31 August 2007
Name: Joseph McNinch
Representative Honours: Ireland: 3 Full Caps (1931); Irish League: 3 Caps (1931-1934).
Club Honours: (with Ballymena) Irish Cup Winner 1928/29, Runner-Up 1929/30, 1930/31.
Ballymena ...... Jun-28
Ballymena United Jul-34
Ballymena’s most capped player with three appearances for Ireland, Joe "Jock" McNinch also played in three consecutive Irish Cup finals, including the 1929 2-1 win over Belfast Celtic. The following two finals were both played against Linfield, resulting in 4-3 and 3-0 defeats.
At the pinnacle of his career McNinch found himself with a Ballymena club in a state of major flux. During the 1933/34 season Ballymena were suspended by the Irish League for refusal to submit their financial records for inspection. For the 1934/35 campaign a “new” club arrived on the Irish League scene, Ballymena United. The new club actually featured much the same players and officials of the by then wound-up Ballymena, who essentially merged with Ballymena Crusaders.
McNinch was one of the many players who remained at the Showgrounds, and early in the 1934/35 season played his third inter-league match, a 6-1 defeat by the Football League at the Oval. He had previously played in a 4-0 defeat by the Football League and a 3-2 win over the Scottish League in 1931.
21-02-1931 Scotland H D 0-0 BC
19-09-1931 Scotland A L 1-3 BC
05-12-1931 Wales... H W 4-0 BC
Summary: 3/0. Won 1, Drew 1, Lost 1.