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Stan Salazaar writes from Perth, Australia:

"The Hockey Museum in Woking is a wonderful idea and I hope it goes from strength to strength. The website is fantastic with some terrific information. I like the book list; what a collection. I have 20 or so duplicate books to donate to the Museum. I am hoping that the 7 West Australians in our World Masters team will carry 2 or 3 books for me to Oxford.

"I believe that people have donated lots of pins/badges. I am sure there will be many duplicates so please keep me in mind. Thank you."

Extract from letter in Hockey World, 2 February 1931.

Miss Charlotte Mumford, a member of the Friends and Temperance Missionary Society, wrote:

"I am a missionary who has laboured amongst the Samoyedes of Northern Siberia, a barbarous people who, in a time of dearth, eat their young, and, in a time of insobriety (unfortunately not infrequent), butcher their grandparents.

These unpleasant although deluded savages, often play a game with sticks and balls upon the ice packs north of the Bering Straits. I may say it is their one and only non-blood thirsty form of enjoyment.

I am presently on furlough but, when I return from the frozen wastes, I shall feel that I have brought the knowledge of their redeeming feature to their English brothers in the world's oldest and greatest game".

This week's hockey fact on The Hockey Museum (THM) website has generated a lot of interest world wide.

We are encouraged by the number of views, particularly the high numbers from Germany, and we feel the story behind the fact deserves more detail.

We have chosen two versions of the report from our archives: one from our THM colleague Patrick Rowley who reported the incident the following day and a translation from a German magazine.

Dil Bahra


India Awarded Match As Japan Stage Walk-Out
Patrick Rowley

"Mexico City, 21 October. India won their sixth match of the Olympic hockey tournament against Japan by five goals to nil without actually scoring a goal.

"They were awarded the match by the technical delegates of the International Hockey Federation after the most amazing incident in the history of Olympic hockey. The Japanese team walked off the field before the final whistle and refused to return.
"With 15 minutes to go, the British umpire Archie Young awarded a penalty stroke against the Japanese. Inamur Rehman, who had replaced Inder at inside left, was breaking into the circle when there was a clash of sticks as he went to pass the Japanese back, Katsuhiro Yuzaki.

"The umpire decided that Inam had been fouled and presumed that a certain goal had been prevented. He, therefore, awarded the most drastic penalty.

"The Japanese did not first realize what decision the umpires had made. They thought the whistle had gone for a foul against their player. When the truth quickly became apparent, they surrounded the umpire, protesting and indicated the nature of the foul committed not by their player but by Inam.

"The umpire stuck firmly to his decision indicating a second time that he had awarded the penalty-stroke.

"With that several of the Japanese players threw down their sticks in disgust. In great anger, their captain led the team off the field.

"The jury of appeal chairman, Mr Stewart McIldowie of South Africa ordered the Japanese manager to get his team on the field within 30 seconds but because they were so upset there was never any chance that they would return. When the whistle went for the game to resume, the Indians were still on the field watching incredulously. At least three minutes had elapsed. The Japanese did not reappear and the umpire blew his whistle again indicating that the game was over.

"In my opinion the umpire made a bad mistake. When going through, Inam put his stick between that of Yuzaki and the ball thus committing a foul. When Yuzaki's stick hit that of Inam he was doing no more than showing the foul.

"The umpire made another mistake. If Yuzaki had fouled, it did not warrant a penalty-stroke. It should have been a penalty-corner for there was no reason to assume that Inam would have scored.

"I am sure any other umpire in this tournament would have awarded a penalty-corner for such an offence.

"The Japanese, it was revealed afterwards, were strongly favoured to win the fair-play trophy which was being awarded at this Olympics tournament for the first time. The reason they were so incensed is that they had played their hearts out in preventing India from scoring. Their goalkeeper, Matsumoto, had performed miracles but suddenly all their efforts were thrown away by what they considered to be a ridiculous decision by the umpire.

"But don't let me sound as if I am condoning the Japanese action. Far from it. Any umpire can make a mistake. He is only human. But to walk off the field is the height of unsportsmanship and Japan are very lucky to be allowed to play in this tournament."


