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Friday 15 October 2021 at Cottrell Park Golf Resort, Cardiff

 

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The Great Britain & Ireland Touring Team to the USA in 1965 were awarded their
Great Britain honours caps at a presentation dinner in Cardiff on 15.10.2021.

In the left photograph:
Back row: Valerie Crombie (nee Sinclair), Giles Stokes and Angela Madley (Jennifer Stokes nee Braham's son and daughter),
Kate Langton (Mary Drake nee Hyland’s niece).

Front row: Janice Lang (nee Mitchell) , Ellen Jenkins (nee Toulson), Eirianwen Thomas,
Helen O’Boyle (nee O’Neill), Janet Hopkins (nee Morgan).

 

At a very special ceremony at Cottrell Park Golf Club, Cardiff, the surviving members of the very first women’s GB Squad to be selected in 1965, were presented with their GB Honours Caps by the current GB Hockey President, Sheila Morrow. Six members of this trailblazing team, Helen O’Boyle (nee O’Neill) (Ireland), Eirianwen Thomas and Janet Hopkins (nee Morgan) (both Wales), Janice Lang (nee Mitchell) and Valerie Crombie (nee Sinclair) (both Scotland) and Ellen Jenkins (nee Toulson) (England) came together again for the first time in 56 years. Listening to them sharing great memories of the tour to the USA, their other stories and the laughter, it seemed like it had only happened yesterday. These former players were joined by the relatives of Jennifer Braham (England) and Mary Hyland (Wales) who are sadly no longer with us.

The event was hosted by the Welsh Women’s Hockey Golf Group at their annual lunch. THM was represented by Katie Dodd and Sue Lane. Sue, along with Steve Ellis, have been the two museum volunteers responsible for the majority of work to pull together the complete the GB match records.

When The Hockey Museum started the work to compile a complete and accurate record of every GB match and the players who played in them, the commonly held view was that the first GB women’s team was selected in 1978 ahead of the entry of women’s hockey into the Olympic Games in 1980. The discovery of a 1965 GB & Ireland Touring Team (GB&ITT) blazer in the Dublin City Library Archives that had been donated by Joan Horne, changed all this. Further research confirmed the existence of a GB tour to the USA and the names of all the players – but was this an official tour and could the two matches played against the USA team be counted as capped games? After much research by the museum’s volunteer sleuths and contact with many of the squad members and hockey colleagues in the USA, we were able to confirm that the team was selected by an official GB committee and it played against the USA in two matches that the United States Field Hockey Association (USFHA) considered as full international matches.

The members and relatives of the first GB women’s team had come together from all over the UK. There were emotional reunions as they met in the bar to begin the reminiscing, carrying on during lunch which was then followed by the GB honours cap presentation ceremony itself. At the end, the tourists were serenaded by all the Welsh players who, led by Janet Morgan (now Mrs Hopkins) on the ukulele, gave a special rendition of “This land is your land” which had been the tour song back in 1965.

 

https://youtu.be/di_pRJMV4Os

 

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Great Britain & Ireland Touring Team in the USA in 1965.

 

Janice Mitchell (now Mrs Lang) relayed:

“A very big ‘Thank You' to The Hockey Museum team who were responsible for pulling together all the information which enabled the presentations of the GB&ITT honours caps to be made … It was obviously a mammoth task but one for which I, as a player in that first GB&ITT team, am extremely grateful. Never did we think that 56 years on we would be receiving our hockey caps for playing in that 1965 Touring Team to the USA. It was a very emotional day and I would not have missed it for the world – the cap is really fantastic and I am so proud to have received it. Having the caps funded was much appreciated and a big thank you to GB Hockey for arranging this.”

Giles Stokes who attended to receive his mother’s GB cap added:

"It was an honour for my sister Angela and I to represent our Mum, Jennifer Braham, and receive her GB cap from the 1965 USA tour. A special event, meeting some of the players from that very first GB squad who had fond memories of our Mum."

 

THM managed to contact all seven surviving squad members, five attended the presentations in Cardiff. Sadly, Joan Horne was taken ill the day before the event so was unable to travel and Thelma Hopkins, who now lives in Canada, is currently in hospital and we have not yet been able to speak to her.

