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a hewes2013 closed with the sad news that Audrey Hewes died on 17 December; news that was all the more stunning as just four days before she was her usual chirpy self at our museum Christmas lunch.

A larger than life character, Audrey was known and liked throughout the hockey world. Wherever there was a hockey event, Audrey was there. She will be so sadly missed.

Closer to home, Audrey was Ashford Hockey Club and I was Staines, two local rival clubs who were not always on the friendliest of terms, yet Audrey was someone who could bring peace and friendship to such occassionally difficult situations.

She was a lovely lady who imbued the true meaning of sport. She was a delightful, enthusiastic colleague at the Museum, always cheerful and smiling and it definitely won't be the same without her. We will miss that lovely Leicester accent!
Other tributes can be found on the England Hockey website and the Ashford HC site.

Audrey's cremation will be on Tuesday 14 January 2014 at 12.40pm at Hanworth Crematorium, Hounslow Road, Hanworth, Middlesex TW13 5JH.

There will be a reception for all afterwards at Sunbury Sports/Hockey Club, Court Meadow, Lower Hampton Road, Sunbury-on-Thames TW16 5PS. Flowers or donations (probably to the Diabetics Association) will be accepted and further details will be forwarded once the arrangements are confirmed. The idea at present is to forward the flowers after the event to a care home where a friend of Audrey and Robin's (Audrey's husband) is residing.

Following the autopsy on Monday of this week, the cause of death was established as a sudden and virulent attack of lobar pneumonia that got into three lobes of her lungs.

To donate in memory of Audrey please visit the Lodge Brothers website and donate using Audrey's name.

Mike Smith, December 2013

p rowleyNational Hockey Museum Trustee and hockey writer Patrick John Phillip Rowley turns 80 this Sunday (1.12.2013).

One of the most senior hockey writers in the world, Pat has been involved in hockey since he first played for Hounslow in 1948 and reported for the Middlesex Chronicle, his local newspaper, on the London 1948 Olympic Games. At the London 2012 Olympic Games, he achieved a unique double after covering his second London Olympics, 64 years after his first.

Pat is one of six trustees who set up the The Hockey Museum two years ago.

Pat, who first joined The Guardian newspaper in 1950 as a tea boy, worked his way up to become the newspaper’s hockey correspondent for over 40 years. As well as reporting for The Guardian, The Sunday Times and Sunday Express, The Telegraph and The Observer, Pat was also a presenter of a sports program at the London Broadcasting Centre (LBC) for a while.

Pat has been the Public Relations and Promotions director for the International Hockey Federation (FIH) for a number of years. He was the founder member and Editor of the FIH Newsletter in 1969 and editor of World Hockey from June 1969 to April 1991. He was awarded the FIH Order of Merit in 1987.

Pat has reported on every Olympics since 1948 and has reported all twelve World Cups to date. Last year during the London Olympic Games, Pat was among a handful of journalists worldwide honoured by the International Sports Press Association for having reported on more than ten summer Olympics. He was presented with a replica Olympic torch by Olympian and IOC member Kip Keino.

Pat is a past Chairman of the Hockey Writers Club, past Chairman of the AIPS Hockey Commission and a past co-opted member of the FIH Media and Communication Committee. He is also the author of The Book of Hockey published in 1964.

Pat, a qualified Hockey Association Coach, still coaches disabled hockey players.

A leading and well-respected personality worldwide in hockey press circles, his knowledge on the game is well known and respected and called upon on a daily basis.

Dil Bahra, December 2013

Victorian2Freddie Martin, a year five hockey player, is doing a School project on Victorian hockey (the School project is Victorians). As part of his research he contacted The Hockey Museum and attended the open day at the Museum on Thursday 3 October 2013.

Freddie had the added bonus of meeting England Hockey 'Greats' Maggie Souyave and Simon Mason. He was delighted to put Simon's three Olympic Games' player passes around his neck.

He tried out a Victorian-era hockey stick and was able to take quite a few photos for his project from the Museum Library. He was not shy of asking questions!

We look forward to seeing his completed project and would be delighted to assist any other pupils/students doing hockey projects.

This was another very successful Open Day at the Museum.

Dil Bahra, October 2013



Whilst the collections within The Hockey Museum continue to grow every week, we are lacking in the goalkeeping department. In the main, we are looking for equipment from the 'leather' era.

We do not have a single example of gloves or chest protectors. We would be very interested in anything that pre-dates the 1980s. Moreover, we do not possess a single face mask or an early helmet.

There must be some of this equipment lurking somewhere in a garage, loft or clubhouse. If so, please send it to us or, better still, arrange to deliver it and see what we are up to at the Museum.

