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Full Name: Patrick Corcoran
Born: 16 June 1893
Came from: Bathgate Went to: Torquay United
First game: 06 November 1920 Last game: 26 December 1925
Appearances: 198 (198/0) Goals: 26
Corcoran joined the Pilgrims in late 1920 from Scottish side Bathgate, having previously been on the books of Glasgow Celtic. He blossomed into a quality winger with Argyle, despite being very tall for the position and lacking pace. However, he did possess excellent ball control and wasn't afraid to shoot from all angles.
In the summer of 1924, whilst Argyle were touring South American, Corcoran had been nominated to 'miss' a penalty against Boca Juniors, whose fans had already invaded the pitch when they had gone 1-0 up. However he was ushered aside by the competitive Moses Russell, who promptly dispatched the penalty; the pitch was duly invaded again and the game abandoned at 1-1.
In early January 1926 Corcorin was rushed to a nursing home, suffering from appendicitis. He spent two months recovering from an operation, and although he played for the Reserves in the March, the previous Christmas fixtures proved to be his last in the first team. That summer, after five and a half seasons at Home Park, Corcoran left the club, although his destination is unclear. One source suggests he moved to Torquay, but there is no newspaper evidence to back that up. However, in October 1926 he did sign for Luton Town.
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From Jon G. in Torquay on 27/11/2013 ...
Corcoran never played for Torquay and I'm pretty sure he never signed for Torquay. He left Argyle (WMN 14/8/26) well before he joined Luton (WMN 6/10/26) but this might be explained by his being unfit to play.
From Steve Dean in Plymouth on 28/11/2013 ...
You may well be right John. The suggestion comes from 'Plymouth Argyle - A Complete Record 1903-1989' (Brian Knight) but I can't find any newspaper evidence to back that up, so I've toned down the suggestion in the above pen picture. Thanks.
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