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As competitions were very much frowned upon, certainly in Britain, up until the 1950s it could be that this earliest hockey trophy might be a rather modern piece of silverware. However, whilst officialdom may have frowned upon leagues and cups, the competitive hockey players certainly found ways of playing for points and cups.

Modern players might find it difficult to believe that, as recently as the 1960s, hockey was totally amateur and no reward whatsoever was allowed. Contravention of this would undermine a player’s amateur status and could see them barred from participation in hockey under the auspices of the governing Hockey Associations.

It is a fact that the successful England women’s team that attended the first Women’s Hockey World Cup in The Netherlands in 1948 had to smuggle their winners’ medals back in their luggage. The report in the women’s magazine of the day, Hockey Field, made no mention of a competition or medals and instead described it “a festival”. It has only really come to light in the last few years following the discovery of a medal in one of the players’ belongings.

The 1908 Olympics was the first international hockey competition but there are no trophies in the Olympics and, as the amateur status at that time was absolute, there was no problem with the players receiving medals. Incidentally, it is believed that only gold medals were awarded in 1908 as there is no evidence of silver or bronze ever existing.

There was competition in this pre-WW1 era though. In the women’s game, the publication Ladies Field put up a cup which was played for on a percentage basis of the clubs’ results. However, to take part your club could not be a member of the All England Women’s Hockey Association (AEWHA). This led to some confusion when we first discovered that one team, Merton LHC, had won this trophy multiple times. Merton, we presumed, hailed from south-west London; but we now know they were in fact from Dublin. This was pre-Partition of 1922 and the Ladies Field Cup embraced clubs from anywhere in the British Isles.

The men also enjoyed competition in this era, albeit within the Armed Forces. Britain had a lot of men under arms at this time and competitive sport was a good way to satisfy their combative needs. A lot of military trophies still exist and some have transferred into civilian competitions.

Hockive Fact 23 St Leonards TrophyPerhaps the most enduring competitions came about as a result of WW1 and the need to recruit millions of women into munitions and industry. It was deemed that sport would be good recreation for these women and various sports leagues were set up in many industrial centres throughout Britain. Some of these leagues still exist today and have celebrated their centenaries. They were so well organised that in the 1930s that they formed national teams and the England Ladies Hockey League Association played international matches against the other Home Countries – for trophies!

In summary, we cannot state with absolute conviction which is the oldest trophy in hockey. The Ladies Field Cup dates from the 1890s so could well be considered a contender for the oldest hockey trophy. We also know of a splendid shield trophy (c.1888) from St Leonards School in St Andrews, Scotland, which was awarded for 'Goals' – a hockey-like stick and ball game – and is still awarded today (right; reproduced with permission from St Leonards School, St Andrews). It is perhaps more accurately two silver trophies from the Calcutta Hockey Club, a tankard dated 1864 and a salver dated 1865, which are now held in the National Army Museum, London.

“But” I hear you say, “that predates organised hockey here in England – let alone out there in the Empire” – and you would be right. In this instance, the word ‘hockey’ on these trophies means ‘polo’, which is sometimes referred to as ‘hockey on horseback’. Nonetheless, we believe that these trophies are the oldest in the world to bear the word ‘hockey’!

It is a fact that many thousands of hockey players fought in WW1, many from the very start. However, the question of who was the first hockey player to die during the Great War may never be truly answered considering the unbelievable carnage that took place from day one.

It is possible that many of the fallen could have been hockey players but that this has not been picked up on before now. We can therefore only work on the information that has been uncovered. This indicates that Lt Charles Arthur Campbell of the 1st Battalion Cheshire Regiment was the first hockey player to die in WW1. He was killed on the 24 August 1914 and that evening his body was brought into the village of Audregnies by some pious Belgian civilians and buried close to the wall of the church there.

A fuller account appears in our Hockey Military Stories section here.

In 1951 the All England Women’s Hockey Association (AEWHA) arranged the first of its 41 London internationals to be played at the old Wembley Stadium. The programme for the day proudly announced that this was the first time a women’s team game had been played at the famous Empire Stadium.

In the early years of the event, the jealously guarded amateur status of hockey players prevented a trophy being awarded to the winners. But on Saturday 10th March 1984 England and Ireland met with a trophy on offer for the first time – the Tipp-Ex Trophy.

