Noel Ireland

Noel Ireland was born on the 28th December 1937; he grew up in the Northcote and Thornbury areas. He was educated at Westgarth Primary School and Preston Technical School. Noel worked as a Dance Bros. plumbers in Preston. He married Jean. He is the nephew of a Legend, Arthur Ireland.

From his very first game in 1951, the club knew they had found a player. At the age of 13 he made his debut for the second XI, bowling 5 overs, taking 4 wickets for 1 run. From there he went on, leading most wickets in a season for the first XI on 8 occasions. In fact, he passed the coveted 30 wickets in a season on 7 occasions, of which he passed 40 wickets 3 times. He was involved in the clubs highest ever score of 523 against the Northern Socials in the 1954 semi final, contributing 95no. The following week in the losing grand final he would contribute bowling figures of 5/33 and 3/36, not bad at the age of 16. He would go on to win the flag the following year. He took an amazing 45 wickets in the 1963/64 season, with a career best 8/38 against Bell Ramblers.

Noel played from 1951 until 1975. He played 175 games, scoring 2599 runs at 14.44. Also he took an amazing 537 wickets at 14.01 (averaging 3.07 wickets a game). He won a first XI premiership in 1954/55.

Best bowling 8/38 v Bell Ramblers. 10 wickets in a match twice (11/45 in round 2 1961/62 and 10/65 in round 9 1962/63).

Noel Ireland became a life member of the club in 1969. His 537 wickets is a club record to this day.

Noel Ireland a Great, a Dennis Legend.