50 Faces to Celebrate North Down's Sesquicentenary

14 February 2007

This year North Down CC joins Lisburn and Waringstown as the third oldest surviving NCU club in celebration of its 150th Birthday.

50 Faces to Celebrate North Down's Sesquicentenary

What a memorable achievement, not just to arrive at such a notable milestone, but to do it with a litany of unparalled success on and off the field and with a membership that has embraced society at home and across the world.

It would be a difficult task to list the contribution of every member over those 150 years but in memory of them all here are fifty faces that have brought honourto the club

JOHN ANDREWS, owner of the Andrew Mill in the 1880s, High Sheriff of County Down and one of the founding fathers of NCU cricket

DAH MILLING, only 14 years old when he made his senior cup final debut in 1887 and later to play for Ireland

OSCAR ANDREWS, double cricket and hockey international and without doubt the best player of his era in Ulster cricket

Willie AndrewsTHOMAS ANDREWS, designer of the Titanic who gave his life so heroically on that fateful voyage in 1912

WT 'TOMMY' GRAHAM, Irish Hockey and NCU president, long-serving NCU secretary and one of sport’s most dedicated administrators in the early 1900s

WILLIE ANDREWS, without doubt the greatest character in the history of Irish cricket, twice ICU president, NCU chairman for 18 years, club captain for 39 seasons, played in 20 NCU cup finals and once for Ireland in 1928

EDMUND DE WIND, who fell in the Great War in 1918 and who was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously

James MacdonaldJAMES MACDONALD, arguably the club’s finest player, capped by Ireland at both cricket and hockey, Lieut. Colonel in the Royal Artillery, MBE, ICU president, chairman of the Sports Council, and headmaster at Regent House Grammar School

WILLIE TURNER, the brilliant North Down and Ulster bowler who dominated cricket in the 1890s, described by Jimmy Picken as the 'best bowler in Ireland' in his time

TJ 'TOM' MACDONALD, overshadowed by his distinguished brother but a fine cricket international and distinguished all round sportsman

JAMES ANDREWS, later to become Lord Justice Andrews, ICU and NCU president and with brother Willie, the architect of re-writing the NCU rulebook in the 1920s

ALBERT ANDERSON, capped once by Ireland in 1926

DC LINDSAY, ICU and NCU president in the 1930s

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