The AEWHA was founded in 1895 so it had taken 88 years for its first trophy to be introduced.

The only gap in the remarkable record of annual Wembley games was in 1970 when the condition of the Wembley pitch resulted in the match being transferred at short notice to the White City Stadium.

The records of international hockey, both men’s and women’s, are littered with many matches, the authenticity of which has been hotly debated over the decades. Conversely, there are many matches that have been played between ‘allegedly’ international teams that have not been recorded. This aspect of hockey’s history is one that has to be resolved before accurate national records can be finalised.

The Hockey Museum is currently compiling a list of these matches in the hope of delivering a definitive record sometime in the future.

However, there is one match that stands out in the records as being one that should not be there. It was during the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp where England won the Gold Medal. On their way to this success England had to play France. The French were not at all confident so they allegedly employed dubious tactics. As the story goes, they invited the England team out to dinner the night before with the intention of rendering the English players unable to perform properly. However, it was a case of ‘the biter being bit’ because it was the French who succumbed to the over-indulgence. This was to such an extent that the French did not even turn up the following day.

Whilst a ‘walkover’ is an acceptable conclusion it cannot be a result because no-one ever took to the field. The records show the match as a victory for England but with no score. The match is included in England’s records and eleven players are credited with caps for the game.

It is of course illogical for all this to be the case, certainly for players to get a ‘cap’ for a game that was never played and, if there were no players, how could there have been a match?

Founded in September 1893 and disbanded in 1907, it is safe to say that in the short period of its existence the Palmerston Hockey Club established a record which has never been surpassed by any other hockey club in the country. In six successive seasons the 1st XI only lost two matches out of one hundred and sixty played and in one of these seasons it scored one hundred and two goals with only seven goals scored against it. The two matches lost, each by a margin of one goal, were the Irish Senior Cup ties against Dublin University in 1901 and 1902.

Palmerston owed much of its greatness to the brothers Peterson – Jack and Walter, full backs; Nick, right half; Cecil, centre forward; Willie, inside left, and Bertie, outside right. Four had learned their hockey at Avoca School and all gained their green caps. Although four members of Palmerston figured on the first Irish International team that played against Wales in 1895, it was not until after the advent of the Petersons in 1899 that the club achieved its greatest successes.

So strong was the Palmerston team that in 1904 that the Irish selectors decided to place nine of the eleven in the field against England. The two remaining players were WM Johnstone of Three Rock Rovers, who took the place of B Peterson at outside right and was appointed Captain, and RB Douglas of Royal Hibernians, who filled the position of goalkeeper. The result justified the selector’s confidence as the team was victorious and Ireland won the Triple Crown for the first time.

A club whose first team remains practically unchanged for a number of years is bound in time to suffer from lack of new members, and this is what happened to Palmerston, whose numbers dwindled until, in 1907, it found itself unable to carry on and decided to disband. Some of its best players transferred to the Monkstown Club and assisted it to win the Irish Senior Cup, the blue riband of Irish hockey, a few years later.

This article is taken from the book Hockey in Ireland by TSC Dagg, published in 1944. Mr Dagg played for Ireland before WW1 and his son also played for Ireland in the mid 1930s.

Ireland has many claims to fame as far as hockey is concerned. The island’s traditional stick and ball game of Hurley can be dated back to very early times.

It is little surprise therefore that when the organised game of hockey began to appear in the second half of the nineteenth century, the Irish were particularly adept at it. In a year when Ireland will be playing in the Olympics and only for the second time, it must be remembered that both the Irish men and women featured in both of the first ever international hockey matches in 1895 and 1896 respectively. That is a deserved honour that many countries would covert.

An examination of the early years of Irish men’s hockey reveals a very interesting thread, that is the numbers of sets of brothers who played for their country in that period. It could be said that with only a few people playing the sport there were bound to be lots of brothers but in fact hockey in Ireland flourished very quickly and the clubs proliferated from the start of hockey in 1892. By 1894 there were 16 clubs and by 1896 the number had risen to 27. By 1898 there were 4 provincial branches of the Union with clubs flourishing in all.

By 1914 and the start of WW1, Ireland men had played 55 international matches, most within the British Isles. 55 matches in the days before substitutes meant that 605 individual team selections had been made. Of these, at least 164 selections were brothers – well over a quarter. The ‘brotherhood’ started with the first match of 1895 with the Birmingham brothers and went on to include 6 lots of 3 brothers and the unparalleled Paterson brothers, of whom 6 played for Ireland and on one occasion with 5 in the same team.

