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Anita White courtesy of Katie Dodd

Anita White is a former international player and current academic. She is also the former President of Great Britain Hockey. White played for England at Wembley Stadium and represented her country at international tournaments in the 1970s. As well as recalling her international career, in this interview she discusses the Anita White Foundation, which evolved out of her work with the Women In Sport Foundation, combining feminist activism with scholarship.

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The Peter Savage Oral History Collection

An Introduction To The Peter Savage Oral History Collection

The Hockey Museum (THM) has chosen to dedicate its Oral History Collection to Peter Savage, the well respected hockey photographer and journalist. His Talk Hockey Radio interviews were the catalyst for the Museum's collection of oral histories and you will soon be able to discover Peter's interviews on this site alongside interviews from THM's continuously growing collection of oral histories. There was a time when museums were all about objects and paper archives, but...

Oral History Interview: Anita White

Oral History Interview: Anita White

Anita White is a former international player and current academic. She is also the former President of Great Britain Hockey. White played for England at Wembley Stadium and represented her country at international tournaments in the 1970s. As well as recalling her international career, in this interview she discusses the Anita White Foundation, which evolved out of her work with the Women In Sport Foundation, combining feminist activism with scholarship....

Oral History Interview: Anne Ellis

Oral History Interview: Anne Ellis

Anne Ellis has enjoyed a distinguished career as an international player and coach whilst her off-the-field administrative roles within the game have encompassed national and international federations. In this interview Anne recalls her journey through hockey, from international tournaments and playing at Wembley Stadium to becoming President of Hockey Wales. She discusses captaincy and coaching, friendships forged and Honours gained as well as offering her views on the current game....

Oral History Interview: Audrey Appleby

Oral History Interview: Audrey Appleby

Audrey Appleby is best known as an international umpire. She umpired women's international matches at Wembley Stadium and went to become a successful umpire coach and assessor. Over the course of her hockey career Appleby witnessed a variety of rules changes and the introduction of artificial turf which altered the game dramatically from that which she had first known as a player. Image courtesy of Audrey Appleby

Oral History Interview: Bernard (Bernie) Cotton

Oral History Interview: Bernard (Bernie) Cotton

Bernie Cotton is a former England and Great Britain international player and captain who represented his country on international tours, at European and World Cups and at the Olympic Games. He went on to coach GB men at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games working under Roger Self before managing England and succeeding Self as GB Manager. Image courtesy of Bernie Cotton

Oral History Interview: Biddy Burgum

Oral History Interview: Biddy Burgum

Biddy Burgum was a versatile sportswoman and England international hockey player who toured to South Africa. She was a teacher at Bedford and Chelsea PE Colleges and went on to become a respected coach, developing young talent but also training hockey coaches. In this interview Burgum also discusses her interest in recreational photography and the development of the hockey stick. Image courtesy of Biddy Burgum

Oral History Interview: Brenda Read

Oral History Interview: Brenda Read

Brenda Read is a former England international player who coached several national teams and was instrumental, as Secretary of the International Hockey Federation's (FIH) Equipment Committee, in the development of the artificial pitch. Brenda describes how this was achieved and the knock-on effects on hockey sticks, shoes, players and on the game generally. Image courtesy of Mike Smith

Oral History Interview: Christopher Todd

Oral History Interview: Christopher Todd

Chris Todd became England's youngest international umpire in 1974. In this interview he recalls the World and European Cups, Champions Trophies and Olympic and Pan American Games in which he has umpired. As well as his biographical accounts, Todd discusses the impact of rule changes and reflects on the varied playing styles and rule interpretations of different nations. Image courtesy of Christopher Todd

Oral History Interview: Francis (Howard) Davis

Oral History Interview: Francis (Howard) Davis

Francis (Howard) Davis describes how he made progress from school hockey through to England - partly due to the misfortunes of others - and went on to achieve a record-breaking 81 caps for England and Great Britain through three Olympic Games. Images courtesy of Howard Davis and Mike Smith

Oral History Interview: Freddie Martin

Oral History Interview: Freddie Martin

  Freddie Martin is best known as a former Ireland international player and was part of the first Irish squad to go to a World Cup in 1978. As well as reflecting on his international career, in this interview Martin offers insight into the rise and fall of Hounslow Hockey Club for whom he played before coaching them to the EuroHockey Cup Winners' Cup in 1990. He was also involved...

Oral History Interview: Hamish Jamson

Oral History Interview: Hamish Jamson

Hamish Jamson is an international umpire who has umpired at Champions Trophies, EuroHockey Championships and Olympics. He speaks with particular affection of the London 2012 Olympic Games and looks back on the learning curve that was touring, as an umpire, with England to Australia in 1995. Jamson reflects on the evolution of modern hockey and different styles of play discussing how they have impacted on umpiring during the course of...

Oral History Interview: Janet (Jane) Sixsmith

Oral History Interview: Janet (Jane) Sixsmith

Jane Sixsmith is an England and Great Britain international player who competed at four consecutive Olympic Games between 1988 and 2000. She also won a Gold Medal with England at the Brussels 1991 EuroHockey Championships. As well as recalling her international experiences in detail, Sixsmith discusses her early years of hockey in the Midlands, her career outside of hockey and reflects on the impact of National Lottery funding and the...

