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blue circle c.c. (1978 )

BLUE CIRCLE began production in 1968 and brought several new cricketers to the DUNGANNON CLUB including Danny Costello and Frank Clark. Loughery College also began to play cricket and this produced other cricketers such as Norman Jolley, Ron Charles and Aaron Hall who gradually filtered into the Dungannon set up .

Colin Rea and Bob Agnew, lecturers at Loughry, also played for Dungannon for a number of years.

BLUE CIRCLE EMPLOYEES became so enthusiastic that they formed their own club in 1978 and brought in players from the Cookstown area and also enlisted the help of a number of Dungannon players when they took part in the Tyrone and Fermanagh League which was run by the late Bob Kerr.

Crank Clark and Bob Gillen were responsible for starting up the club which became very successful and supported two sides until the T and F League folded.

They attracted players such as the Donnelly brothers , Joe Thornbury (Portadown ) who formed a very good opening partnership with our own Chris Adrain in the latter years of the league.

Alister Smyth , Jeremy Stewart and Richard Lyons also player regularly. Ron Charles became the driving force behind the club and was supported by Aaron Hall, George Gourley ,the Charles brothers and the Montgomery brothers. The club produced a number of capable players to help keep Dungannon going . There is no doubt that Dungannon would not have been able to field a 2nd XI without their assistance .

 

Ron Charles had a big influence in introducing new blood into Dungannon over the years. George Gourley , Aaron Hall, Trevor Wilson, Trevor McGaughey , Gordon Black ,Norman Jolley , Simon McAleese , Andy Brown ,Gareth Brown , Paul Kerr, William Mullen , Robin Agnew , Niall Hunter ,Roger Robinson , Brian Reid and Ron himself are members of Blue Circle who have represented Dungannon over the years . Ron was captain of Dungannon 2ndXI for a number of years and is one of the leading run scorers for the team.

Both Aaron and George won the 1stXI Bowling Cup. Unfortunately Aaron's batting for Dungannon did not reach the heights achieved for Blue Circle. I (Billy Adrain ) played one match for Blue Circle  scoring 30 not out whilst Aaron blasted a not out 50 at the other end to record a ten wicket win.

Brian Reid was killed in a game of football in which he was punched on the temple and this ended a promising career both on and off the cricket field.

 

Dungannon try to play a match against the old Blue Circle players each year in his memory.

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Blue Circle opened a new ground in 1981 with Dungannon providing the opposition. the match was notable for the batting of Basil McNamee and the bowling of Phillip Orr who had West Indies Star , Everton Mattis , caught appropriately by Basil McNamee on the long on boundary when he did not pick the Orr googlie. He must be the only Dungannon bowler to dismiss a TEST BATSMAN.

Blue Circle went from strength to strength winning most if not all of the Tyrone and Fermanagh League Competitions,League sections A and B along with Cup and Plate until the T and F league was unfortunately terminated in the late 1990s.

 

                                The BC cricketers who contributed most to Dungannon C.C. were :--

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                                  m            i            no          hs            r              ave                o            m          r             w           ave          catches        1stXI              2nd XI

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BOW. CUP    BAT CUP                       BOW. CUP

Ron Charles   X       175      157        19          77         1984      14.38          214.4     19       828            52          15.92         25                                     1983/95/6/8/2000

Aaron Hall      X       131       115       8            59         1064       9.94            1401     357     3649        215          16.95                           1991/93

Andy Brown               52        48         8            90*        906       22.65                                                                                                   1ST BAT.C. 2004                                                                                                                            

George Gourley  X    59         41        16          29*        193         7.27            692.5    173     1521       115          13.23                  1st BOW.C. 1994          

Brian Reid         X      76        68         5            58*        922       14.63

Trevor McGaughey    30       29         8            72*        442        21.05         223.5      41       637            27           23.59                                                  2002                               2003

Gordon Black   X      40       36         4          114*        531        16.59          156.1      25      528            25            21.21

Paul Kerr                    44       42         5          122*        575        15.54                                                                                                                                    2005/2006

Roger Robinson         78       69         7             82         947        15.27                                                                                                                                    2004/2008

Trevor Wilson  X         17       16         1            45         227         15.13

Niall Hunter                47       42         5            57          507        13.70

Gary Mitchell  X         25        34        3           47*        409        13.19          117.1      12       407          30             13.57

Gareth Brown             59       38       14           38          271        11.23          291.4      37     1083          64            16.92

Robin Agnew              87       69       14           32*        299         5.44           336.5      34     1317          73             18.04

Glen Millar      X         59        47        7            35          327         8.18            553.3      98     1621         90             18.01

Simon McAleece       73        46        8             23         161         4.24            500.5      74      1605        100           16.05    

Keith Millar    X         35         29       6             14*        95           4.13

William Mullan          46         36       8             20*       91            3.25           286.4      28      1074        49              21.92

A. McGaughey                                                                                                      174         19      744          28              26.57

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