Herbert
.

Scott Brashaw chooses…

First Team Veteran, multiple Player’s Player of the Year award winner and Ballynahinch Youth coach, our very own Peter Pan, Scott Brashaw picked next.

Management

Manager: Cyril Lennon
Assistant: Keith Hamilton

Scott Brashaw's Best of Ballynahinch

Goalkeeper
Bryan McMullan
Defence
Greg Hall
Dalton Tate
Ross Hayes
Adam Herron
Midfield
Michael Mousley
Colin Murray (Captain)
Alan Stevens
Darren McConnell
Stuart McMullan
Attack
Gareth McMullan
.

Gareth Bingham chooses…

Swifts Player-Manager and Ballynahinch United Icon, Gareth Bingham, the Millbridge Maestro, has produced another piece of magic with this team, much like he does on the pitch. Have a look at his Best of Ballynahinch selection

Management

Manager: Cyril Lennon
Assistant: Dale Davidson

Gareth Bingham's Best of Ballynahinch

Goalkeeper
Bryan McMullan
Defence
Davy Boal
Davy Crainey
Ross Hayes
Adam Herron
Midfield
Darren McConnell
Alan Stevens
Scott Brashaw (Captain)
Attack
Michael Mousley
Stuart McMullan
Gareth McMullan
.

Davy Teggarty chooses…

Another key member of our Swifts Management team, 1976 Amateur League Division 2A Champion and Manager of our Albion side that won the 1996/97 Bignian Cup – among many other accolades – Davy Teggarty’s Best of Ballynahinch selection is up next.

Management

Manager: Cyril Lennon
Assistant: Colin Murray

Davy Teggarty's Best of Ballynahinch

Goalkeeper
Bryan McMullan
Defence
Chico Hamilton
Scott Brashaw
Ross Hayes
Adam Herron
Midfield
Brian McKibben
Davy Crainey
Alan Stevens
Sidney Stevenson (Captain)
Attack
Paul Munn
George Hayes

Subs
Campbell Allen
Graham Hamilton
Mark Herbert
.

Robert Creighton chooses…

Ballynahinch United Super Fan and Supporter of the Year, Robert Creighton travels near and far to all our games. He’s selected his favourite 11 players and management team for his Best of Ballynahinch squad.

Management

Manager: Cyril Lennon
Assistant: John Jones
Best Captain: Scott Brashaw

Robert Creighton's Best of Ballynahinch

Alan Blackwood
Alistair Coburn
Bryan McMullan
Jason Scott
Dalton Tate
Ross Hayes
Alan Dickson
Kevin Kew
Francie Smith
Scott McKibben
Johnny Stevenson
.

Chico Hamilton chooses…

Club Legend and 1989 Border Cup Winner with the club, Chico Hamilton chose his Best of Ballynahinch team. After many years involved with the club, Chico has seen it all, so it’s a huge compliment for anyone in this squad.

Management

Manager: Cyril Lennon
Assistant: Brian McKibben

Chico's Best of Ballynahinch

Goalkeeper
Bryan McMullan
Defence
Bobby Murray
Davy Teggarty (Captain)
Scott Brashaw
Robbie Shaw
Midfield
Lawrence Lurring
Davy Crainey
Nigel Patterson
Andy Cross
Attack
Graham Hamilton
George Hayes
.

Adam Herron chooses…

Adam ‘The Reducer’ Herron, renowned for his scissor tackles and a member of our 1997 Clarence Cup Champions, tackled our Best of Ballynahinch question. Even with a sub, he left out some big names, but who?

Management

Manager: Noel Dean
Assistant: Cyril Lennon

Adam Herron's Best of Ballynahinch

Goalkeeper
Bryan McMullan
Defence
Keith Hamilton
Scott Brashaw
Davy Crainey
Colin Murray (Captain)
Midfield
Ian Housten
Noel Dean
Alan Stevens
Gary McMaster
Attack
Paul Munn
Mark Herbert

Subs
Gareth Bingham
.

Ross Hayes chooses…

Club Stalwart and defensive wall, cut him open and he’ll bleed blue, Ross Hayes named his Best of Ballynahinch squad, but made a late change quoting his hero ‘In the words of Roy Keane, “He’s been in the trenches” with me all my Ballynahinch career’, so who made the cut?