Mike Smith, August 2013

2014 marks the centenary of the start of the First World War and is the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings. Whilst the playing of organised hockey was largely suspended during both World Wars, many, if not most, hockey players of these periods were involved in the conflicts in one way or another, be they men or women.

At The Hockey Museum we feel that the stories, actions and heroics of our hockey players should be recorded as part of the rich tapestry of our sport and especially in the anniversary year of 2014.

We are already aware of a few stories, but there must be hundreds, if not thousands, of stories to be told. Please help us to compile this fascinating part of hockey’s history by letting us know of anything that we could include.

It does not have to be bravery on the battlefield, although we hope to hear of some of these. Hockey continued to be played, albeit rather ad hoc. For instance, we know that well over 20,000 copies of the Rules of Hockey were sold during WW2.

Does anyone have recollections of matches played? Did a pitch get bombed? Who cared for the pitches and how? Was any hockey played recreationally in the Services as football certainly was?

By Mike Smith, August 2013

AGPressToday’s visitor to the Museum was Eric Weil, the senior hockey correspondent in Argentina.

British-born Weil emigrated to Argentina in 1951 and immediately wrote for The Standard, an English language paper, and from 1957 for the Buenos Aires Herald and Associated Press.

In the past seven decades he has covered hockey tournaments world-wide and still writes weekly on the domestic game.

Weil is in the UK on his annual visit and was keen to include a visit to the Museum.

He said: "It’s a great idea and, as the first in the world, it will hopefully see others set up in other countries. The extensive library particularly impressed me. I am writing a history of Argentine hockey and will send a copy when it is finally published."

Mike Haymonds, August 2013

FIH4At the recent Hockey World League event at Chiswick the International Hockey Ferderation (FIH) CEO, Kelly Fairweather, visited the The Hockey Museum (THM) stand and was clearly impressed with what he saw. In brief discussions, at a very busy event, Kelly said he would like to visit the Museum as soon as possible.

This pledge was kept when Kelly, accompanied by Melanie Wilmore, Head of the FIH Executive Office, visited Woking on 16 July, only a fortnight after Chiswick.

In their half-day visit they were shown round the many aspects of the Museum by Katie Dodd and Mike Smith. They spent a long time looking at the many and different collections. They were clearly impressed and perhaps one comment in particular summed it up: "Thank goodness somebody was motivated enough to 'just do it' rather than lament it not being done".

In some three hours of discussion it was clear that there is much common ground. The FIH are clearly committed to the heritage and history of our sport. We discussed several areas of potential co-operation and it is likely that THM will be providing a permanent historical display in the FIH offices in Lausanne, Switzerland. It is also hoped that we can help with the Hockey Display at the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Olympic Museum which is also in Lausanne. As a matter of historical fact the original hockey display at the Olympic Museum was set up by our Curator, Mike Smith, some twenty years ago, long before THM became a reality.

Many other topics were discussed, although one area of real common interest was the compiling of complete and reliable records of international hockey. We could be working very closely on this. When asked what the FIH could do for THM we replied, "Help us create a greater awareness of what we are doing and stop the constant haemorrhaging of valuable material".

This meeting could prove to be one of the most important we have had in our short existence and it is truly reassuring to know that our world governing body is clearly supportive of what we are doing.

Mike Haymonds, July 2013

The Polytechnic Sports Ground in Chiswick, where the Investec World Womens League Semi-Finals are being played this week, was one of three venues used for the preliminery matches during the 1948 London Olympic Games.

The famous pavilion, as seen in these two photographs is still there, although extended in 1960.


Poly2The Ground hosted seven matches during the Olympics, including Great Britain's 11-0 win over the USA on 5 August 1948.

The Guinness Ground and Lyons' Ground were the other two venues used for the preliminery matches. The Semi-Finals and the Final were played at Wembley Stadium.

The Polytechnic Sports Ground nearly became the home of Hockey in the 1980s. An application to build a National Hockey Centre at Chiswick in July 1980 was initially refused but following a successful appeal it was granted. However, the Hockey Association decided to hold the Hockey World Cup in Willesden in 1986 and found Milton Keynes to be a better option. The rest, as they say, is history.

Dil Bahra, June 2013

The Hockey Museum stand at the Investec World Women's League Semi-Final played host to an important visitor yesterday evening when the Sports Minister, Hugh Robertson, found time in his very busy schedule to have a look around.

Escorted by Philip Kimberley, the England Hockey Board Chairman, he asked to visit during the half-time interval of the England v. Italy match.

As a hockey player himself, he was particularly interested in the timeline of sticks that were on display. Museum volunteer Marcus Wardle was able to explain their development through the 150 years that the modern game of hockey has been played and he even had a go at showing off his skills with a 1950s 'english head' stick (pictured).

