Ballyclare Comrades is a club in the NIFL Championship 1. This is the second level of Northern Ireland club football, one rung below the NIFL Premiership. The club is based in Ballyclare, a small but growing market town in the south-east of County Antrim, about 15 miles from Belfast.
The team plays in a kit of red shirts with white trim, red shorts and red socks. The kit is manufactured by Adidas. Our shirt sponsor is Reid Black & Co. Solicitors.
Ballyclare Comrades play at Dixon Park, in the centre of the town, beside the Comrades Social Club. Dixon Park has a capacity of 3,000, with the main seated stand at one side adjacent to a smaller seated stand where the changing rooms and club offices are sited. There are covered standing areas behind each goal, as well as seating behind one goal. There is a further standing area opposite the main stand.
The club is run by a committee, which is elected on a yearly basis by the season ticket holders. Therefore, it is one of the few truly democratic football clubs in existence today. There has recently been formed a Supporters Club, which has a growing enthusiastic membership who are passionate about the Comrades, and who are setting about fund raising activities to help the club financially.
Address: Ballyclare Comrades F.C., Dixon Park, Harrier Way, Ballyclare, Co.Antrim, Northern Ireland, BT39 9BB.
The club's crest consists of three elements: 1. The club's name 2. A shield based on the town's crest (this has; a plant, which represents the fertile farming land around the town which has been cultivated for many generations; a waterwheel, which represents the industry which sprung up in the area in the 19th century; and water, which represents the Six Mile River, which rises in the hills a few miles north-east of the town and flows through it on its way to Lough Neagh 3. A Latin motto meaning "Nothing except your best".