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Paddy Corr Tribute
Uploaded Friday, 3rd Feb, 2017 at 18:43

ONE of Ballymena United's oldest surviving players passed away earlier this week at the age of 89.
Paddy Corr
Patrick (Paddy) Corr was born in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, in March 1927 but began his football career in Ballymena post-World War Two with local junior team Seven Towers United. In early 1949, then Ballymena United manager Bob McKay drafted the 22-year-old forward into his team.
Paddy didn't disappoint as it took only ten minutes of his debut for him to score his first senior goal, the opener in a thrilling 7-5 win against Distillery at the Showgrounds. His performance cemented his place in the side for the remainder of the season, scoring 6 goals in 12 appearances during the second half of the 1948/49 campaign.
The goals were not as forthcoming during a difficult second season under new player-manager Billy McMillan at inside-forward as Paddy scored only four goals in 39 games and was left out of the club's first Ulster Cup final against Larne in April 1950. This spelled the end of Corr's allegiance with his local club, after 51 games and 10 goals.
Corr moved up the road to Coleraine for an impressive season before making a breakthrough move to English club Burnley in October 1951. With only one first team appearance in almost two seasons at Turf Moor, he returned to Ulster and joined Glenavon.
It was at the Lurgan Blues, that Paddy began to shine, winning the Irish League and Irish Cup double in the 1956/57 season and a prestigious 'B' International cap for Northern Ireland against Romania, he was also closely considered for the full International squad for the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden.
Requiem Mass was held this morning (Friday 3rd February) at All Saints Church and was followed by cremation in Roselawn Crematorium, Belfast.
Ballymena United would like to send their sincere condolences to the Corr family at this time.