MinisterHugh Robertson was also fascinated by the news item showing that international women’s hockey was the first team sport to be televised by the BBC, from The Oval cricket ground in 1938, as a trial for televising cricket that summer.

When Mike Smith, the Museum curator, showed a photo of the 1914 England women’s team, as an example of the uniform that was worn by England at that time, the Minister was baffled as to how the players could run about wearing such a weight of skirt. Smith was also able to show a page of autographs that has recently come to light in Australia, of the England team who were touring down under that year.

The Minister emphasised the importance of retaining an understanding of how a sport like hockey has developed and commented that we had assembled a fascinating insight into hockey’s past.

He wished us well in our plans to build on our current achievements.

Dil Bahra, June 2013



Joan Wall, a former England women’s international, has made a generous donation to The Hockey Museum. She visited the Investec World League Semi-Final at Chiswick today and on arriving at the Museum’s display stand there, handed over a cheque for £1,000.

Joan, who represented England 14 times in the late 50s, said, "Hockey is a fantastic sport. It has been a big part of my life. I've had so much from the game; I want to put something back".

Joan who was inspired by her gym school teacher when aged 13-14, played for Bromley Grammar School in 1949-50 and Orpington Club between 1950-52. She reprented Kent in 1951 and in 1961 Joan formed Sherwood Junior Club, one of the earliest Junior Clubs before getting involved in indoor hockey.

"I think The Hockey Museum is really wonderful; a great initiative. It is good to see everything collected and at one place available for display for everyone to see", added Joan.

This is the Museum's second donation, the Miroy family having donated £3,000 in October last year.

The Hockey Museum is a charitable trust and relies solely on donations.

Dil Bahra, June 2013

Luc1Luciana Aymar visited The Hockey Museum (THM) stand at Chiswick yesterday, following Argentina's 4-0 win over Italy in their final Pool A match at the Investec World League Semi-Final. Luciana is the only player in history to receive the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Player of the Year Award seven times and is considered the best female player of all time.

Luciana tried her hand on a few sticks from the past on display and signed the Argentina Miniature stamp sheet featuring her which was on the stamps display at the stand. ESBN took the opportunity of filming her visit and later interviewed her outside Luc3THM stand.

The stand has been very popular with spectators, players and officials who are evidently fancinated with the items on display.

Dil Bahra, June 2013

Wimbledon Ladies Celebrate 125 Years

15 December 2014

Wimbledon Ladies' Hockey Club (WLHC), the oldest surviving ladies' hockey club in the world, celebrated their 125 years in style over the weekend of 27th and 28th of September. It began with a programme of matches followed by a traditional match tea of sandwiches and cake at the Wimbledon Club where...

First THM Quiz Winners

15 December 2014
First THM Quiz Winners

At this year’s London Investec Cup back in July, the Museum ran a quiz for the many school parties who visited the event and came on to the Museum stand. The school children were given a set of questions where all the answers could be found somewhere among the exhibits. We...

Mrs Belchamber, Miss Bettine And Miss Ellis

15 December 2014
Mrs Belchamber, Miss Bettine And Miss Ellis

I was in The Hockey Museum one Tuesday morning and was asked to look up some information to help answer an enquiry from a man researching his family tree, whose mother, Mrs Belchamber, played for England in the 1920s. He had some information and a letter dated 23 October 1920...

Lord Gets Off The Bench And Picks Up His Hockey Stick

14 November 2014

This article was spotted in a recent issue of the Scotland on Sunday newspaper. "The recent retired chairman of the Scottish Land Court, Lord McGhie, shows no signs of slowing down. Just a week or two after stepping down from his exalted position, the good Lord will be turning out in...

Robert Watson Collection

19 September 2014
Robert Watson Collection

The recently acquired Robert Watson collection contained three unusual items (pictured). Two are silver hallmarked pin badges from the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Olympics. The third is believed to be a cufflink from the 1948 London Games but we are missing its partner. Mike Haymonds, September 2014

Lost Collections: Bill Malherbe Of South Africa

07 September 2014

Probably the first real collector of hockey material was Bill Malherbe of South Africa, although the claim might be hotly contested if anyone knew what was in Ken Howells’s (of Teddington Hockey Club and Wales) collection. Sadly, his total and vast collection was thrown away shortly after his death, so...

Museum Stand At The Investec Cup

02 August 2014
Museum Stand At The Investec Cup

The Museum’s stand at the Investec London Cup held at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in the Olympic Park was a great success, attracting even more visitors than last year’s stand and proving a hit with adults and children alike. The display of sticks is always popular with...

