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In these troubling times we find hockey and daily life disrupted in unprecedented ways: domestic seasons have gone unfinished; national and global events have been postponed; families and friends are enduring physical disconnect in ways not experienced for generations. And yet through all this the ‘hockey family’ has risen to the occasion. Moments of light-hearted frivolity and community spirit have defied the present situation to reveal the power of hockey to bring people together and raise spirits, even when we cannot physically meet.

The Hockey Museum (THM) is launching a campaign to collect and record the impact of coronavirus on hockey nationally and globally, from grassroots to elite level, as well as hockey’s role in combatting the subsequent separation and upheaval. This will ensure that future generations can learn about and understand the strange and unsettling period through which we are currently living.

The campaign is made up of two exciting strands:

  1. Collecting contemporary physical and digital material; and
  2. A time capsule activity pack for children (scroll to the bottom of the page).

Please share this as loudly and as widely as you can!


Contemporary Collecting   #CollectingCOVID

THM’s coronavirus collecting covers both physical and digital material across some of the following areas:

  • Memorabilia or archival material relating to Tokyo 2020 or Easter festivals that is now redundant, including design work and concept art that won’t now see the light of day.
  • Fundraising by hockey players of any level for the NHS, essential workers or similar COVID-19 related causes.
  • The experiences of ‘hockey family’ medical personnel (doctors, nurses, physiotherapists etc.) during the pandemic.
  • How hockey players, clubs and associations have responded/adapted to the coronavirus disruption including:
    • The domestic season finishing early;
    • Tours and festivals being cancelled;
    • Annual/anniversary dinners being cancelled;
    • AGMs being rescheduled or embracing technology to hold these digitally.
  • Digital connectivity during the pandemic:
    • Methods and examples of players and clubs managing to stay in touch remotely and keep positive, connected and active.
    • Original footage of coronavirus-related digital content, e.g. social media posts such as the club keepy-up loo roll challenge montages, Sam Ward’s Isolation Olympics etc.
  • Oral histories relating to the above areas of contemporary collecting.

In addition, THM is also searching for material related to the previously cancelled Olympic Games: Berlin 1916, Tokyo 1940 (which briefly became Helsinki 1940), and London 1944.

Please get in touch by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have anything relevant to donate. Engage with the wider #CollectingCOVID movement on social media.

THMTimeCapsule Social Media image

THM Time Capsule   #THMTimeCapsule

The Hockey Museum has created the THM Time Capsule pack for children and families, which is free to download as a printable PDF by clicking the PDF icon to the right. It has been designed to use minimal ink.

Encourage your children to complete the activities so that they can reflect back on their situation, thoughts and feelings when they are older.

Please scan and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the completed pack to THM so we can record it. Keep the original for you and your children to enjoy. And be sure to share these efforts with THM on social media using the hashtag: #THMTimeCapsule

hockey stick question markDiscover The Hockey Museum's quizzes, which are
published regularly on Friday afternoons.

Click one of the categories below to see that type of quiz:

More quiz categories will be created going forwards.

Honours caps are caps that are presented to individuals or teams to commemorate or mark a special occasion, or reward a special achievement. Historically these have been issued in various sports and are considered a highly valued item by its holder.

The evolution of the modern game of hockey occurred during the Victorian era, with the creation of real leisure time brought about by changes in legislation between 1833 and 1847. The formation of works teams began, with the influence of their public school educated management. The awarding of player-issued sporting caps at public schools had been common place for some time and was now beginning to surface in these new clubs, being formed outside of the public schools and colleges with the influence of their ex-pupils.

With the information currently available to us, we know that the awarding of caps to hockey players at club and international level can be traced back to at least the time of the first international matches in 1895. This is not to say that they were not awarded prior to this, but documented records regarding these early days of hockey are often sketchy at best. Our journey to identify the early caps at all levels has only just begun and we will continue to update this page as the history unfolds.


Caps Ireland Mens Hockey Team 1895       Caps Wales 1898 
The first Ireland hockey team 1895 – with caps.
Courtesy of the Irish Hockey Archives.
  Picture of the Wales Hockey Team from
Hockey magazine, 4 March 1898.


Today, to be capped is an expression used as a measure of how many times someone has played for a particular team. The awarding of physical caps does not take place every time and is often an award, akin to a trophy, for milestone appearances.


Caps Ireland 50 Cap

Ireland 50 game hockey cap.

Courtesy of the Irish Hockey Archive.


