Roy Torrens is no stranger to sporting highlights after over 50 years at the forefront of cricket and football - on and off the field.

As a fast bowler he won 30 caps for Ireland and behind the scenes he managed the team to the final stages of six World Cups around the world.

As a centre half he captained the Irish youth side, played for Amateur Ireland and reached the Irish Cup Final with Ballymena United.

And as a coach he helped the Institute club rise through the ranks. Yet as the 71 year old Londonderry man reflects on his countless experiences, few will have given him more pleasure than the outcome of the past weekend of bizarre cricket results.

First came disaster on Saturday: defeat of his beloved Brigade club at their Beechgrove home to nearest league contenders Eglinton. But on Sunday it was all smiles when Eglinton lost to bottom of the league Glendermott - and that meant Brigade were league champions with two matches still to go.

More significantly, it brought the North West league and cup double to the Beechgrove for the first time in 46 years. And for Torrens it was also a remarkable personal double.

He was a leading member of that league and cup winning side of 1973: today he is chairman of the club.

He says: “Andy Britton and his team have done the club proud. Although we lost on Saturday it was our only defeat and we took the title with two games left in the locker. And they took the cup for the second year running. I can only thank them for giving me one of my most treasured sporting memories.”

Torrens became chairman of Brigade after he retired as the Ireland manager in 2015 and, as in everything else, he has put his shoulder to the wheel. He and his committee - with a little bit of help from wife Joan - have improved ground and pavilion facilities and made Beechgrove part of the social scene on the city’s Waterside.

Torrens’ contacts have also helped to put the club on a firmer financial footing. This year Robinson Services, Northern Ireland’s biggest industrial cleaning, hygiene and security company, became the club’s main sponsor thanks to its managing director and cricket enthusiast, David Robinson.

“The sponsorship has allowed us to develop youth teams for both boys and girls, particularly at Under 13 level and that can only be good for the future”, he says.

Torrens’ enthusiasm for and intimate knowledge of the game has also had an effect on the team’s success. But he is quick to point to a team effort on and off the field and reserves special praise for one of the legendary figures of Brigade: Bertie Faulkner who for decade after decade has been a backbone of the club.

“I really don’t know what the club would do without Bertie”, says Torrens.

“He has put so much into every aspect of the club for more years than anyone can remember. It’s remarkable that he continues to be responsible for the condition of the pitch and outfield.”

Both Torrens and Faulkner have more than a passion for Brigade in common. Both were awarded the OBE for their voluntary services.