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Old Fixture Cards

These old fixture cards refer to the 1890s with the exception of the open one to the left.  This is the 1912 card  and the first two matches have been marked out indicating that these games were called off as a show of respect for the sinking of the Titanic when Thomas Andrews Jnr, a North Down player and the designer of the vessel went down with the ship .

 

Sam Turner

Sam Turner was something special. Below is an account of a presentation made to the club in 1936 by his son and daughter.  The picture and badges were carefully restored and hang at the top of our stairs.  

Presentation to North Down Cricket Club

During the progress of the North Down innings against Ulster on Saturday, Mr S Turner (son of the late Mr Samuel Turner, formerly of Comber), handed over to Mr William Andrews, for the North Down Cricket Club Pavilion, a photograph of his late father, surrounded by the seven Northern Cricket Union badges he had received as a member of the North Down team which won the Senior Challenge Cup in 1887, 1888 and 1890 to 1894 inclusive.

In making the presentation, Mr Turner said his father never considered he had won these badges, and always referred to them as having been won by the team.  While his family much treasured the photograph and badges, they felt that under the circumstances these should be offered to the Club.  He was pleased that the old Club continued to be very successful, and that they had won the Senior Cup again this season.

Mr William Andrews, in replying, said the committee accepted the gift with much pleasure and gratification, and that it would be a nice remembrance of a fine gentleman who had rendered most valuable services to the Club in past years.  The views which the late Mr Turner held, and which his son had just expressed, were a splendid example for all cricketers, who should in a sportsmanlike way play and do everything which was for the success of the team as a whole, and not for their personal glorification or for cheap applause.

Continuing, Mr Andrews said he had never had the pleasure of playing with the late Mr Turner, but he had, of course, often heard of his prowess on the cricket field.  He was sure the Vice – captain Mr AE Anderson, would like to express his appreciation of the gift; also his brother, the only person present who had actually played with Mr Turner.  Before they did so, however, he would like to say how delighted they all were to have the late Mr Turner's son and daughter in Comber that afternoon, and he hoped they would often be on the ground in future. 

Mr AE Anderson said it was very kind of Mr Turner's family to give these mementos to the Club.

Lord Justice Andrews said he had played in many matches with the late Mt Samuel Turner, who was a stylish bat, and a very successful 'grub' bowler, particularly against English touring sides, who were not accustomed to playing that kind of bowling, which had now become almost entirely extinct.  He also referred to Mr Turner's good and plucky fielding at 'silly point', and the spirit which he put into the game: it was only by the latter that the success of the Club could have been achieved.

Mr Turner replied suitably, and said his sister and he hoped to pay a visit often to the North Down Cricket Club grounds in future.