The writer suspects the faint possibility of another record lurking within these statistics; that is, was one of the same name pairings actually a father and son?

Most players know that, to be legal, a hockey stick has to be able to pass through a two inch ring, or 52mm in modern parlance. However, this was not always the case as, in the very early days of hockey, the width allowed was 2 ½ inches. This was reduced to the current size on the 19 September 1887.

Not many people know that!

HockiveFacts StanleyShovellerThis is potentially a very subjective claim but can anyone put forward a stronger case than this one for Stanley Howard Shoveller (1881-1959)?

To be the best amongst one’s contemporaries is perhaps the first requirement for this accolade. There cannot be much doubt about that. Shoveller played for his school 1st XI – what is now Kingston Grammar School – from the age of 14 and was a prolific goal scorer. He was playing for Hampstead Hockey Club before he left school and for Middlesex the year after leaving school. He first played for England three years later (1902) at the age of 21, which was very young in those days. In the following 19 years he played 35 times for England. He also fought in WW1, rising to the rank of Captain and being awarded a Military Cross.

His international career spanned two Olympics, London and Antwerp, winning gold medals in both. That in itself is an achievement unlikely to be equalled again by a British player. His official England record shows that he scored 79 goals in 35 appearances, including 17 hat tricks. That is an average of more than 2 goals per match. It is possible that this tally could be posthumously increased as ‘Shove’ as he was affectionately known, captained the England team that played in an international tournament in Hamburg in 1912 as a substitute for there being no hockey at the Stockholm Olympics. At this event he scored four times against Germany and three against Austria but at present these two matches do not appear in the England records.

To make Shoveller’s record even more remarkable, he did not play in 23 England matches because his work as a stockbroker did not give him the freedom to do so. What an amazing record it might have been had he played in all the 60 matches of his era. No wonder he was called the WG Grace of his time and therefore must qualify him to be the greatest English hockey player ever – unless you know different?

In Hockive Fact 9 we recorded that England men’s first four international matches were all against Ireland in the 1890s. We therefore asked why they had not played Wales in those four years, especially as Wales had featured in the first ever hockey international against Ireland in 1895.

We now have the answer, albeit a quote from an Irish correspondent which, at this stage and certainly without physical evidence, should be taken more as supposition than concrete fact. That said, the alleged reason was that The Hockey Association (England) did not consider the Welsh strong enough to warrant holding an international match.

Another interesting fact from this very early era of international hockey is that originally, in 1895, all players had to be born in the country they represented. Within two years this was changed to, "birth or two years residence".

pdfIt is perhaps difficult for us today, playing to a strict code of rules laid down by the sport’s governing body, to appreciate that, in the early days of hockey, rules were very fluid as the sport was quite literally evolving through the last decade of the 19th century. We know of at least a dozen different versions of the rules of hockey from that era and recently THM uncovered another. These come from Clifton High School for Girls in Bristol dated November 1894 (download the PDF by clicking the icon to the right).

From these we note that rule IX has a line 7 yards from and parallel to the goal line. This was the alternative to a circle. Rule X is an ‘offside’ rule. Rule II indicates that you cannot push the ball, only hitting is allowed. This begs the question: if you entered the striking area but dribbled with the ball into the goal, essentially pushing the ball along, and did not strike it into the goal, would it be a goal?

The simple answer to this is of course the scoring of three goals. However, when Stanley Shoveller scored eight goals against Belgium at the Antwerp Olympics in 1920, how many hat tricks was it?

Some might say two and two thirds hat tricks. However, others argue that it is in fact six hat tricks. The rationale for this is that the first three goals represent the first hat trick and every goal thereafter creates a new hat trick. So, the first three goals plus five more makes six hat tricks, unless you know different?!

Sharing Heritage: THM Completes Its Oral History Project Funded By HLF

29 December 2016
Sharing Heritage: THM Completes Its Oral History Project Funded By HLF

THM Oral Histories Lead, Evelyn Somerville interviews Howard Davies. Image credit: Mike Smith The Hockey Museum was one of the first groups in the UK to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant for an exciting project to collect Oral Histories from past players, umpires, officials and administrators....