The Scandal Of Mexico City
(translated from a German hockey report)

"It happened on Sunday 20 October 1968 at 1.05pm local time on pitch 2 of the Olympic Hockey Stadium, Magdalena Mixhuca.

"55 minutes and 30 seconds into an extremely important game for the seven times Olympic champions, India v. Japan, the score was still 0-0 and, in view of the brave defensive performance of the speedy Japanese, the overall opinion in the stands was that the brave, little men around the cat-like goalkeeper Norihiko Matiumoto could have kept their goal intact for the remaining quarter of an hour against the desperate Indians.

"The Umpire, Mr Archibald Young, had blown his whistle and the Scottish referee made one of his many inexplicable - to players and spectators - decisions, pointing to the penalty spot to the horror of all.

"In the stands the same amazement was writ large on the faces of those at the jury table and in the seats reserved for the FIH officials.

"India's right winger Balbir Singh, the second of that name in the team, stepped up to take the penalty which could mean relief to his over nervous troops. But Balbir Singh never got to take the penalty stroke.

"The Japanese who at first had not realised what was happening, then surrounded the umpire in justifiable protest and when this did not bear fruit did the worst they could have done in such a situation. Captain Tsureya Yuzaki, the elder brother of the player who had committed the foul, threw his stick onto the grass in a rage and left the pitch in the direction of the players' bench. The rest of his eleven followed him immediately."

team1The Hockey Museum is now receiving material and collections almost every week and they are far from all being about international players and great feats.

A recent addition is about (George) Herbert Morton, who was a tireless worker for hockey in the early years of the last century. Without people like Herbert Morton hockey would not have developed into the sport it is today. Illness cut short his playing career so he turned to umpiring and administration. He was treasurer of both Cheshire and the North and clearly helped to organise events whenever called upon. With the whistle he achieved distinction, umpiring the North and Cheshire many times as well as eleven international matches.

If you know of any material relating to the history of hockey do please contact us.

Mike Smith, March 2012

The Hockey Museum Moves To Woking: A Most Appropriate New Home, But Why?

The leafy Surrey town of Woking did not exist until the middle of the nineteenth century. The railway arrived in 1838 in the middle of the woods; not even a cottage in sight. At Woking Junction the railway turned left to Portsmouth via Guildford or went straight on to Southampton via Winchester. And so the town developed nestled between the Basingstoke Canal (that had passed through some 50 years before) and the railway. Being less than an hour from central London (and less than half an hour today) the area was ideally located.

This location was noted by Dr Leicher, a Victorian educationist who wanted to extend higher education to the increasing number of students coming to Britain from the East. In the 1870s he picked on Woking and set up a College for Oriental students. To achieve his aim of offering 'higher education', the degrees were granted through the University of the Punjab in Lahore, India. It is this association with the Punjab in the then India, that the thread of appropriateness for the Hockey Museum lies.

At that time, the late nineteenth century, northern India was heavily garrisoned by the British Army. We were fighting the first or second Afghan war, I cannot remember which, but you would have thought that we might have learned our lesson! A number of cities in the Punjab had sizeable garrisons, or cantonments as they are called. When they were not away fighting, the soldiers needed occupying and sport was a popular answer. However, for sport you need equipment and the supply line back to Britain was a long one; about six months.

In those days most of the world's sports equipment came from Britain but it didn't take the Indians long to spot an opportunity. In particular this happened in the city of Sialkot, about one hundred miles from Lahore and renowned for furniture production and woodwork. The skilled woodworkers started by repairing the rackets and bats and sticks for the British military, but it was not long before they started manufacturing. They may not have had access to the British ash and willow timber, but local wood was sufficient to keep the troops playing their sport. In the case of hockey though, the local wood was mulberry and in fact it turned out to be more suitable than the English ash. It was harder and when bent it retained its shape much better. So for the next few decades production of Indian hockey sticks grew, so that after WW2 and to this day, the majority of the world's hockey sticks came from the Punjab, together with a lot of other equipment to support our sport.

So, Woking has had an association with the Punjab in its early days and that is retained through its association with The Hockey Museum where many of its exhibits were made in the Punjab.

Mike Smith, February 2012

donate1In December we had the sad news of the death of Barbara Miroy, the widow of Nevill.

