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Truro City sign death crash keeper McCormick

By Rhod_Mitchell  |  Posted: November 10, 2012

Luke McCormick

Luke McCormick

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Former Plymouth Argyle keeper  Luke McCormick, who was jailed  in 2008 for killing two young boys in a car crash while drink-driving, has signed non contract forms for Blue Square Bet South side Truro City and will make his debut in the FA Trophy at Farnborough today.

The 29-year-old  was sentenced to seven years  and four months, but was  released from Leyhill Prison earlier this year and had been training with Swindon but they decided not to sign him.

City needed a goalkeeper after regular No1 Tim Sandercombe suffered a knee injury against AFC Hornchurch last week.

But the decision by manager Lee Hodges to sign McCormick, who played 138 times for Argyle, is sure to spark  very  mixed reactions from  supporters.

 Arron Peak, 10, and his brother Ben, aged eight, died when the vehicle they were travelling in was hit by McCormick's Range Rover on the M6 in Staffordshire in June of 2008. McCormick was twice the drink-driving limit.

 

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  • danielle8911  |  November 12 2012, 5:41PM

    there are thousands of young talented lads that would love a opportunity to play for your team that would play for free instead of having him you should go around all the colleges and give them a chance and deserve more than he does yh he loves playing football so did arron and ben but they cant play again and my uncle loved working he went straight into work from school and worked right upto when this idiot decided to drink drive ,,,, he shouldnt be in the public eye kids look upto footballers what a ******* role model he is you deserve to go into administration if you let child killers play for you

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  • pafcguy  |  November 12 2012, 2:28PM

    Looking at it from a purely football perspective I agree with Lovecornwall and the administrator, you cannot afford to turn down offers like that. As a long term Plymouth Argyle supporter I know Luke Mccormick to be a man who is genuinely remorseful of those past events, but he like those members of that very sad family have to move on and live the rest of their lives to the best of their abilities, as difficult as it will be for all those concerned. Luke was formerly one of, potentially the best goalkeepers in England and you have him for free.I can understand members of the family being angry that he has any kind of public life at all, but at the end of the day you are Truro city a club in deep shyte with no goalkeeper

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  • Calenickbus  |  November 12 2012, 8:47AM

    See press release below; Kate Breese of Walsh Taylor and administrator of Truro City Football Club Limited commented on the signing of Luke McCormick, the former Plymouth FC goalkeeper who was jailed in October 2008 for his involvement in a car accident which killed two children, for Truro City FC: "I would like to give a warm welcome to Luke McCormick who will be a great addition to the first team at a time when we are in desperate need of players. With the embargo in place, the financial restrictions of administration and a mounting injury list, Luke's experience and undoubted ability is very much needed. The club is at its bare bones and it has been essential to recruit a goalkeeper. With Luke prepared to play for free combined with the club's current financial situation then this signing has been a matter of necessity. It is my role as administrator to sell this club as a going concern and to achieve the best possible outcome for creditors. Luke has proved his self at Football League level and is willing to play for Truro City FC for free. As such, there is no question that adding Luke to the squad can only help this cause. But I also want to make sure that the soul of the club, the fans, understand the decision to bring Luke in and that they give him their complete support. With the club's first team goalkeeper now injured and out of action for a number of weeks and with no monies available to add to the wage bill, Luke was not only willing to play for free but he is also of a quality far in excess of any player we would be able to afford. With the club currently at the bottom of the Conference South, we need the strongest team possible to try and pull the club out of the relegation zone. We are doing everything we can off the field to save the cub and keep it in The Football Conference but we also need to ensure that the first team has the support to have the best possible chance of survival on the pitch. Certain people may have concerns over Luke's past but his past is precisely that. Luke has served the time deemed appropriate by the judicial system and that chapter is now closed. Luke has been extremely remorseful over the cause of his jail term but as stated, the sentence has been served and there is no benefit to anyone in not allowing him to play the sport that he loves and has great ability at. I hope that the fans of Truro City understand this decision and equally give Luke the warmest possible welcome. He is now an important member of our squad and will play a crucial part in the club's fight for survival. The team needs the fans to keep their support strong as that is also vital for the survival hopes. Truro City FC is now looking forward after a period of sever uncertainty, the club having been on its knees. We are not in a position to turn down offers of assistance and look forward to Luke playing an important role for the club." Kate Breese, MIPA Director Licensed Insolvency Practitioner Walsh Taylor Business & Corporate Recovery Specialists Oxford Chambers, Oxford Road, Guiseley, LS20 9AT tel: 0871 222 8308 fax: 0871 222 8309 web: http://tinyurl.com/chlu9kw

