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JOHN HERRICK of Cork Hibernians Fame

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John Herrick

 Herrick John (Cork Hibs). 1972 v A, Ch (sub); (with Shams) 1973 v F (sub) (3).

John comes from a family steeped in soccer tradition and particularly immersed in the history of the Glasheen club. Glasheen’s record in grooming stars for League of Ireland football is second to none and John has the distinction of being their first Schoolboy graduate to achieve full international recognition in soccer. He was one of several 16 year olds on the Glasheen team unluckily defeated 2-1 by Southend (Dublin) in the 1964 FAI Minor Cup final. However, there was some consolation for Glasheen as they dominated Cork soccer bringing off the League and Shield double. John tasted the bitter pang of defeat in another National final this time when being on the Glasheen team who lost to TEK in the FAI Intermediate Cup final in 1965.

John Herrick in October 1971 became the first Cork Hibernians player to be capped at senior level when selected for the game against Chile. He then went on to tour Brazil where he gained his cap as a substitute in the Brazilian Independance Cup Tournament against Chile. Herrick wore the Irish jersey for the last time and played very well when coming on early in the game against France for the injured Tommy Carroll. Ireland were full value for the 1-1 draw against the highly rated French in Paris.

John will also remember with pride his performance for an All Ireland League X1against English League Runners-up, Leeds United, in a League of Ireland Golden Jubilee Celebration match at Dalymount. It was probably his classy display against Peter Lorimer which shortlisted him for the International panel. Herrick was only 17 when he signed for Cork Hibs in 1965 from Glasheen. John’s game improved enormously in 1970 when he became a full time professional and trained with Hibs cross channel imports.

With Hibs the polished defender won almost every trophy available in League of Ireland soccer including League Championship, FAI Cup and Blaxnit All –Ireland medals. He was transferred to Shams in 1973 for £3,000 and twelve months later Hibs paid a little extra to bring him back to Flower Lodge. He became a major signing for Limerick in 1976-77 and the fee paid an immediate gilt-edge dividend, as John helped the Shannonsiders to the FAI Cup final.

Herrick was appointed player-manager and guided Limerick to a very respectable sixth position just nine points adrift of champions Dundalk. He spent a season (1978-79) with Drogheda before ending his League career as player-manager in the colours of Galway Utd. and the City of the Tribes must have made a huge impact on the Corkman who settled there and eventually managed Galway in the League of Ireland.John’s son Mark followed him into the League of Ireland and the popular midfielder also went back helping Galway Utd after spending several seasons in the city of his birth with Cork City.

The Induction of JOHN HERRICK to CORK HALL OF FAME collection signifies that, despite his Galway exile of many years, the soccer status of JOHN HERRICK on Leeside is part of Cork Soccer Folklore.

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