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How Ballymoney RFC's community spirit battled financial emergency and plotted a path back to the pitch


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Changed times: Ballymoney (in blue) in pre-lockdown game against Larne

Changed times: Ballymoney (in blue) in pre-lockdown game against Larne

Signage that has been erected at their ground to help combat coronavirus

Signage that has been erected at their ground to help combat coronavirus

Star name: Stewart Moore came through at Ballymoney

Star name: Stewart Moore came through at Ballymoney

Club stalwart: John Waide is Ballymoney president

Club stalwart: John Waide is Ballymoney president

Changed times: Ballymoney (in blue) in pre-lockdown game against Larne

Do something week after week, year after year, decade after decade and it's easy to allow yourself to take it for granted.

After a scarcely believable 776 games in Ballymoney colours, a heart attack weeks before his club's McCambley Cup triumph three years ago taught John Waide that even life's seeming constants are never guaranteed.

Now club president, these past months have taught many similarly dedicated club stalwarts the same harsh lesson.