Merry Christmas From The Hockey Museum - It's Newsletter Vol.10

16 December 2016

In a year when the Great Britain women’s hockey made history by winning the Olympic Gold Medal, 2016 has also been another very successful and exciting year at The Hockey Museum. We took on our first paid staff, organised two very successful exhibitions at The Olympic Hockey Venue and the...

THM Seeks Webmaster, GSOH, DTE, PDA

24 November 2016

The Hockey Museum is seeking a volunteer Webmaster to develop and oversee its website and advise on web and IT progress generally. Interested parties should have a working knowledge of PHP language and MySQL. Experience of Content Management Systems (The Hockey Museum uses Joomla) would be ideal but not essential....

THM Job Vacancy: Collections Management Officer

21 November 2016
THM Job Vacancy: Collections Management Officer

The Hockey Museum, Woking, Surrey.Collections Management OfficerAverage 3 days a week - flexibleExpected remuneration: c. £20k pro rataFixed term 1 year, with potential to extend. Freelancers welcome to apply. The Hockey Museum is a relatively new Museum having opened in late 2011. It achieved charitable status later that year and...

Volunteers' Day 2016

08 November 2016
Volunteers' Day 2016

The second annual Volunteers' Day was held at the Hockey Museum on the afternoon of Wednesday 26 October 2016, with around 25 people in attendance including special guest Peter Savage, long time hockey photographer and journalist, his wife Stella and family members. Curator Mike Smith opened proceedings and Chair of...

THM Seeks Partner In An AHRC Collaborative PhD

17 October 2016

As part of the Sport in Museums Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) consortium, The Hockey Museum (THM) has been given the opportunity to submit an application for a fully-funded PhD studentship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) starting in the 2017/18 academic year. This PhD will be jointly supervised...

100 Year Milestone for Des Simon

11 October 2016
100 Year Milestone for Des Simon

David Balbirnie with Des Simon and his family at his 100th year birthday celebrations.   On Tuesday 20 September 2016 Des Simon, a Past President of the former Irish Hockey Union and Hockey Ireland Honorary Life Member, celebrated his 100th birthday. Des, a long standing member of Cliftonville Hockey Club, has...

The Hockey Museum Calendar For 2017

15 September 2016
The Hockey Museum Calendar For 2017

The Hockey Museum (THM) has launched a limited-edition calendar for 2017. It covers 16 months (September 2016 to December 2017) so that if fully incorporates the hockey season – and you can start using it right away! Featuring a stylish and clean aesthetic in-keeping with THM’s branding, the calendar is illustrated with...

GB & England Hockey Announce New Performance Director

02 September 2016

Following a worldwide search, Great Britain and England Hockey is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Ed Barney PhD as Performance Director. Dr Barney's track record of maximising performance, talent identification and strategic thinking made him the outstanding candidate for the role. With international experience in hockey, cricket and...

Danish Discoveries Pose Intriguing Questions

24 August 2016
Danish Discoveries Pose Intriguing Questions

I thought I might share a recent happening you just as an example of some of the work and occurrences at The Hockey Museum. It never ceases to amaze me how the happenings continue to happen! Recently we received a contact from a player in Denmark who is interested in...

Olympic Gold Medalist Helen Richardson-Walsh Donates To THM

20 August 2016
Olympic Gold Medalist Helen Richardson-Walsh Donates To THM

After visiting the Museum in April to help its Communications Lead Lynne Morgan with her research on the total number of Great Britain capped female hockey players, GB & England International and four times Olympian, Helen Richardson-Walsh kindly agreed to lend the Museum her bronze medal from the London 2012...

THM Supplies Old Rules For ELHC Anniversary Match

17 August 2016
THM Supplies Old Rules For ELHC Anniversary Match

Recently, The Hockey Museum (THM) had an enquiry from East London Hockey Club. They have been celebrating their 25th anniversary this summer and as part of the celebrations wanted to put on a match played to the rules of their inaugural 1990/91 season. ELHC contacted THM to request the rules...

Olympic Hockey Exhibition At Surrey History Centre

08 August 2016
Olympic Hockey Exhibition At Surrey History Centre

Members of THM and SHC teams pose with Olympian John Peake and decedants of Olympian Gerald Logan.  2016 is an exciting Olympic year with the Games taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 5 to 21 August 2016 and the Paralympics in September. To celebrate, The Hockey Museum (THM)...

