15 November 2007

Paddy Corr

Name: Patrick Malachy Corr
Born: 31 March 1927, Enniskillen
Died: 28 January 2017, Ballymena
Height: 5.08 ft
Weight: 10.10 st
Position: Half-Back

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 1 'B' Cap (1957), 2 Amateur Caps (1951); Irish League: 13 Caps / 2 Goals (1950-1958).
Club Honours: (with Glenavon) Irish League Champion 1956/57; Irish Cup Winner 1956/57, Runner-Up 1954/55.

Club Career:

Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Europe
Other
Seven Towers United
-
-
-
-
-
-
Ballymena U.
48/49-49/50
-49
Amateur
*51/10
-
-
-
Coleraine
50/51-51/52
-50
Amateur
-/ 1
-
-
-/9
Burnley
51/52
Oct-51
-
1/ 0
-
-
-
Glenavon
-
May-53
-
-
-
2/0
-
TOTALS
-
£-
-
-
2/0
-
* all games

Biography:
Born in Enniskillen, much of Paddy Corr's life revolved around Ballymena. He was playing for Seven Towers United when picked-up by Ballymena United in early-1949. He quickly established himself in the starting eleven, scoring six goals in 12 games in his first season. The following season he was a fixture at inside-forward, but the goals largely dried up and he was left out for the Ulster Cup final against Larne in April 1950.

Corr moved on to Coleraine were he established himself in the half-back line. So impressive were his performances that by the end of the 1950/51 season he was selected for Ireland Amateurs for the visit of Scotland. He retained his place in the Irish side, captaining them as a touring Gold Coast side were defeated early in the following campaign.

In October 1951 Corr was signed by Burnley. He had to wait until the following April for his Football League debut, but it was an inauspicious occasion as the Clarets lost 6-1 at Manchester United. He never played another firstteam match while at Turf Moor and returned home in 1953 to join Glenavon.

Corr quickly refound his form, developing into a strong-forceful half-back and a regular in the Irish League representative side, but also a brilliant ball player with an attacking ethos. He was part of the Glenavon side that claimed Irish League, Irish Cup and Gold Cup in 1956/57.

He was a late inclusion in the Northern Ireland 'B' side that faced Rumania in October 1957 following the withdrawal of Southampton's Bobby McLaughlin. He had little to do in the match as the Irish won 6-0, and was considered for the 1958 World Cup Finals squad.


Corr's other sporting interests included boxing and he took an active role as a trainer at the All Saints Amateur Boxing Club in Ballymena for many years. He passed away in the town in January 2017 at the age of 89.

Ballymena United

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Northern Ireland B Cap Details:
23-10-1957 Rumania H W 6-0

Summary: 1/0. Won 1, Drew 0, Lost 0.

Northern Ireland Amateur Cap Details:
19-05-1951 Scotland.. H L 0-1
15-08-1951 Gold Coast H W 5-2

Summary: 2/0. Won 1, Drew 0, Lost 1.

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