The Cine Films Mystery

08 July 2014

The Museum has been given four large collections of hockey films which have been recorded on film reels. Rowena Shepherd, the Museum volunteer leading in this work, commented: “At the moment we really only know their titles. They are a mixture of films of hockey events and matches such as...

Investec London Cup, 9-13 July

01 July 2014

The Hockey Museum will have a stand at the Investec London Cup at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from 9-13 July. We very much hope that spectators at the tournament will come to see the exhibits on display which will include: Items...

Memories Of Wembley Stadium

23 June 2014
Memories Of Wembley Stadium

Nan William’s work to uncover the full history of the playing of hockey at Wembley Stadium continues and she has recently received some fascinating stories from former internationals Karen Brown, Sue Slocombe and Val Robinson. In an attempt to also find some local knowledge of this annual hockey event, she...

Even The Gods Played Hockey

20 June 2014
Even The Gods Played Hockey

This mosaic, an image of the god Pan from a Roman villa, was recently seen by The Hocket Museum volunteer Evelyn Somerville in the Archaeological Gardens at Paphos, Cyprus. It was created during the 3rd century AD.

Club Mugs

18 June 2014
Club Mugs

Now’s the time for a spring clean of your kitchen cupboards to find a new home for that old club mug or beer glass that you keep just in case or maybe for ‘old time's sake’. Well, The Hockey Museum can offer this club memento pride of place as we...

War Stories

09 June 2014
War Stories

The Hockey Museum calls for hockey military stories as the centenary of WW1 approaches. Click on the image for the full article.

Museum Volunteers Needed

27 March 2014

The Hockey Museum opened at the beginning of 2012 in splendid premises in Woking, Surrey. In two years it has come a long way in establishing itself as the leading institution for collecting, storing, archiving and researching the rich history and heritage of the sport of hockey. New collections arrive...

Let's Make A Date!

26 February 2014

When the English Hockey Association folded in 2002 was that the end of English hockey? Of course not. Early the following year a new association, England Hockey, arose, phoenix-like, from the ashes. And some time after that it was renamed the English Hockey Board. Clubs kept on playing and many...

How Old Is Your Club?

18 February 2014

How old is your club? Guildford Hockey Club were not really sure. They celebrated their 50th in 1975 on the understanding that they had started in 1925. Local club Woking then suggested that they might be older than that. Their club chairman, Chris Basly, contacted us and we had a...

The Oldest Club Archive

10 February 2014

Surbiton Hockey Club are not quite the oldest club in the world but they do have the oldest and most complete ‘club archive’; unless you know better, of course! Their minute books go back to 1874 together with copious press cuttings and a complete collection of their club newsletter from...

The Hockey Museum Visits FIH HQ In Lausanne

03 February 2014

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) are very impressed with what we are achieving at The Hockey Museum after their two top executives visited us at Woking last July. A special 'there-and-back-in-a-day' visit made us realise that they were serious. The FIH's mission statement includes a commitment to history and heritage...

20 years in Storage

02 February 2014

By Mike Smith Two collections that have arrived at the Museum have actually been with us for over twenty years. They were collections given to us as a ‘fledgling set-up’ but, with the loss of our first home in Milton Keynes, they were never updated and sorted. This fascinating job...

Initiatives To Promote The Museum

01 February 2014

By Mike Smith The NHM website will be "upgraded" in the near future as we have just about reached the capacity of the old one. Under the direction of our new Webmaster, Allan Jobling, and our Publicity Officer, Mike Haymonds, we are hopeful of significantly increasing the potential to share information and...

FIH President visits the Museum

25 January 2014
FIH President visits the Museum

By Mike Haymonds Leandro Negre, FIH President, made his first visit to the Museum on Wednesday and pronounced himself “very impressed” with what he saw after a guided tour with Chair of Trustees Katie Dodd and Curator Mike Smith. He spoke with many of the volunteers about the work they...

More Lost Collections

24 January 2014

When we met with Leandro Negre, President of the FIH, at the Hockey Writers’ Club Luncheon last year, he said: ”This haemorrhaging of historical hockey material has got to be stopped.” Yes, Leandro, but how do we stop it? Within an hour we learned that the collection put together by Don...

Hockey in Morocco

22 January 2014

The Museum has started researching the origins and development of hockey in North Africa as we already know that ‘hockey-like’ games have been played in many countries in this region for generations. We have images of a game called ‘Genna’ being played in Ethiopia (see item in December’s newsletter), ‘oggaf’...

The Wagstaffe/Miroy Trunk

21 January 2014
The Wagstaffe/Miroy Trunk

Whilst collecting the Miroy collection and helping to clear the house we came across this old trunk in the loft. With the name Wagstaffe on it we realised that it dated from Barbara’s father who founded the Folkestone Hockey Festival. It was through the Festival that Barbara and Nevil first...


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