Between them they did an incredible amount for hockey in many different ways, right through the second half of the 20th century. Nevill wrote The History of Hockey and founded Hockey Digest after the demise of Hockey News. Much information and many records might have been lost had it not been for their commitment and enthusiasm in that period. Barbara and Nevill were also responsible for running the Folkestone Festival – arguably the top hockey festival in the world at the time – and the London Fixture Conference and Bureau. Where would club hockey in the South East have been, before the days of full scale league hockey, had it not been for the ability to ring Barbara and find a fixture?

They devoted their lives to hockey and happily their records and hockey collection have been given to The Hockey Museum.

Much more will be written about Barbara and Nevill when the collection is archived. This will take time but the achievements of Barbara and Nevill will live on in the archives.

We are grateful to their executors for ensuring that the Miroy Collection came to the Museum.

Mike Smith, February 2012

weeklyAt The Hockey Museum we have numerous hockey magazines and the earliest edition of a hockey magazine we have in our archives is the magazine Hockey, published on Friday, 15 December 1893.

Hockey, is described as "a weekly review of the game, which is published every Friday morning in time for the early mails, can be had at bookstalls in all parts of the country and any newsagent in Great Britain". Priced at two pence, this twelve page publication contains match reports, notes, "Rules of the Hockey Association" and "Rules of the Game of Hockey". Later editions included biographies and portraits of hockey celebrities, group portraits of hockey teams and club histories. This issue also contains a list of clubs affiliated to The Hockey Association.

They are listed in alphabetical order as: Addiscombe HC; Benson HC; Bromley HC; Cambridge University HC; Central Croydon HC; Chippenham HC; Croydon HC; Denmark Hill HC; Ealing HC; East Sheen HC; Grecian HC; Hampstead HC; Hampton Wick HC; Ilford HC; Kensington Park HC; Kidderminster HC; Leicester HC; Mitcham HC; Molesey HC; Pinner HC; Putney HC; Queen's College, Oxford; Rovers HC; Rugby HC; Shooters Hill HC; Southgate HC; Staines HC; Surbiton HC; Teddington HC; Thames Ditton HC; Trinity Colledge, Cambridge; Westgate HC; West Gloucester HC; West Kent HC; Weston (Bath) HC; Willesden HC; Wimbledon HC; Winchester Bandy and Hockey Club.

Dil Bahra, February 2012

This article appeared in Hockey Sport, June 1998. Fourteen years later, we do have The Hockey Museum.

Dil Bahra, January 2012


LightWoking is set to shine the spotlight on more than a century of hockey heritage with the launch of a national museum for the sport.

With help from The Lightbox gallery and museum, a specialist venue in Butts Road has opened this month as the new home for an archive charting the 125-year history of hockey, with books, photographs and clothing among the items on display.

A four-year project to bring the collection to Surrey was organised by Hockey Archives, a group of enthusiasts led by Mike Smith, director of Maybury-based company Mercian Sports.

Mr Smith explained: "This is a great opportunity to demonstrate the popularity of hockey as a national sport, and we are hugely grateful to The Lightbox for their help and guidance in bringing the collection together.

"We are very much in the early stages of the project at the moment, but eventually aim to offer exhibitions for the public, along with organising a special display for the London Olympics."

Formerly housed at the National Hockey Stadium in Milton Keynes, the collection was retained by Hockey Archives before Woking Borough Council stepped in to show its support in 2011, with The Lightbox making the site available at a peppercorn rent.

Efforts are now under way to secure the future of the museum through gaining trust status.

Mr Smith added: "It is extremely important to preserve the archive as a way of highlighting the deep-rooted history of the sport in England, and hopefully this will inspire a future generation of participants."

He formed a group with like-minded colleagues David Wareham, Patrick Rowley and Dil Bahra with the shared objective of working to preserve hockey's rich heritage.

When the two groups met four years ago, they decided to form the Hockey Archives, which was later expanded to include Katie Dodd, a former England international, and Ian Wilson, the treasurer of England Hockey.

Mr Wilson was responsible for preserving the hockey memorabilia which existed when the national stadium at Milton Keynes was sold, setting up an England Hockey Archive Steering Group and playing a major role in ensuring hockey literature was found a home at Bath University.

The original article can be viewed by clicking here.

John Ellul, January 2012

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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