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2nd Greenisland B.B. the birthplace of many Greenisland players

1 week ago By David Munn

In the late 60's & early 70's the 2nd.B.B. was 'the' place to play football

2nd Greenisland BB football was run by the Captain Billy Ryan , A.K.A., 'The Major'!
Back in the day the BB pitch was directly across the road from the 'Cricket Club', on the top road.
Prior to setting up their own pitch, the BB played their football on a ground which was adjacent to where the Whitethorn development now is. This pitch was used by an Amateur League team called Greenisland, it was also used by Greenisland Primary School.
Eventually both pitches were sold individually to developers - but that's another story!!!

Back to the picture - all of the players would now be in their 60's, some of them will be retired but I'm sure the memories of those nostalgic times will be fresh in their memories as if it was yesterday............ no changing rooms as we have now, marking the pitch with limestone, clearing the pitch from 'cow debris', getting washed in a stream or if you were lucky underneath a tap, no need for goal-line technology, the ball either crossed the lined or stuck in the mud! - some kids don't know what they missed!!!

nb There are some terrific players not in this pic who were in the team, I don't know why - Perhaps they didn't attend Bible Class the previous week!!!! - one of the Major's disciplinary actions!

ps when we set up the pitch, the position of the goal posts was decided by digging a hole for the uprights and not hitting a 'spring', there were springs all over the ground, if it had been oil we would have been the richest BB Company in the world!!!

Updated 09:25 - 9 Jan 2019 by David Munn


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