Victor Sherlock Playing Career
“VICTOR SHERLOCK” – A Boyhood Idol By: Mattie Kennedy
Victor started his football career with Gypsum Rangers Football team in 1944. Rangers was a Junior Team affiliated to Meath. A team called North Meath was selected from the Juniors and they played in the Meath Senior Championship. They reached the final only to be beaten by Navan Parnells.
During this campaign Victor came to the notice of the Meath selectors and played his first game for the “Royal” against the Dubs in Drogheda in the Cairnes Cup on 27th October 1945. On this his first game the Meath Chronicle said “A promising newcomer” from Gypsum Rangers”. Meath won the 1945/46 League beating Wexford 2-2 to 6 pts. On this occasion Victor was at left half forward.
In his first Championship game for Meath 12th May 1946 Victor held on to his LH fwd position against Longford. Meath won 2-11 to 8 pts. In the 2nd round Louth beat Meath 1-6 to 6 pts.
He won a Leinster SFC in 1947. This was the year Cavan went on to win in the Polo Grounds, New York. Victor played for Meath in the Cairnes Cup against Louth. Meath won 2-6 to 1-7.(His last game for Meath).
Victor transferred to Kingscourt Stars and was selected by Cavan. His first game for Cavan was against Monaghan in the National League. He formed a brilliant partnership with Phil “The Gunner” Brady (R.I.P) who would in 1953 become his brother in law.
His first championship win was at senior level in 1945. Along with two friends Brian Conlon and Johnny Malone they helped Scotstown to beat Inniskeen in the Monaghan Senior Championship. (Unable to find any details on the transfers).
Victor was born in a house on Peppards Hill now occupied by the Watters Family. He was an all round athlete, good at running/hurling/badminton and especially handball in which he won an All Ireland Junior Softball Singles for Cavan in 1949. I had the pleasure of playing with Victor for Kingscourt Juniors during the 60’s. I was usually at centre half forward. with Victor at full forward. Even then getting close to retirement he stood head and shoulders above any of the upcoming stars. He was always available for a pass, and with that deadly left foot of his a score was always on the cards. Not aggressive, but he could handle himself when the occasion arose.
Home Place Peppards Hill, Kingscourt, Co. Cavan.
Clubs Gypsum Rangers, North Meath (Scotstown), Kingscourt
Achievements In Club Competition
Cavan Junior Championship 1954/1961
Inter County Achievements 1947 – Leinster Championship Medal (Meath)
1948/1952 – All Ireland with Cavan
Played for Ulster six times and Won 4 Railway Cup Medals
Also selected at Centre Field for Rest of Ireland
Died 21st June 2004
After a fair hard hitting game in 1965 against Cootehill Victor was asked to appear at a Countyboard meeting to answer some points raised by the referee. (To this day I believe the referee was looking for a scapegoat). However his brother Patsy (county board delegate for Kingscourt) informed the committee Victor would not be attending as the game against Cootehill was his last, and that he had hung up his boots. And so ended the playing career of one of the great midfielders of his era.