Star of Penrith’s football and cricket teams in 1960s

Date: Friday 8th June 2018
Terry Mulrya
Terry Mulrya

A POPULAR all-round Penrith sportsman, who was part of one of town’s most successful football teams, has died at the age of 81.

Terry Mulryan (front row, centre) in a Penrith football team from the mid-1960s.
Terry Mulryan (front row, centre) in a Penrith football team from the mid-1960s.

Oliver Terrence Mulryan, known as Terry, played under former Carlisle United centre forward Alan Ashman when he managed the Penrith team which won the Cumberland Cup six seasons in succession in the early 1960s.

A strong-tackling full back on the football field in winter, Terry turned his attention to cricket in the summer months and was a fast bowler for Penrith in the North Lancashire League under the captaincy of Harold Millican.

He was a part of the team which won the Meagan Cup in the 1960s. Later in life, he became a keen golfer and was the Penrith club captain in 1997.

Terry moved to Eden from Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, at the age of three for his father Leo’s job at Glenridding. Leo was killed in a mining accident at Greenside lead mine when Terry was just 15 and Terry and his mother, Dolly, remained in Penrith, living at Scotland Road.

Terry attended St. Catherine’s School and then Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith, where he excelled at sport, including rugby and cricket.

His footballing career started at Ullswater United as a boy and he signed for Penrith in 1954, playing right through most of the 1960s. He also played, for a brief period, for Alston.

On leaving school, he trained as a mining surveyor with what was then the Carlisle Plaster and Cement Company, at Cocklakes, Carlisle. He was promoted to northern area surveyor in 1969 and held this position up until retirement, latterly working at what by then had become the British Gypsum site at Kirkby Thore.

He married Edie Moore in the late 1950s and the couple had two children, Stephen and Karen. Edie died from cancer in 1987. Terry married Margaret Peters in 1988 at St. Catherine’s Church, Penrith. His son, Stephen, sadly died from a brain haemorrhage in 1989 and an annual golf competition is now held in his memory.

Terry is survived by his wife, Margaret; daughter Karen; stepchildren Nikki and Grant; grandchildren Caven, Danny, Antonia and Romarna; great-grandchildren Harry and Joshua; sons in law and daughters in law Steve, Gayle, Barry and Bryan; and his brother in law and sister in law Derek and Joyce.