Pitch named in Billy’s memory

Current senior players and manager at Ballycastle United
Current senior players and manager at Ballycastle United

Saturday 7th November saw the official renaming of Quay Road playing fields in Ballycastle as the Billy Watson pitch.

Billy was an integral figure in the development of soccer in Ballycastle.

He was involved with Ballycastle football as a player, manager, mentor and chairman over a period of three decades.

His lasting legacy includes the development of Ballycastle Academy to encourage young footballers.

At present the Academy is thriving with teams ranging from under 8’s to under 17’s.

As chairman Billy presided over the cup and league winning team of 2013. Originally from Scotland Billy became well respected by the people of Ballycastle and the renaming of the pitch using a quote in his native Gaelic is a fitting tribute to one of sport’s true gentlemen.

The Watson family

The Watson family

It is an appropriate legacy that his name will be remembered by all teams playing on the pitch.

Ballycastle United and Academy would like to thank Causeway Coast and Glens Council for enabling the renaming and the council staff for assisting in the preparation and unveiling.