Let Us Explain About Our Shane

31 July 2016
Let Us Explain About Our Shane

The Hockey Museum is delighted to announce its second professional appointment. Shane Smith has been appointed as Curatorial Assistant on a one-year contract and begins today. He joined the Museum in October 2013 as Volunteer Curator of Art and later as Digital Content Editor of the website. His wide ranging skills...

Reel-y Good News: THM Wins HLF Support To Digitise Films

24 July 2016
Reel-y Good News: THM Wins HLF Support To Digitise Films

The Hockey Museum has been awarded a grant of £15,300 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to enable it to digitise its collection of nearly 100 old hockey films dating back to the 1930s. This project will preserve the films and also make them available for viewing by a wide range...

Bollywood And Hockey

21 July 2016
Bollywood And Hockey

Alia Bhatt at premiere of 'Udta Punjab'. The recently released Bollywood movie Udta Punjab has something special for the hockey lovers. The movie, which focuses on the drug abuse problem in the Indian state of Punjab, has hockey as a major influence with actor Alia Bhatt playing a role of a...

A Boost For THM's Worldwide Hockey Heritage Study

27 June 2016
A Boost For THM's Worldwide Hockey Heritage Study

Katie Dodd addresses the FIH reception during the Champions Trophy; credit: Jon Rye. The Hockey Museum (THM) was delighted to welcome Leandro Negre, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) President, to its reception to promote the current Worldwide Scoping Study, held in THM exhibition marquee during the Women’s Champions Trophy. The...

When Alice Met Helen

23 June 2016
When Alice Met Helen

Alice Hannan, aged 10 from The Holy Family Catholic Primary School in Surrey, met Great Britain star Helen Richardson-Walsh on Tuesday. Alice, the winner of The Hockey Museum's (THM) Art of Hockey competition, was presented with art materials, a signed copy of her winning artwork and a signed miniature hockey...

The Hockey Museum At The Champions Trophy In Olympic Park, London

22 June 2016
The Hockey Museum At The Champions Trophy In Olympic Park, London

We are now into the second week of the Men’s and Women’s Champions Trophy Events at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and The Hockey Museum (THM) marquee and exhibition have again been a great attraction for many of the spectators who braved...

Feast Your Eyes On Newsletter Vol.8

20 June 2016

Our latest newsletter is now available to download. Catch up on all the latest going ons at The Hockey Museum by following this link. You'll also discover an archive of all previous newsletters. Shane Smith, 20 June 2016

HRH Queen Elizabeth's Birthday Honour For Pat Rowley

20 June 2016
HRH Queen Elizabeth's Birthday Honour For Pat Rowley

Pat Rowley; credit: Dil Bahra Pat Rowley, one of our co-founder Trustees, has been awarded the British Empire Medal for Services to Hockey in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List published on 11 June 2016. One of the most senior hockey writers in the world, Pat has been involved in hockey...

Winners Announced For The Art Of Hockey Competition

09 June 2016

With just eight weeks to go before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games begin, the winning piece of artwork has been chosen from a bumper batch of entries in The Hockey Museum’s Art of Hockey competition. The competition, supported by The National Hockey Foundation, invited children to design their own piece...

What Can You Tell Us About Hockey’s Worldwide Heritage?

18 April 2016

This is an exciting time for hockey’s international heritage. Over the past five years, The Hockey Museum (THM) has established itself as the lead organisation to support hockey heritage in the UK. The museum is now working with the International Hockey Federation (FIH) to expand this work worldwide. The aim...

Less Than One Month To Enter The Art Of Hockey Competition

08 April 2016
Less Than One Month To Enter The Art Of Hockey Competition

Primary schools have less than one month until The Hockey Museum’s Art of Hockey competition closes. The Hockey Museum’s Art of Hockey competition, supported by The National Hockey Foundation, is open to primary schools across the United Kingdom. Children are invited to design their own piece of two-dimensional artwork about...

A Marathon Effort

29 March 2016

Financing the setting up and the running of our museum has been a very interesting exercise over the past five years. The money came initially and mainly from our Volunteers and Friends, without whom there would never have been The Hockey Museum. More latterly our endeavours have been rewarded by...