Management

Manager: Cyril Lennon
Assistant: Norman McCullough

Ross Hayes' Best of Ballynahinch

Goalkeeper
Bryan McMullan
Defence
Greg Hall
Scott Brashaw
Adam Herron
Midfield
Michael Mousley
Stuart McMullan
Colin Murray (Captain)
Alan Stevens
Darren McConnell
Attack
Michael Jones
Mark Herbert
.

Stuart McMullan chooses…

With nearly 20 years at the club – and still going – a mainstay in the first team with a host of personal accolades to his name, former Ginger Winger turned Ginger Whinger, Stuart McMullan has selected his Best of Ballynahinch squad.

Management

Manager: Cyril Lennon
Assistant: Norman McCullough

Stuart McMullan's Best of Ballynahinch

Goalkeeper
Bryan McMullan
Defence
Ross Hayes
Scott Brashaw
Dalton Tate
Midfield
Greg Hall
Adam Herron
Colin Murray (Captain)
Alan Stevens
David Kelly
Darren McConnell
Attack
Gareth McMullan
.

Jim Majury chooses…

Ballynahinch Youth and Ballynahinch Ladies Co-Founder, Jim Majury, the former moustached Millbridge midfield general, well-known for his club debut wining hat-trick and his hard tackle has got stuck into our Best of Ballynahinch Challenge. With over 20 years involved with the club, Jim has a lot to choose from including his own son but did he make the cut?

Management

Manager: Cyril Lennon
Assistant: Colin Murray

Jim Majury's Best of Ballynahinch

Goalkeeper
Bryan McMullan
Defence
Chico Hamilton
Davy Teggarty (Captain)
Scott Brashaw
Robbie Shaw
Midfield
Stephen Hanna
Brian McKibben
Davy Crainey
Alan Stevens
Attack
Graham Hamilton
Kenny McCracken
.

Alistair Coburn chooses…

Our teenage Bignian Cup Winning Goalkeeper in 1997, a United man with multiple spells at the club and a career spanning three decades, it’s local journeyman Alistair Coburn’s Best of Ballynahinch selection.

Management

Manager: Cyril Lennon
Assistant: Paul Hanna

Alistair Coburn's Best of Ballynahinch

Goalkeeper
Bryan McMullan
Defence
Davy Teggarty
Davy Crainey
Ross Hayes
Midfield
Glynn Robinson
Adam Herron
Scott Brashaw
Colin Murray (Captain)
Alan Stevens
Attack
Gary Hunter
Mark Herbert
.

Jimmy Brown chooses…

Club Favourite and 2012 Sports Volunteer of the Year, our Groundsman, Jimmy Brown has seen many players strut their stuff on his perfectly manicured Millbridge pitch, but who’s made his Best of Ballynahinch?

Management

Manager: Cyril Lennon
Assistant: Colin Murray

Jimmy Brown's Best of Ballynahinch

Goalkeeper
Davy Welshman
Defence
Chico Hamilton
Alan Brown (Captain)
Ross Hayes
Stuart McMullan
Midfield
Brian McKibben
Davy Crainey
Noel Dean
Brian Steenson
Attack
Paul Munn
Mark Herbert
.

Colin Murray chooses…

Former United player and manager who guided the club to a prestigious Irish Cup 5th Round tie vs Coleraine FC at The Showgrounds in 2013, Colin Murray, the left footed wizard and managerial mastermind selects his Best of Ballynahinch.

Management

Manager: Cyril Lennon
Assistant: John Jones

Colin Murray's Best of Ballynahinch

Goalkeeper
Bryan McMullan
Defence
Alan Patterson
Scott Brashaw (Captain)
Ross Hayes
Midfield
Greg Hall
Adam Herron
Michael Mousley
Alan Stevens
Stuart McMullan
Darren McConnell
Attack
Ian McMullan
.

Alan Patterson chooses…

United’s Lionheart, a tenacious and determined defender but an equally robust and enthusiastic midfielder with a stint in attack, a versatile player with experience of playing last sub or, more likely, waterboy across the water, Alan Patterson, a proud winner of the Most Improved Player of the Year award has selected his Best of Ballynahinch squad.

