- Portrush Hockey Club
Portrush Hockey Club is a hockey club affiliated to the Ulster Branch of the
Irish Hockey Associationbased in Portrush, County Antrim. The club currently plays in Section 2 of the Ulster Senior League.
The club was founded on 29 September 1909 at a meeting held in the Osborne Hotel, Portrush. The Club initially joined and played in the North West Hockey League.
The first home ground from 1911-35 was at Metropole, moving to Randal Park from 1935-48. After 1948 the club found a permanent home at Seaview Park.
The advent of artificial turf pitches has necessitated playing home fixtures away from Portrush. Currently the club uses Ballycastle High School and the Joey Dunlop Centre, Ballymoney. The club's junior teams still play at Seaview Park.
1920s and 1930s
World War IPortrush achieved success in 1922 by winning the Braddell Shield. A win in the Intermediate Cup was gained the following year.
The North-West Senior Cup was won in 1924, 1927 and 1928.
Portrush won their first Major trophy when the Irish Junior Cup was secured in 1932. [Belfast Newsletter 04/04/1932 Page 3] This team featured Fred Daly, who went on to become the Open Golf champion in 1947. [Northern Whig 04/03/1954 Page 6]
1940s to 1970s
Portrush won the Irish Junior Cup for the second time in 1943, a feat that was repeated in 1946.
Senior status was granted in 1947, and was marked by the club winning the
Kirk Cupand the Ulster Section of the Irish Senior Cup.
The Anderson Cup was won for the first time in the 1949-50 season. [Northern Whig 28/12/1949 Page 4]
The following year, 1964-65, was the club's most successful year. Portrush won the Anderson Cup for the third time and they also beat Banbridge in the Kirk Cup Final. In addition, the Final of the Irish Senior Cup was reached for the only time in Club history. After a 1-1 draw in
Belfast, Portrush lost after extra time to Dublin YMCA in the replay. [Ireland's Saturday Night 17/04/1965 Page 2; 24/04/1965 Page 14]
Kirk Cupsuccess in 1969-70 was the last time that Portrush would win a Senior trophy.
1970s to present day
The closure of Busmills Grammar School in 1975, meant that Portrush no longer had a feeder school. A long decline eventually led to the loss of Senior status in 1988.
Senior status was obtained again for three years from 1993-94 until 1995-96 and for two years in 1999-00 and 2000-01.
* Irish Junior Cup
** 1931-32, 1942-43, 1945-46.
* Ulster Senior League
** 1948-49, 1964-65, 1969-70.
* Anderson Cup
** 1949-50, 1962-63, 1964-65.
* James McVicker was capped for Ireland against Wales in 1914.
* Don Minihan
* Ronnie McManus
* Jimmy Shanks
* [http://www.portrushhockey.com Portrush Hockey Club]
* [http://www.ulsterhockey.com Ulster Branch of Irish Hockey Association]
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