The Museum has also managed to track down the relatives or friends of the remaining members of the squad who are no longer with us. Their GB caps will now find good homes. The families of Jennifer Braham and Mary Hyland received their caps during this presentation event and Bridget Cannell’s daughter, Tracy French, was presented with her mother’s GB Cap earlier this year (click here). The squad’s captain, Joyce Hunter (Scotland), had no living relatives so THM is in discussion with The High School of Dundee where she went to school and where other items of her hockey career are already on display. We have been in touch with the relatives of Helen Weir, the GB squad goalkeeper, and are planning a special ceremony for them to receive her cap in the coming months. Maureen Short (England) also had no relatives so we are arranging to present her GB cap to IM Marsh PE College at next year’s Old Students Reunion. Maureen was a long-time lecturer at the college and items of her England and GB kit are already in their archives. Barbara Stacey has also died with no close relatives, and we are using Welsh contacts to find close friends.

 

GBIITS SQUAD ON USA TOUR 1965

 

The full 1965 squad as pictured in the above photograph:

Back row: Jennifer Braham (Mrs Stokes); Joan Horne (Mrs Priestman); Maureen Short; Helen Weir; Bridget Cannell (Mrs Parkes); Thelma Hopkins (Mrs McClernon); Valerie Sinclair (Mrs Crombie).

Sitting: Mary Hyland (Mrs Drake); Janice Mitchell (Mrs Lang); Joyce Hunter (Captain); Mrs Hopkins, (Manager); Eirianwen Thomas; Ellen Toulson (Mrs Jenkins); Helen O’Neil (Mrs O’Boyle).

Kneeling: Barbara Stacey; Janet Morgan (Mrs Hopkins).

 

Katie Dodd

Regular visitors to The Hockey Museum (THM) website or our Hockey Shorts emails (click here to sign up) will be aware of the very active project to present honours caps to current and former Great Britain (GB) players or, if deceased, their families. The project arose from our work to collate a definitive record of GB match and player statistics enabling THM to know who played for GB, for how many times and what their unique player number is.

If you’re a new website visitor, welcome; some of the project's success stories can be discovered by clicking here (re. Harry Haslam), here (re. Bridget Cannell) and here (re. 2021 GB squads).

 

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Bridget Cannell's daughter, Tracy French, and son, Mike Cannell, received their mother's honours cap from former Great Britain
internationals Jan Burrows (former England captain, second left) and Mary Eckersall (former England & GB captain, far right).

 

 

The Presentation Of GB Caps

Tony Nunn visiting THM in 2019The majority of the GB honours caps will be presented in May and June 2022 at the Pro League matches in front of sizeable crowds, meantime THM is proceeding with some individual and group/squad presentations. Indeed, we have just ordered the 100th cap for presentation – quite the milestone for our entirely volunteer-led project!

THM is only ordering caps as and when required because we know that not every player or their ancestors will claim their cap. Our experience here has come from the British Lions rugby setup who ordered a 'full set’ at the outset and still have 300 unclaimed.

The 100th cap is for Anthony (Tony) Nunn (pictured during a visit to THM in 2019) who we believe to be the last surviving player from the 1952 Helsinki bronze medal-winning team. We have already presented John Peake with his cap after he represented GB at the 1948 London Olympic Games, so we are now looking to the Melbourne team from 1956. If you have any information about our ageing GB players, please do let us know. We have also made presentations to players who have sadly become unwell. Similarly, if you know of any GB players in failing health, we will do all we can to arrange a presentation. 

We are also in the process of arranging two group presentations.

The first is for the GB & Ireland women's touring team to the USA in 1965 – for more information on this story click here. The survivors will be meeting in South Wales later this month to receive their caps.

The second group is the GB men's touring team to Australia in 1966. Of the 18 who made the trip, 16 are still alive and 12 are coming to the museum to receive their caps and enjoy a reunion lunch. The other four players, two of whom are overseas, will be receiving their caps in private presentations. Of the two deceased players, their captain David Prosser received his cap before his untimely death in January and the other, Howard Harrison, will be represented by his son at the reunion. 18 out of 18 can't be a bad result!

If you are a former player yourself interested in a group presentation and reunion, please do get in touch with THM via our online contact form.

 

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London League ties
 
A framed presentation of hockey ties from each of the member clubs
of the London Hockey League, presented to Peter Boizot.

 

This weekend, Sunday the 12 September, sees the last act in the history of the London League, the oldest men's league in England.

