The ashes of Noel Cantwell, one of Cork and Ireland's greatest sportsmen, are to be scattered on the cricket pitch at the famous Mardyke ground today (Friday).

Born Noel Euchuria Cornelius Cantwell in 1932, the famous all-rounder died in 2005 at the age of 73.

He was best known for his ability on the soccer field, signing for West Ham in 1952 for the princely sum of 150. He went on to captain the side to the old second division title in 1958 earning them promotion to the top flight.

He joined Manchester United in 1960 for a then record fee for a full-back of 29,500 and was a regular in the team that was still in a transitional phase after the Munich Air disaster of 1958.

His finest moment came in 1963 when he lifted the FA Cup as United beat favourites Leicester City 3-1 at Wembley.

He played 36 times for the Republic of Ireland between 1953 and 1967 scoring 14 goals.

Following his retirement he managed Coventry City and Peterborough United, as well as two spells in America with the aptly named New England Tea Men.

While his cricket appearances were limited due to his soccer commitments, he played five times between 1956 and 1958.

He recently had a walkway named after him in his native Cork near The Mardyke, at which former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane attended.

Councillor Mick Finn told the Irish Examiner this week: Its fantastic that a Cork son will finally be returning home for the last time, said Mr Finn.

It was fitting to name the walkway after somebody with such achievements and it was fitting that Roy Keane was there on that day because Noel Cantwell was the Roy Keane of his day.

You can read more on this story here: http://www.corkcountycricketclub.com/2018/04/12/ashes-of-former-cork-county-man-utd-player-noel-cantwell-to-be-scattered-on-the-mardyke/

His cricketing profile by Edward Liddle is also available on the website in the statszone:

 http://www.cricketeurope.com/CEIRELAND/ZONESTATISTICS/IrelandAll.html