13 April 2009

Harry McCormick

Name: Henry McCormick
Born: 10 January 1924, Coleraine
Position: Outside-Left

Representative Honours: Irish League: 3 Caps (1949-1954).
Club Honours: (with Coleraine) Irish Cup Runner-Up 1952/53; City Cup Winner 1953/54.

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Others
Coleraine
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-
-
-
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Derby County
46/47-47/48
Oct-46
£1,000
7/  0
-
-
Everton
48/49
Jul-48
£10,000
4/  0
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Coleraine
49/50-55/56
Sep-49
-
*429/105
*
*
TOTALS
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£11,000
440/105
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* All competitions, both spells.

Biography:
Best known as a small and nippy-winger with a fair few tricks up his sleeve, Harry McCormick graced the football field in every position, including goalkeeper!

Signed by hometown-club Coleraine as a teenager, McCormick made his debut for the Bannsiders against Distillery in September 1946 as they returned to senior football after World War Two. Within a few months he moved to English First Division side Derby County. He made just seven competitive appearances for the Rams, plus another in a friendly. Coleraine were forced to appeal to the International Board to receive their £1,000 fee.

In July 1948 McCormick moved to Everton in a £10,000 deal. He made his Toffees debut in a 5-0 defeat at home to Portsmouth in September 1948 as stand-in for Tommy Eglington. After just four appearances in a season at Goodison McCormick returned to Coleraine. Back at the Showgrounds he attained legendary status, appearing three times for the Irish League, appearing in the Irish Cup and claiming a City Cup winner's medal.

Such was his regard within the game, McCormick's 1956 testimonial featured the likes of John Charles and Harry Gregg. He served as a director of Coleraine and on the Sports Advisory Council. The Harry McCormick Bursary is now awarded annually to rising young sportspersons.

Irish League Appearance Details:
07-09-1949 Scottish League.. A L 1-8
26-11-1953 Western Command.. H W 2-0
19-04-1954 League of Ireland H D 0-0

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