It was sent to us by a Limerick man, Bernard Spain, who actually collects club history books and is anxious to build up his collection of history books from Cork clubs. He already has a large collection. His son, Gary, collects soccer match programmes and has some very rare, old prgrammes from the League of Ireland.
As regards this photograph, he didn’t have any names to go with it, Charlie McCarthy of St Finbarr’s being the only player he could identify. The captain of the team is Kevin Cummins, of Blackrock, brother of the legendary Ray.
The team beat Waterford and Tipperary in the Munster championship and then accounted for Antrim in the All-Ireland semi-final, before hammering Laois in the final by 10-7 to 1-4. That year the minors were most unlucky not to complete the double, the footballers losing a controversial final to Offaly by a single point.
The minor hurling team contained the following players, Henry O’Brien (Inniscarra), Tim Murphy (Redmonds), Ger Aherne (Cloyne), Paddy O’Sullivan (Midleton), John O’Callaghan (Glen Rovers), D Hurley (Blarney), Willie Murphy (Ballincollig), Pat O’Riordan (Sarsfields), Con Roche (St Finbarr’s), Donal Clifford (Cloyne), Liam McAuliffe (Glen Rovers), Kevin Cummins (Blackrock)(captain), Mick Kenneally, Andrew Flynn (Glen Rovers), Charlie McCarthy (St Finbarr’s), John Mitchell (Blarney), Nicholas Dowling (Castlemartyr), Noel Barry (St Vincent’s), Maurice Slye (Blackrock), Willie Cronin (Clyda Rovers), Kevin O’Farrell (Castletownroche), Derry Coleman (Ballinhassig), Paddy Geary (Blackrock), Billy Hegarty (Brian Dillons), Barry Wylie (Carrigaline), Tadhg Falvey (Blackrock).
What is very noticeable about the team, a number of whom went on to become senior Cork stars, is how mature they look compared to the minor teams we now field.
If any reader can put names on all the players as in the photo, we would be delighted.
Ring Tom Lyons at 087-6425180.