Irish Olympic Silver Medal: Oh No It Isn’t!

15 March 2016
Irish Olympic Silver Medal: Oh No It Isn’t!

In January we thought that we had found one of the 'Holy Grail' items of hockey when it was reported from Dublin that one of the 1908 Olympic Silver Medals had been discovered. We only had a small photo to go on but, as Ireland took the silver medal in...

Centenarian Still Going Strong

08 March 2016

Former Royal Navy hockey player Admiral Dick Wildish has celebrated his 101st birthday. He played in the Inter Services hockey matches in 1939 and again in 1946 and is currently the longest serving Vice President of the Royal Navy Hockey Association (RNHA), having been elected in 1970. During WW2 he...

Situations Vacant

25 February 2016

The Hockey Museum (THM) is a volunteer-led organisation and our fifty volunteers are responsible for everything that the museum achieves. Yet, as more people hear about THM and our reputation grows, there is more to be done. Not everything happens at the Museum itself in Woking. Whilst we are actively...

The Art Of Hockey: THM Launches Primary School Art Competition

23 February 2016
The Art Of Hockey: THM Launches Primary School Art Competition

This week, The Hockey Museum (THM) launches a UK-wide competition for primary schools, with the winning design being displayed at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The Hockey Museum's Art of Hockey competition, supported by The National Hockey Foundation, is open to primary schools across the United Kingdom. Children are invited...

Gavin Featherstone Joins THM Team

17 February 2016

Well-known and well-travelled hockey coach and author Gavin Featherstone has joined The Hockey Museum volunteers team as the principle reviewer for our new website feature page Book Reviews. We hope to review at least one book per month and we have quite a backlog. Perhaps surprisingly to some there are...

Feast Your Eyes On Newsletter Vol.7

04 February 2016

Our latest newsletter is now available to download. Catch up on all the latest going ons at The Hockey Museum by following this link. You'll also discover an archive of all previous newsletters. Shane Smith, 4 February 2016

The Irishman Cometh: David Balbirnie Visits THM

01 February 2016
The Irishman Cometh: David Balbirnie Visits THM

Last week The Hockey Museum (THM) had the pleasure of welcoming David Balbirnie, the Museum's International Hockey Federation (FIH) nominated Trustee, to our Woking home. The appointment of Irishman Mr Balbirnie, the former European Hockey Federation Hon. General Secretary, to THM Board Of Trustees is a sign of the Museum's increasingly...

The Hockey Writers' Club Lunch 2016 And The Commemorative Pennant

26 January 2016
The Hockey Writers' Club Lunch 2016 And The Commemorative Pennant

At the annual Hockey Writers' Club Lunch on 20 January 2016, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) President, Leandro Negre, made his customary, 'The State of Hockey' address to a room packed with hockey media, candidates for the Hockey Writers' annual awards and hockey enthusiasts and supporters. It is always a...

THM Announces Study To Scope Hockey’s Worldwide Heritage

20 January 2016
THM Announces Study To Scope Hockey’s Worldwide Heritage

The Hockey Museum (THM) is delighted to announce that it has awarded the contract to scope hockey's worldwide heritage to the Justine Reilly Consultancy (JRC). The team will be headed up by Dr Justine Reilly, who has 15 years experience of managing large multi-partner heritage programmes and extensive experience of...

The Hockey Museum Launches First Ever Calendar

19 January 2016
The Hockey Museum Launches First Ever Calendar

The Hockey Museum (THM) has launched a limited-edition calendar for 2016. Featuring a stylish and clean aesthetic in-keeping with THM’s branding, the calendar is illustrated with highlights from the Museum’s varied and ever-expanding collection of artefacts and archives from across the centuries, as well as notable dates throughout the year...

Irish Silver Medal Discovered

18 January 2016
Irish Silver Medal Discovered

At the 1908 London Olympics, six nations participated in what was the first Olympic hockey competition. The gold medal was won by England who beat Ireland 8-1 in the final. We have seen several of the gold medals and indeed we have one in our collection at The Hockey Museum....

An Enquiry To Cap It All

08 January 2016
An Enquiry To Cap It All

Interest in The Hockey Museum is partly reflected in the ever increasing number of enquiries that we receive. Hockey is a very wide ranging subject and so are the questions. Invariably we find at least part of the answer but one recent question has us stumped. The photograph to the...


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