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  • Lovecornwall  |  November 12 2012, 12:41AM

    Can I start by saying that my heart goes out to the family for the loss of their boys, I have no doubt that it has torn their world apart. It is something that they will never get over but I doubt Luke will either. He has to live with what he has done to the family for the rest of his life and all for a silly mistake which had fatal consequences. Obviously it was not Luke's decision to be released early from prison, but as he was it seems that all he is trying to do is provide for his family by getting work and returning to his career. Surely this is better than him being on benefits or would you all prefer that we were paying for him to live? No doubt if Luke was claiming then you would all have something to say about that as well. I hope none of you have ever been over the limit when driving or looking at your phone, could have easily been one of you if you have!

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  • Calenickbus  |  November 11 2012, 5:13PM

    John Truro City? You need to read and understand the Press statement before throwing insults

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  • JohnTruroCity  |  November 11 2012, 4:41PM

    Im a Truro City fan and will NOT be going again. The so called savours are disgusting! How could they sign murderer???? I will never spend a penny there again to pay for scum like him. Think i might take my money to "family club" like Falmouth. Feel so sad for the family of the boys and disgusuted to be a Truro City fan. Shameful decision! Sack the C#~t! sorry for the language, just so angry right now.

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  • Calenickbus  |  November 11 2012, 12:56PM

    PRESS RELEASE Sunday 11th November 2012 – 12 Noon As we are all aware Truro City Football Club is trading in administration under the direction of the Administrator Kate Breeze. On 19th October 2012 following the very late decision on that day for the preferred bidder to withdraw from the purchase we that is L2 Nightclub and A2B Taxis provided the 50k Bond to ensure that the club remained in the Blue Square Conference South League. We have since become preferred bidder and now have an agreed deal in place which should be signed off hopefully this week. All decisions made during the administration at this time are made by others directly involved both on and off the field and ultimately signed off by the Administrator. We were made aware of Luke's engagement late Friday as a matter of courtesy and that Luke would possibly be playing at the Farnborough FA Trophy match on Saturday due to the injury sustained by the Clubs usual goalkeeper last week. Furthermore we are advised that the engagement will remain in place to the end of the season. Therefore on completion of the sale Luke will be Truro City Football Clubs responsibility as a player. We would emphasize that we had no control over that decision. Lee Hodges is and will remain the Manager of the Truro City Football Club and any future decisions on Luke will be made in conjunction with Lee and the board of directors in control at that time. Meanwhile we would ask everyone to reserve judgement at this stage until we are in a better place to act in the best interest of Truro City Football Club. _______________________________________________________________ L2 Nightclub & A2B Taxis

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  • DAZZYDELLE  |  November 10 2012, 5:41PM

    this idiot recked our familys lives!! he took two beautiful boys away from us and smashed amanda n philips lives up in that crash!!! the team should be ashamed to let him play someone who decided to get into his landrover drunk arguing on the phone to his stripper girlfriend!!! the fans of this team should be ashamed that their family team would let a child killer play!! he didnt serve his time so dont come at me with that bull s**t he got 7 years for killing two children and disabling their dad not to mention their mum yes she wasnt in the crash but her life is looking after her husband who will never recover plus he only did 4year in jail come on that isnt serving his time.... his life should of ended when arron and bens did just like amanda and philips have!!!!!!!!! TRURO FAMILY TEAM ....YEAH RIGHT

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  • LonyTilly  |  November 10 2012, 4:15PM

    ''Mixed reactions'' What a crass insensitive choice that beggers belief. How have 2 ''saviours'' stooped lower than Heaney did in their 2 weeks in financial control?? - should be thoroughly ashamed and I hope the club folds completely. Thats 1 taxi firm and nightclub I will be vocally turning people against as well as using every available forum to print it. Sewer rats

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  • Truro_England  |  November 10 2012, 1:51PM

    I will not be going to watch them if he is playing!!!

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