Oral History Interview: Jennifer (Jenny) Cardwell

Oral History Interview: Jennifer (Jenny) Cardwell

Jenny Cardwell is a former international player, coach and manager. As well as reflecting on her playing career, Cardwell recalls her transition to coaching at county and territory level before being appointed by England. She discusses the hurdles she faced coaching international hockey at a time when the England setup was, by today's standards, amateur and recalls her appointment of and working relationship with innovative Assistant Coach Sue Slocombe who...

Oral History Interview: Laurie Alcock

Oral History Interview: Laurie Alcock

Laurie Alcock, aka 'Mr Cannock', has been playing hockey since 1954. He remains heavily committed to the administration of hockey in Staffordshire and the Midlands and gives his insights to the challenges faced during the merger of the Hockey Association (HA) and the All England Women's Hockey Association (AEWHA) and the transition to the English Hockey Association (EHA) in 1996. Alcock is also an administrator for the English Schools' Athletic...

Oral History Interview: Leandro Negre

Oral History Interview: Leandro Negre

Leandro Negre is an ex-Spanish international goalkeeper and former President of the International Hockey Federation (FIH). He recalls being thrust into his club first team as an under 16 and his progression through to international hockey representing Spain at the Mexico City 1968 Olympic Games. Negre also reveals his rise as an administrator, from Catalonia through Spain and the European Hockey Federation (EHF) to FIH President. Image courtesy of Katie...

Oral History Interview: Margaret (Maggie) Souyave

Oral History Interview: Margaret (Maggie) Souyave

Maggie Souyave is a former international captain and coach. In this interview Souyave recalls her England playing career with specific reference to her experiences at Wembley Stadium and the 1975 IFWHA World Championship in Edinburgh. She discusses her appointment as Director of Player Performance for the English Hockey Association (EHA), coaching England women and the pioneering the use of video analysis as hockey became increasingly more professional. Souyave also reflects...

Oral History Interview: Martin Gotheridge

Oral History Interview: Martin Gotheridge

Martin Gotheridge is best known for his administrative work within hockey but he was also a National League umpire and an international match official. In this interview he charts his rise to becoming President of the European Hockey Federation (EHF), reflects on the financial difficulties that lead to the demise of the English Hockey Association (EHA) and his role in establishing the English league system and move towards increased professionalism...

Oral History Interview: Monica Pickersgill

Oral History Interview: Monica Pickersgill

Monica Pickersgill was the last President of the All England Women's Hockey Association (AEWHA). She oversaw its merger with the Hockey Association (HA) whereupon she became the first President of the newly formed English Hockey Association (EHA). She was also President of the Northern Counties Hockey Association (NCHA). Monica discusses her playing career that included captaining Yorkshire and representing the North. She reflects on her route into administraton by way...

Oral History Interview: Morley Pecker

Oral History Interview: Morley Pecker

Morley Pecker is a man who, in his own words, has "worn many hats" within hockey. He is a former international umpire, administrator and photographer. In this interview Pecker recalls his experiences of officiating at the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games in Munich and Montreal respectively; he charts his involvement with the European Hockey Federation (EHF) and the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and reflects on the changing face of European...

Oral History Interview: Patricia (Pat) Ward

Oral History Interview: Patricia (Pat) Ward

Pat Ward talks of her life as the Editor of Hockey Field until its demise; she tells of her time as President of Cornwall Hockey Association (CHA) and of the Western Counties Women's Hockey Association (WCWHA) where she was instrumental in the forming of a pioneering league involving all the clubs in the South West of England. Ward recalls her long interest in photography that culminated in pictures of the Queen...

Oral History Interview: Peter Child

Peter Child is best known for his involvement with the internationally touring Angels Hockey Club of the 1960s and for his administrative role in setting up the World Grand Masters Association (WGMA) in 2002, whereupon he became its inaugural President.

Oral History Interview: Peter Savage

Oral History Interview: Peter Savage

Peter Savage is a policeman turned hockey photographer and journalist. He tells of his early playing career and how his passion for hockey manifested itself in broadcast and written journalism and in sports photography. Peter explores the technical and logistical challenges of his hobby turned profession before discussing his personal battle with terminal cancer. He has covered four hockey World Cups, several European Championships and Champions Trophies and, of course,...

Oral History Interview: Richard Dodds

Oral History Interview: Richard Dodds

Richard Dodds talks about his progress in hockey culminating in reaching the Great Britain squad. He recalls their last minute call up to the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games and describes in detail how Great Britain won the Gold Medal in Seoul in 1988. He mentions his time in hockey administration, his views on the new rules and the friendships and regrets he has experienced. Image courtesy of Richard Dodds

Oral History Interview: Roger Self

Roger Self is a former Wales and Great Britain Manager. He is best known for leading the GB men's team to Gold in the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games. In this interview Self recalls his hockey playing career before discussing the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games as the build up to Seoul and the Seoul Games themselves. He reflects on his innovation as GB Coach and his efforts to push British...

Oral History Interview: Stephen (Sam) Martin

Oral History Interview: Stephen (Sam) Martin

Stephen Martin is a former Irish and Great Britain international player who won Gold at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games. In this interview he recalls his route into hockey, breaking into the Ireland and GB setups at a young age and his experiences of, and the build up to, the Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988 Olympic Games. Martin goes on to discuss his administrative roles, firstly with the Sports...

Oral History Interview: Win Heath

Win Heath is an ex-Welsh international player who took on coaching England and Great Britain. She talks about the difficulties of fitting coaching sessions around players' working lives in the late '70s and early '80s and the disappointment of not going to the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games.

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