The frequency of issuing at different times in history, at different levels of the sport and in different countries varies considerably; we are on a mission to document as much of this information as we can. As an example, the Irish hockey team began issuing caps to players at their first game in 1895. If they played in subsequent years then these years would be embroidered on the original cap. Nowadays, they only issue caps for landmark achievements, e.g. 50, 100 or 200 caps.


Player-Issued Caps At The Hockey Museum.

The Hockey Museum (THM) currently has a small but growing selection of caps which we are keen to build upon.

We are also keen to find out more about the history of these often undocumented items and have embarked on a programme to find out more details of when and why caps were issued by both international and local teams.

Cap Reverend William Edwyn Jones Wales 1906

Wales cap awarded to Rev. WE Jones in 1906.
Research has proven that Wales played hockey in green in their formative years.

Recent endeavours have led us to the discovery of an early Wales international hockey cap. With early photographs being in black and white, and little known written information about them, it has taken some time to verify that it was awarded for hockey. Both staff and volunteers at The Hockey Museum, with assistance from Hockey Wales have allowed us to clarify this and bring this item to its rightful home at the museum.

The cap was awarded to Reverend William Edwyn Jones who won his first cap for Wales on 10 Feb 1906 and last cap on 8 March 1913. Please contact us for more information on this cap and details of its provenance.

Below are some other examples of caps currently residing in the museum’s collection, showing both older caps as well as more modern ones.


Caps Midland Counties 01        Caps Midland Counties 02 
   Two Midland Counties Hockey Association caps, from THM collection.



Caps Maggie Souyave 01        Caps Maggie Souyave 02 
 Two caps awarded to Maggie Souyave in honour of her England appearances, from THM collection.


We are keen to increase this collection to gain more information about caps that colleges, clubs and national teams have issued during their history.

If you have any caps or information and would like to share this with us, or if you have any caps that you would consider donating, please contact THM's caps expert This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Leaving a legacy is the most personal donation an individual can give and it will make a huge difference to our work. It is very simple to leave The Hockey Museum (THM) a legacy gift as you can easily add a legacy to your existing Will using a codicil. We recommend that you consult a legal advisor or your solicitor to help you write or update your Will.

Legacy bequests to registered charities are free from Capital Gains Tax and Inheritance Tax and recent changes mean that if you leave 10% or more of your estate to a registered charity then Inheritance Tax will only be 36% of the remainder of your estate.

THM is always keen to discuss potential legacy donations and build positive and mutually beneficial relationships with donors. Please contact THM's Head of Fundraising Philip Kimberley (through our contact form) to express your interest.

Do You Want To Donate Any Archive Material Or Artefacts To The Museum?

The Hockey Museum (THM) is keen to hear from anyone who has objects or archival material relating to the history and heritage of hockey and would like to find a safe home for them. This could be anything from a collection of books to a box of club records, from original hockey boots to old fixture cards, from scrapbooks of hockey tours to matchday programmes, from club or international kit to a reel of old cine-film depicting hockey matches.

See the Artefacts and Archives section of the website for more information on the type of material THM collects and to download the Museum's Collections Development Policy.

We have a growing collection of hockey paraphernalia and official records that have been kindly donated to us by hockey supporters from around the world, yet the story of our sport is far from complete. We know that many interesting items of hockey heritage has been lost over the years and THM wants to ensure that from now on, all those boxes of hockey records, kit, trophies and other gems get offered to the Museum rather than ending up in a skip.

If you would like to donate items to THM or discuss loaning items to THM, please contact us through our online form. The Hockey Museum will only consider loans in, in exceptional circumstances.


Obituaries: An Introduction

This features page contains obituaries, previously appearing in the News section of the website, of persons who have made a significant contribution to hockey’s history. They are all people who have been in the forefront of innovation in the sport. This section of the website is the go-to location to...

Audrey Appleby, 1924-2020

Audrey Appleby, 1924-2020

  Joyce Clarke, Audrey Appleby (centre) and Barbara Walkerat Ramsgate Easter Festival with Ealing LHC, 1950s.   30.05.1924 – 19.04.2020 The Hockey Museum is saddened by the news of the recent death of Audrey Appleby. Still in excellent health, Audrey took a fall at home and after a short illness died...