Formed in 1969, it has served London club hockey for 52 years. Things gradually changed when the National League came into being for the 1988/89 season when eight teams initially departed the London League to join. This still left a strong core of 16 teams in the London League before most were eventually absorbed in the early ‘90s.

Despite this, lower elevens and smaller London clubs continued with a very active league programme until this year.

With the reorganisation of the English Regions, league hockey throughout the land has been restructured. The old South Division or Region has seen the greatest change with the London League losing its identity altogether.

This coming Sunday sees the last event being organised by them: a finale at Southgate Hockey Club that involves a match on the League’s inaugural playing surface of grass; the teams will be made up from clubs throughout the League. It will be followed by a luncheon at which the London League's main trophy, the Robert Watson Bowl will be presented to The Hockey Museum (THM). It is also hoped that the London League archives will be deposited with THM to ensure that its history will not be forgotten.

Some material relating to the history of the London League is already part of the museum's collection thanks to former Chairman Rodney Rigby. Amongst these was a set of ties of all member clubs mounted in a frame. This had been presented to long-time supporter and sponsor of the League, the late Peter Boizot on the occasion of his 60th birthday. The presentation was made at the League’s annual event at the Café Royale in Piccadilly after their traditional dinner of sausage and mash. Following Peter's death, the frame became unloved and was rescued, re-framed and presented to THM by Rodney.

If you have anything that could help to tell the London League story, do please consider THM for its future home. Visit our online contact form and select "collection donations".

The Hockey Museum's hockey festivals study is progressing very well. We have compiled a list of all known festivals which includes the only three still held at Easter: Torbay, Skegness and Blackpool. All three will feature in a book on the history, development and sad demise of the hockey festival.

To demonstrate a rather wacky festival story, we present a post box from Blackpool which is surrounded by the members of Morpeth HC.

 

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The Life President of the Blackpool Festival, George Robson, is from Morpeth and he discovered this rare and unusual post box in the back streets of Blackpool. Please don't ask what George was doing in the back streets of Blackpool but he spotted that this was an Edward V111 example. These are very rare because he only reigned for a short while.

George informed Blackpool Council and the Post Office, and they decided to move it to a more prominent location. The chosen site was outside the main gates of the town's Stanley Park, the home of the Easter Festival since 1951. It is now known as The President's Box!

Hockey festivals were famous, indeed notorious, for unusual happenings, so if you have any wacky stories or anecdotes please send them to us – fittingly by way of a post box, but we will accept email!

Click here for the postal address or visit our contact form and select "festival hockey research" from the drop-down menu.

The Hockey Museum (THM) has acquired four framed pieces of artificial Poligras turf from hockey pitch manufacturers Polytan. Each originates from a different Olympic Games:

  • Sydney 2000
  • Beijing 2008
  • London 2012
  • Rio 2016

Can you work out which is which? Answers are at the bottom of this article.

They look like a series of modern artworks, ready to take their place on the walls of an art gallery. Is it too much to suggest that there is something of the great American Abstract Expressionist Mark Rothko about them?

Rothko’s art is known as colour field painting. His works are an exploration of the emotive power of colour. Sometimes touching, occasionally disturbing, his large-scale canvases can range from ecstasy to anger, joy to despair.

These Poligras pieces recall Rothko’s vast fields of colour and evoke memories of much larger surfaces – the resplendent coloured fields of play upon which Olympic hockey teams pit themselves against each other. Rothko’s art is renowned for stimulating emotional highs and lows – emotions familiar to elite athletes. At the Olympic Games, on these very pitches, they test themselves at the highest level; four years of dedication and sacrifice played out on a canvas for the ages.

Discover more about Mark Rothko's life and work by clicking here.

 

London turf 2012            Sydney turf 2000
     
Beijing turf 2008   Rio turf 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANSWERS

Top left:  Poligras pitch from the London 2012 Olympic Games
Top right:  Poligras pitch from the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games
Bottom left:  Poligras pitch from the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games
Bottom right:  Poligras pitch from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

This July we have thrown the collective weight of our wonderful volunteer team at an Olympic research project in support of Great Britain Hockey.

Across 35 days, 22 volunteers and staff researched and collated historical match statistics, photographs and anecdotal information. This related to each opponent nation that GB’s men’s and women’s hockey teams have and will face in the group stages of the Tokyo tournament, as well as each opponent they may eventually face in the knock-out stages.

