Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Cregagh Cricket Club Roll of Honour

Cregagh CC was formed in 1906, however, the club became members of the NCU in 1920 for the first time in our history.  Following the conclusion of the 1st World War the remaining members took it upon themselves to establish Cregagh CC within the NCU, to purchase the land that we played Cricket on and to erect a memorial to our fallen members.

On the 30th June 1923 a reception was held at the ground to acknowledge that the club had achieved its goals, the secretary at the time Mr. Mitchell made the following speech which was taken from the mintue book.

I dont think I need to add to this;

Ladies and Gentlemen, you are met here today to open and dedicate these gates and ground to those members who by their service and sacrifice have made the war records of this club one of which you may feel instantly proud.

It will not be necessary for me to recount in detail the engagement in which they took part nor the gallant manner in which they acquitted themselves but lest they and their deeds are allowed to pass into partial forgetfulness.  I will briefly recall the part in which they played during the strenuous years of the war.

Thirty members of the club joined the fighting forces.  This represented almost fifty percent of the total membership.  Seventy five percent of the available number for service.  In common with organisations whose numbers responded so nobly we lost some of our finest members.  Of the thirty, eight made the supreme sacrifice, their names are as follows;

C. Ervine, W. McKeown, J. Lowry, J. Mayberry, G. Whitely, E. Hamilton, J. C. Grant, R. McDowell.

Men of their type are not given to any club or community in profusion and it is because of this that the grounds where we knew them best and loved them most have been purchased as memorial to their memory.

They along with others served in the various theatres of war and in addition to the various decorations the following distinctions were awarded, two military cross, five military medals and two military honours.

It speaks volumes for the esteem in which they were held when I say that within nine months from the inception of the scheme to buy the ground the sum of £800 was raised by the voluntary subscriptions, the aid of a sale of work this made it possible to purchase the existing holding and an adjoining field for a sum of £500 to lay aside £120 for the memorial gates which are now completed.  Since then various improvement schemes have been affected.  It is hoped by the aid of increased membership to still further enhance the value of the memorial.  It is true that even when we have the grounds in keeping with the lush we know we will have discharged but a small portion of the debt under which they have paid to us, but in addition to this we can ensure that the activities that carried on in these fields of sport are of such a nature that our conduct in them be a reflection of their more noble deeds on a sterner field of service.

If we succeed in this and I believe we will, not so much because we can but because we must, then indeed will there be a memorial to their memory this ground will be worthy of the name which you have seen fit to give, the Cregagh Memorial Recreation Ground.

The Cregagh Cricket Club Roll of honour;

F Ballantine        

G Barr  

W Barr                 

W Carmichael

V Donaldson

E Ervine

A G Ervine

F Porter

John Gowdy

Joe Gowdy

A Gallagher

J C Grant

J Hamilton

E Hamilton

W Jeffrey

W Keown

J Lowry

G Mitchell

D Mitchell

R McClonnell

J Mayberry

R McDowell

J McDowell

H Noble

L Nichol

R Whitley

G Whitley

W McKeown

H Steenson

C Ervine

Thursday, 6 November 2014


On 28th October the Cricket section held its Annual General Meeting.

Once we had secured extra seating to meet the demands of the hoardes of members that turned up on the evening, Philip Thompson the current chairman got us underway.

The office bearers for the 2015 season are as follows;

Chairman           Philip Thompson
Vice Chairman   Thompson Dawson
Secretary            Philip Walker
Treasurer            Philip Walker
1st XI Captain    Graeme Hassard
2nd XI Captain   Sam Grant
3rd XI Captain    Neil Pinkerton

Ground Covenor  Stuart Catterson
Youth Chairman  Graham Watt
Director of Youth Academy  David McCormick
Youth Fixture Secretary  Bobby Fleetham
Youth Secretary   Laura Watt

Our Executive representatives for the year will be Stuart Catterson, Robert Moore and DAVID MCCORMICK!!! (I will now give you a few minutes to pick your jaw up off the floor)

A special note should be made in respect of Philip Walker.  Philip has been an executive rep for as long as I can remember and during that time has been the President of the Sports Club on 2 occasions.  Philip is now standing for election to be the Treasurer of the Sports Club as his Father and fellow Cricket Member Richard Walker is set to step down as club treasurer.

I will have a special article on Richard later but for now we would like to thank Philip for his work as the Executive Rep on behalf of the Cricket Section and wish him luck in his new role (subject to his nomination being accepted at the club AGM of course).

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

NCU Development Squads

The NCU development squad training sessions have begun and its great to see Matthew Fleetham and Sarthak Kareer taking part in the Under 15 sessions


At Under 13 level our current under 13 captain and player of the year Andrew Nelson represents Cregagh CC


Well done lads and keep up the good work