Balbir Singh Dosanjh, 1923-2020

Balbir Singh Dosanjh, 1923-2020

       31.12.1923 – 25.5.2020 An Obituary Appreciation of Balbir Singh Senior.By Nikhilesh Bhattacharya, THM volunteer. Balbir Singh Dosanjh, who died aged 96 in Mohali, India on Monday, was arguably the greatest hockey player of the twentieth century. A fearless, goal-poaching centre-forward par excellence, Balbir was an integral part...

Barbara West, 1913-2014

Barbara West, 1913-2014

It is with great sadness that The Hockey Museum (THM) reports the death of Barbara West, who died last month aged 100. Born on 9 November 1913, she died five days short of 101st birthday. Known to all as ‘Bar’, she was an outstanding servant of women’s hockey for over...

Baroness Rachael Heyhoe Flint, 1939-2017

Baroness Rachael Heyhoe Flint, 1939-2017

I was very saddened by the recent announcement of the death of Rachael Heyhoe Flint. Having listened to the many tributes on the TV and radio and read the extensive newspaper coverage on front, media, sports and obituaries pages, you could be in no doubt that Rachael was not only...

Betty (Shelly) Shellenberger, 1921-2019

Betty (Shelly) Shellenberger, 1921-2019

08.08.1921 – 30.12.2019 The Hockey Museum (THM), along with the sporting world, is mourning the passing of Betty Shellenberger, 98. Betty was a legend in American field hockey and lacrosse through much of the 1900s. Known to friends as ‘Shelly’, she first picked up a hockey stick at the age of...

Bill Colwill OBE, 1930-2016

Bill Colwill OBE, 1930-2016

Bill Colwill (right) receives the Doug Gardner Award in 2007.   Bill Colwill OBE, 15 October 1930–13 November 2016 Tributes from the hockey family around the world have poured in following the death of Bill Colwill, aged 86, at the weekend. In a hockey career spanning over six decades Bill...

Cecilia Reid, 1925-2018

Cecilia Reid, 1925-2018

    Left: Irish Junior Cup-winning team, 1950. Cecil Reid: front row, fourth from left / second from right.Right: Cecil Reid with badge inserted above her profile, programme from the World Cup in Vancouver, 1979.   09.09.1925 – 07.08.2018 Cecilia (Cecil) Reid (née Kelly), the former Irish Ladies Hockey President and long-time Irish selector...

Charles Randall, 1948 – 2020

Charles Randall, 1948 – 2020

  We are saddened to report the passing of Charles Randall, Chair of the Hockey Writers’ Club (HWC), who has died aged 71 after suffering from pneumonia. His career as a sports journalist began at the sports desk of the Herts Advertiser in the ‘70s before joining the Daily Telegraph...

Christopher Todd, 1946-2018

Christopher Todd, 1946-2018

Christopher Todd. Image provided to THM by Christoper Todd prior to his passing. 05.05.1946 – 16.08.2018 We have all been saddened by the news that Christopher passed away on Thursday 16 August 2018. His family were at his side. His association with and contribution to hockey and especially to hockey...

Etienne Glichitch, 1926-2016

It is with great sadness that the International Hockey Federation learned of the death of Etienne Glichitch at the age of 90 years. The Frenchman was the Honorary Secretary of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) from 1966 until 1984, when he became President, a post which he held until 1996....

Gerald Wilkinson, 1934-2017

"Chasing tomorrow’s horizons with yesterday’s legs”   Gerald Wilkinson, 01.09.1934-17.04.2017 The Hockey Museum is saddened to report the passing of Gerald Wilkinson, an English pioneer of Masters and Grand Masters hockey, aged 82, after a year-long battle with leukaemia and motor neurone disease. A chartered surveyor, his hockey career spanned...

Graham Wilson, 1952-2016

Graham Wilson, 1952-2016

Graham Wilson (photo credit, Dil Bahra) It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Graham Wilson on Saturday 20 February. Graham, the Chairman of the Hockey Writers' Club, had a life-long involvement in hockey as journalist, player (for Havering HC), supporter and father of two hockey playing children....

Ian Roberts, 1953-2018

Ian Roberts, 1953-2018

12.11.1953 – 29.07.2018 This article was written to celebrate the life of Ian Roberts, otherwise known as ‘Robbo’ or ‘Weeble’. He was a huge character in the hockey world and a founding member of the hockey family. Ian was born on 12 November 1953 and started playing hockey as a teenager....

Jan ‘JB’ Brittin, 1959-2017

Jan ‘JB’ Brittin, 1959-2017

Jan Britten (red) in the European Clubs Championship in Frankfurt, 1990.Image courtesy of Katie Dodd. The Hockey Museum was saddened by the news of the untimely death of Janette Britten, known to everyone as JB. The media has understandably had extensive coverage of her cricketing achievements but for many in...