We drew on the data from our developing GB player and match stats database. We utilised the magazines and books in THM library, as well as various online sources including FIH's records within their Tournament Management System (TMS). We engaged the support of professional photographers to request Olympic imagery, as well as contacting former GB players for their memories of matches through the Hockey Internationals' Club. We also mined the collections of former hockey magazine editors and scanned prints, negatives and slides which had not previously been digitised.

 

GB NED head 2 head

 

The information is now being used across GB Hockey and THM’s social media platforms (see above example) and in preview articles on the GB Hockey website in the build up to every GB match. Be sure to check them out as the Olympic tournament progresses. Our social media channels are linked to in the footer of this email.

All in all, a very strong piece of work by our dedicated volunteer team, with THM once again demonstrating the fascinating and inspirational value of history and heritage.

 

Men Great Britain3 v India1 30 07 1992     GB women vs Argentina 12 August 2008
     
 GB men vs India, 30 July 1992.    GB women vs Argentina, 12 August 2008.

 

The Hockey Museum building 13 High Street Woking        The Hockey Museum library
     
The Hockey Museum First XI exhibition 01   India womens national team visiting The Hockey Museum exhibition at World Cup 2018

 

Position: Charity Trustee
Organisation: The Hockey Museum
Location: UK, Surrey, Woking
Closing date: 27 August 2021
Job Type: Voluntary

 

Are you an experienced professional looking for an opportunity to actively contribute to the development of a young, vibrant and rapidly expanding museum?

The Hockey Museum opened in 2012 and has a growing collection of objects and archive material from England, the rest of the UK and from abroad. The Museum, based in Woking, Surrey, is primarily a volunteer-led organisation with about 30 volunteers who support the museum (physically and virtually) to undertake numerous activities, plus a further 25 volunteers around the country who work on specific projects.

We gained Museum Accreditation in 2018 and have embarked on the implementation of an ambitious, audience-centred Strategic Action Plan which focuses on storytelling and digitisation to increase the Museum’s sustainability and future growth. The museum is a champion of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) within its collections and project work and is working with England Hockey to improve awareness and understanding.

 

Who Are We Looking For?

The current board of nine Trustees is looking to expand and recruit a number of additional Trustees to address the following identified roles:

  1. A museum professional looking to broaden their experience and support a growing museum around best practice, particularly around one or both of:
            Digital audience engagement (including social media)
            Collections management and digitisation
  2. An experienced person with a background in finance to support the Treasurer as part of our succession plans;
  3. Someone with experience of successful grant applications to lead on grant writing with support from the curatorial team, and to manage funder relationships. Grant projects are identified against the Museum’s robust Strategic Plan; and
  4. An enthusiastic person who can support the curatorial team to lead and develop the museum’s current and future academic and other research initiatives.

The Trustees are particularly interested in applications from currently underrepresented groups including women and people from ethnic communities to enable the Board to better reflect the gender and racial diversity of hockey.

 

Meetings

Daytime Board meetings are held quarterly. Trustees are encouraged to attend as many museum events as possible including Volunteer days, exhibitions and two regular social events each year. We are also looking for Trustees to actively contribute to the Museum development and/or running outside of these meetings.

As a small charity, it is not possible to offer any travelling or other expenses to Trustees.

 

Contact

If you would like any further information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Please email your expression of interest with a CV to our Secretary, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Interviews will be undertaken in August with a view to successful candidates taking office in September.

The Hockey Museum is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (Registration no. 1170979).

It is a story that has been years in the making and started when The Hockey Museum began looking at how to collate accurate statistics for the sport. High up on the list was creating a definitive record of Great Britain international matches that would allow physical honours caps to be awarded and individual player numbers to be calculated.

Five years ago, the project began in earnest with a focus on Great Britain internationals. A dedicated team of volunteers came together and have put in an immense amount of work:

Steve Ellis, Sue Lane, Katie Dodd and Mike Smith have worked tirelessly at The Hockey Museum, with support from GB Hockey’s current and former Presidents Sheila Morrow and Richard Leman, as well as ex-GB internationals Simon Hazlitt and Rob Clift from the Hockey Internationals Club. Player representation on the project meetings came from Olympians Helen Richardson-Walsh and Simon Mantell.

