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Full Name: Luke Martin McCormick
Born: 15 August 1983
1. Came from: Trainee Went to: Released
1. First game: 05 May 2001 Last game: 04 May 2008
2. Came from: Oxford United Went to:
2. First game: 03 August 2013 Last game: 25 October 2014
Appearances: 202 (200/2) Goals: 0
A product of Argyle's youth set up, McCormick made his first team debut in 2000-01, becoming the back-up for Romain Larrieu. Following an injury to Larrieu, he took over as number one and performed superbly throughout the Division Two title-winning season and was named the club's young player of the year, an award he won again the following year. The two 'keepers shared duties over the next four seasons, with McCormick also having a brief spell on loan at Boston United. His contract was cancelled in July 2008 after he admitted causing a fatal car crash, for which he was subsequently convicted and sent to prison for seven years and four months.
Released in June 2012 to some media furore, he spent a short period with Swindon Town, who decided against offering him terms. He then began to rebuild his career by signing for Conference South side Truro City, for whom he played 10 matches, and was then given an opportunity to return to the Football League when an injury crisis left Oxford United looking for a goalkeeper. After 15 appearances for United, which included a clean sheet in their 1-0 win at Home Park in February 2013, he was released at the end of the season.
In May 2013 McCormick returned to Home Park, some five years after he left, signing a one year contract to compete for a first team place with Jake Cole. When he re-joined the club, chairman James Brent publically stated, "Although Luke made a dreadful mistake with unthinkable consequences, he has served his time and is totally remorseful. While I respect others who have alternative views, from a moral standpoint, the board and I think Luke is entitled to rehabilitation." The club also announced that McCormick would donate a 'significant sum' to a local children's charity and donate time to support it during his time back at Home Park.
After a closely vying with Cole during the 2013 pre-season friendlies, John Sheridan announced McCormick as the goalkeeper for the opening fixture of the new campaign, and after excellent form, he retained the jersey for league fixtures (with Cole selected for cup games) until a fractured finger ended his season the following February. However, with a week of the season remaining, the 30-year-old's importance to the club was recognised by a two-year contract extension.
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APPEARANCE DETAILS [reselect competitions]
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The following publications have been particularly valuable in the research of pen-pictures: Plymouth Argyle, A Complete Record 1903-1989 (Brian Knight, ISBN 0-907969-40-2); Plymouth Argyle, 101 Golden Greats (Andy Riddle, ISBN 1-874287-47-3); Football League Players' Records 1888-1939 (Michael Joyce, ISBN 1-899468-67-6); Football League Players' Records 1946-1988 (Barry Hugman, ISBN 1-85443-020-3) and Plymouth Argyle Football Club Handbooks.
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