Jaswinder (Jas) Singh Missan, 1941-2019

Jaswinder (Jas) Singh Missan, 1941-2019

30.01.1941 – 30.06.2019 Jaswinder (Jas) Singh Missan, the former Kenyan international, died yesterday morning (Sunday) following a stroke at his home in Chatham, Kent, England. He was aged 78. Jas was born on 30 January 1941 in Mombasa, Kenya. He was educated at Alidina Visram High School and Mombasa Technical High School....

John Cockett, 1927 – 2020

We are saddened to learn of the passing of John Cockett, an Olympic hockey medallist and talented cricketer, aged 92. Cockett was a member of the Great Britain (GB) hockey team which won a bronze medal at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, beating Pakistan 2-1, before finishing fourth four years later...

John Cranwell, 1936-2014

John Cranwell, a former Chairman of the Great Britain Hockey Board and past president of the Welsh Hockey Association, has died at the age of 78. He served on the Great Britain Hockey Board during its challenging times in the 1980s which culminated in Olympic gold in 1988. He was very involved...

Kate Billson

Kate Billson

It is sad to note that Kate Billson died peacefully on Monday 27 January at Glenfield Hospital, Leicester following a short illness as a result of lung cancer. Kate became extremely well known in the men’s and boys’ game and she spent many years helping the development and progress of...

Liz Chase, 1950-2018

Liz Chase, 1950-2018

The Hockey Museum is saddened to hear of the death of Liz Chase, a member of the Zimbabwean women's hockey team that won the gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. The Zimbabwe team, nicknamed the 'Golden Girls', only knew they were competing thirty-five days before the start of the...

Lt Commander Alan Walker RN, 1943-2017

Lt Commander Alan Walker RN, 1943-2017

Lt Commander Alan Walker RN receiving a painting of HMS Victory at the time of the Royal Navy centenary.   Although we knew Alan was very ill, his death on the 17 February came with great sadness to all his friends at The Hockey Museum and throughout the hockey world....

Melvyn Pignon née Hickey, 1930-2016

Melvyn Pignon née Hickey, 1930-2016

Melvyn Pignon who has died at the age of 86 was possibly the best known woman hockey player of her generation. She first played at Kidderminster High School in Worcestershire and went on to train as a PE teacher at Lady Mabel College of Physical Education, beginning her teaching career...

Nancy Tomkins, 1914-2012

09.10.1914 – 30.12.2012 Nancy Tomkins, in her heyday a well known and respected hockey correspondent for The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and the magazine Hockey Field for many years, died at the age of 98. She had a stroke just before Christmas 2012, rallied, but passed away on 30 December....

Pam Parker OBE, 1929-2019

Pam Parker OBE, 1929-2019

Pam Parker receiving the Freedom of the City of Leicester fromthe Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, on behalf of Leicester Ladies HC.   Pam Parker OBE, 1929–29 May 2019 The Hockey Museum is saddened by news of the death of Pam Parker. Pam was a long-time servant of hockey for over...

Peter Savage, 1947-2017

Peter Savage, 1947-2017

It is with great sadness that The Hockey Museum records the untimely death of one of its greatest supporters and friends. Peter has given so much to hockey and he had hoped to do so much more. He accepted the inevitability of his illness with amazing bravery and even humour....

Robin Forbes Willmott DL, 1926 -2017

Robin Forbes Willmott DL, 1926 -2017

  Robin Willmott   Obituary Over the years, Southgate Hockey Club has had a number of very dedicated members, who have helped to make Southgate Hockey Club the great club that it is today. Robin Willmott was one of them. Robin joined the club in 1948 after National Service in...

Roger Self OBE, 1939-2017

Roger Self OBE, 1939-2017

Roger Self OBE with THM's Evelyn Somerville at Champions Trophy 2016.   Roger Self OBE, who led Britain's men's team to Olympic gold in 1988, died at home on Monday 5 June. He had been suffering from inclusion body myositis for the last 12 years. He was 77. His wife...

Tony Johnson, 1949-2020

Tony Johnson, 1949-2020

27.2.1949 – 25.5.2020 The name of Anthony William Johnson was never likely to be found in hockey’s national record books, and his portrait was never destined for any Hall of Fame, but Tony Johnson was undoubtedly one of those unsung heroes and club legends upon whom our great sport depends....


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