As we launch the GB Caps programme today, we are now approaching 1,000 matches played by 581 Great Britain men and women, and the sport has an definitive record which is providing a lasting and proud legacy.

The project continues with a focus moving to home nation caps. In the meantime, there is ongoing work to organise the presentation of all the GB caps to past players. Current members of the Great Britain squad were presented their caps during the recent FIH Hockey Pro League matches in London.

 

GB Women group photo May 2021
 
GB Men group photo May 2021
 

Current members of the Great Britain squad were presented their caps
during the recent FIH Hockey Pro League matches in London.

Images courtesy of GB Hockey.

 

"I currently wear number 13, but I am merely looking after the number for the moment. 193 is my number and it always will be, which is incredibly special.

"A huge, huge thank you for the work you have done."

-- Ellie Rayer #193

             

Ellie Rayer GB cap crop

     

Jack Waller GB cap crop

    

"It was a real privilege and honour to receive my cap and it is incredible to have a tangible representation of one of the proudest moments of my life.

"I can't even begin to imagine the work that has gone into making this project happen but I, the rest of the GB Men's squad and I'm sure everybody capped by GB truly appreciate it. A massive thank you."

-- Jack Waller #365

 

Great Britain Chief Operating Officer Nick Pink said:

“Everyone involved should be hugely proud of their efforts to bring this work together for the good of the sport.

“We are immensely grateful to The Hockey Museum and all the volunteers who have spent thousands of hours producing a high-quality historical record of all men and women who have represented GB alongside their individual player records.

“With the Tokyo Games almost upon us, this is a perfect time to be sharing this piece of work and congratulations to everyone who played a part.”

Mike Smith, Curator of The Hockey Museum said:

“We are very proud of what we’ve done, it’s been an amazing project all carried out by volunteers. We’ve created a legacy for our sport which previously did not exist.”

 

 

https://youtu.be/jnUdp3wWEcs


Watch behind-the-scenes footage as the GB squads receive their honours caps from current GB Hockey President Sheila Morrow and former President Richard Leman.

 

https://youtu.be/9QADGijNtvk


Curator, Mike Smith discusses the extensive statistical research project undertaken by volunteers at The Hockey Museum, which led to the awarding of honours caps and unique player numbers to the GB squads.

 

Former GB Players

If you are a former Great Britain player or know of one, and if you would like more information on caps or the Hockey Internationals Club, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

Bridget Cannell cap presentation 01
 
Bridget Cannell's daughter, Tracy French, and son, Mike Cannell, received their mother's honours cap from former Great Britain internationals Jan Burrows (former England captain, second left) and Mary Eckersall (former England & GB captain, far right).

 

The Great Britain (GB) caps initiative – an ongoing project to recognize the achievements of current and former GB international players by awarding them honours caps – is a direct product of The Hockey Museum’s (THM) wider National Playing Statistics Project. It continues to uncover amazing and emotional stories.

Other articles can be found on our website (click here and here), but the most recent presentation was to the family of the late Bridget Cannell. Bridget was a member of the very first GB women’s team which toured the USA in 1965.

 

GBIITS SQUAD ON USA TOUR 1965
 

The Great Britain & Ireland Touring Team of 1965.

Back row: Jennie Braham (England); Joan Horne (Ireland); Maureen Short (E); Helen Weir (Scotland); Bridget Cannell (E); Thelma Hopkins (I); Valerie Sinclair (S).
Sitting: Mary Hyland (Wales); Janice Mitchell (S); Joyce Hunter (S); Mrs Hopkins, Manager (I); Nan Thomas (W); Ellen Toulson (E); Helen O’Neil (I).
Kneeling: Barbara Stacey (W); Janet Morgan (W).

 

Being a member of that first ever GB team made Bridget women’s GB player number 6. The next GB team was not formed until the late 1970s meaning she only ever won the two caps from that tour. She did win England caps in this era but that is another story entirely. The plot thickens further because originally this USA tour was not recorded in any British records. None of the British players who participated were recorded as having won international caps. On the other hand, the USA did count the games as full internationals and with THM compiling the GB match records as part of its statistics project, it seemed obvious that these matches had to be recognised.