Management

Manager: Colin Murray
Assistant: Keith Hamilton

Alan Patterson's Best of Ballynahinch

Goalkeeper
Bryan McMullan
Defence
Mark Murray
Scott Brashaw (Captain)
Ross Hayes
Midfield
Michael Mousley
Adam Herron
Alan Stevens
Ian Boal
Michael Jones
Attack
Gareth McMullan
Matthew Shaw
.

Ian McMullan chooses…

Unpredictable and hard-working forward, United’s front-man for multiple years and ongoing, with many accolades to boast, Ian McMullan’s Best of Ballynahinch is up next.

Management

Manager: Colin Murray
Assistant: Keith Hamilton

Ian McMullan's Best of Ballynahinch

Goalkeeper
Bryan McMullan
Defence
Mark Murray
Scott Brashaw (Captain)
Ross Hayes
Midfield
David Kelly
Alex Burtney
Ben Wilson
Alan Stevens
Darren McConnell
Attack
Gareth McMullan
Matthew Shaw
.

Bryan McMullan chooses…

Safe Hands between the Millbridge sticks, Swifts Reserve League A Champion in 2006 and despite being a goalkeeper, he rose to head home and take the game vs Comber Rec in the Irish Cup into extra time in 2011, and then saved a crucial penalty to help send the club into the next round, it’s Bryan McMullan’s Best of Ballynahinch.

Management

Manager: Colin Murray
Assistant: Keith Hamilton

Goalkeeper
Alistair Coburn
Defence
Dalton Tate
Greg Hall
Ross Hayes
Adam Herron
Midfield
Darren McConnell
Scott Brashaw (Captain)
Alan Stevens
Attack
Jonny Hunter
Gareth McMullan
Gary Hunter
.

David Kelly chooses…

Industrious and creative midfielder with an eye for a flick, a knack for a trick and often receiving a yellow for a kick, David Kelly, an integral cog of may United teams has chosen his Best of Ballynahinch team.

Management

Manager: Cyril Lennon
Assistant: Keith Hamilton

David Kelly's Best of Ballynahinch

Goalkeeper
Bryan McMullan
Defence
Paul Dickson
Scott Brashaw
Ross Hayes
Midfield
Greg Hall
Stuart McMullan
Alan Stevens
Colin Murray (Captain)
Darren McConnell
Attack
Michael Jones
Gareth McMullan
.

Michael Mousley chooses…

Midfield maestro who stomped around The Millbridge for many years and has featured in a number of our Best of Ballynahinch team selections so far, Michael Mousley, the man who’s second touch was always a tackle, has choosen his own squad.

Management

Manager: Colin Murray
Assistant: John Jones

Michael Mousley's Best of Ballynahinch

Goalkeeper
Bryan McMullan
Defence
Greg Hall
Scott Brashaw
Ross Hayes
Midfield
Darren McConnell
Adam Herron
Colin Murray (Captain)
Alan Stevens
Gary McMaster
Michael Jones
Attack
Gareth McMullan
.

John Jones chooses…

Former United player and part of three highly-respected, successful management teams that led us to successive high finishes in NAFL Division 1B, John Jones, a well-known character in the United dressing room has chosen his Best of Ballynahinch, his best fan and added some subs into the mix.

Management

Manager: Cyril Lennon
Assistant: Colin Murray
Best Supporter: Robert Creighton

John Jones's Best of Ballynahinch

Goalkeeper
Bryan McMullan
Defence
Greg Hall
Ross Hayes
Scott Brashaw (Captain)
Adam Herron
Midfield
Colin Murray
Michael Mousley
Alan Stevens
Darren McConnell
Attack
Ian McMullan
Gareth McMullan
.
Subs
Ian Boal
Davy Boal
Stuart McMullan

Gareth McMullan chooses…

Part of the team that won the Swifts Newcastle and District Reserve League A in 2006 and a prolific, pacy goalscorer for the club, winning top goalscorer multiple times, Gareth McMullan has picked out his Best of Ballynahinch squad.

Management

Manager: Cyril Lennon
Assistant: Colin Murray

Gareth McMullan's Best of Ballynahinch

Goalkeeper
Bryan McMullan
Defence
Greg Hall
Ross Hayes
Scott Brashaw (Captain)
Adam Herron
Midfield
Colin Murray
Alan Stevens
David Kelly
Darren McConnell
Stuart McMullan
Attack
Ian McMullan
.