Hockey: Former Irish international Andrew Barbour celebrates unique goalscoring feat

Cookstown's Andy Barbour, who scored for Ulster last week-end.mm43-186ar.

Cookstown's Andy Barbour, who scored for Ulster last week-end.mm43-186ar.

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On Monday night against Mossley a remarkable statistic was unearthed as Andrew Barbour celebrated his tenth goal of the season - the twentieth season in a row that the Cookstown number 9 has scored double figure goals for a season!

It was his 41st goal in the last three seasons making Barbour comfortably Cookstown’s all time leading goal scorer with over 300 goals.

ATTACK... Cookstown Andy Barbour on the attack during Monday night's Anderson Cup clash with South Antrim.INMM1713-386SR

ATTACK... Cookstown Andy Barbour on the attack during Monday night's Anderson Cup clash with South Antrim.INMM1713-386SR

Probably Cookstown’s most consistent ever player, he made his debut as a teenager in 1994 and has continually threatened defences for twenty years.

His best season (2006/07) was a return of 37 goals and in the same year he was named Ulster Player of the Year. He scored the first Premier League goal against Banbridge on the old sand-based pitch at Coolnafranky, and also converted Cookstown’s last on the same pitch against Bangor in a 5-0 win.

His two goals against Monkstown in the Irish Senior Ccup in 1999 were probably the best two goals he has scored in a Cookstown shirt.

Coach Stephen Cuddy commented on this unique achievement: “What a fantastic goal scorer Andy has been over the years. He has reinvented himself as a playmaker from centre midfield over the last four years, but he still weighs in with important goals.

“I would doubt his record (at Cookstown) will ever beaten. As a coach you know you will always get a positive performance from Andy and it’s important that our younger players have that role model in the team.

“I hope he keeps playing for a few years as he still has so much to offer!”