Tracing all of the players from this 1965 tour has proved an interesting and as yet incomplete exercise, but we are getting there. Indeed, tracing all of the 581 men and women players who have ever represented GB hockey is a major task. We estimate that about 150 will have passed away and this is backed by actuarial tables. For those who have died we are endeavouring to make contact with their families and Bridget Cannell is a case in point.

Having made contact with Bridget’s daughter Tracy French, we looked to set up a presentation. Making the contact with Tracy was an amazing piece of detective work by Katie Dodd (ex Met Police!) who, supported by a number of THM’s other volunteers, used many contacts to track down Bridget’s family in Cumbria. Once the contact was made, Tracy and her family became very keen to see her mother honoured and her achievements remembered. With national Covid restrictions in place the event was held at Tracy’s home with her family, her brother and her aunt who was Bridget’s sister. We arranged for former GB international players Jan Burrows (former England captain) and Mary Eckersall (former England & GB captain) to attend and present the cap. Also in attendance were Tracy’s cousins who have played hockey in Windermere, so the hockey connection continues.

Sadly, the Cumbrian weather did not play its part on the day but an emotional and joyful presentation was not dampened. Jan and Mary were very pleased and proud to present the cap on behalf of Great Britain Hockey and THM; it is fair to say that the whole family were truly moved to receive Bridget’s cap. Jan and Mary had never met the family before the presentation but at the end of an amazing afternoon Mary said that she almost felt part of the Cannell family.

 

Bridget Cannell cap presentation 03      Bridget Cannell cap presentation 04
     
 From left to right: Jan Burrows, Tracy French, Tricia Mossop (Bridget Cannell's sister), and Mary Eckersall.   Not even inclement weather could dampen the spirits during a wonderful day celebrating Bridget Cannell's hockey achievements.

 

Tracy wrote to the Museum after the presentation:

“Yesterday was perfect. The gathering of a group of people to remember one person brings you all very close to the presence of who they were, perhaps even more so yesterday as I looked at Jan and Mary and saw determined women made with the same strength and resilience as Mum. The cap is beautifully made and will be treasured … This has been a delightful journey that kept our spirits up during Covid lockdown and started conversations about Mum that I wouldn’t have had.”

This whole story gives truth to the strength of the 'Hockey Family'. We now look forward to arranging the presentation of honours caps to Jan and Mary and to the hundreds of other GB players.

Mirror Sporting Heritage

 

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The Hockey Museum (THM) enjoys a close and fruitful working relationship with Sporting Heritage, the subject-specialist network that supports the collection, preservation, access to and research of sporting collections in the UK.

Arising from this, THM was recently offered the opportunity to feature in a national newspaper editorial promoting the diverse wealth of sporting heritage in the UK. We seized this opportunity with both hands and the editorial appeared last weekend in The Daily Mirror travel supplement.

To read the editorial and familiarise yourself with some of our fellow sporting heritage institutions, please click the PDF icon.

The culmination of The Hockey Museum’s (THM) project to create definitive playing records for Great Britain (GB) international hockey players matches will be the presentation of honours caps to every player with whom we can make contact.

We can now state with confidence that 578 men and women have represented Great Britain since the first outing at the Antwerp Olympic Games in 1920. Of this figure 368 of them are men, the disparity between the numbers of men and women being because women’s hockey was only introduced into the Olympic programme in 1980.

 

Honours Cap Awards

THM has so far made the following awards of GB honours caps. If some of the cap totals of these former players seem small in comparison to today, it is because there were many fewer international matches played in years gone by.

 

John Peake GB cap 01

 

John Peake

7 GB caps; debut in 1948.

John played in the 1948 Olympic Games when GB won the silver medal. He is now the only surviving member of that team. We are pleased to report that John is very fit and well and living in a care home in West London. We were not able to make an official hockey presentation because of the ongoing Covid-19 situation (in January 2021), so the Manager of the home, Gayane Selimyan, was truly delighted to present the cap on hockey’s behalf, as John is a very popular resident.

The cap includes John’s record of his debut in 1948, his having played seven times for GB and that he was the 44th player to represent Great Britain.

 

Colin Dickie Dale GB cap award

 

Colin Dale

4 GB caps; debut in 1956.

Colin Dale played for GB in the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games and was capped 36 times for Wales.

Owing to Covid restrictions (in April 2021), Colin received his cap at his home in Lincolnshire from his son Graham, who is himself a former Minor Counties cricketer with Huntingdonshire.

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