Barry Chambers (CricketEurope)
Muckamore have rewarded the outstanding service and contribution of John McCormick by naming one end of their ground in his honour.
McCormick was a fixture in the Moylena side for an incredible sixty years, before hip surgery forced him to retire.
He was an integral part of the successful golden decade between 1962 and 72, when they played in four NCU Senior Challenge Cup finals, winning one.
They also shared the Premier League title in 1970 with Waringstown, mainly due to the all-round contribution and astute captaincy of McCormick, whose 15,000 runs aggregate is a club record.
The wicket-keeper batsman also gained interprovincial recognition with Ulster Country.
While his on-field statistics and influence are impressive, it was arguably his beyond the boundary work that has had even more of an impact on the progressive NCU club.
"I'm chuffed beyond words," McCormick told CricketEurope.
"I had no expectation of this, and am hugely honoured and humbled by the recognition.
"It's been a labour of love for 70 years. I have been here since I was an eight year-old and have loved every single moment of that time," said the 78 year-old who spoke to us as he was giving the changing rooms a fresh coat of paint.
A skilled and highly motivating administrator, he has filled a wide variety of roles, including Chairman, President and Grounds Convenor.
He has been a driving force behind the transformation of Moylena into one of the country’s most impressive grounds boasting wonderful facilities.
John’s fundraising efforts have been a crucial element of these improvements, employing a wide variety of money-making schemes that have been invested so wisely into the venue.
His efforts were also recognized by the Union who presented him with the Jim McMorran NCU Services to Cricket Award in 2015.
“I think I speak for all the players who played with and under John that he inspired us all,” said Club President Ivor McMeekin.
“Among his peers are many great club men in their own right but we all recognise him as ‘Mr Muckamore’. John has a passion for the club that may never be matched, one that today’s transient players will never understand.
"He is the definition of a true club man and richly deserves this honour that the club are bestowing upon him.”
The club plan to have a special day in his honour once Covid restrictions ease, where they can truly paid tribute to a remarkable servant.