Hockey's Religious Foundations

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The Hockey Museum volunteer James Ormandy has published a three-part series exploring hockey’s religious foundations in England in the late 19th and early-20th centuries. These can be found on the sports history website Playing Pasts and are linked to below.


Auckland Castle HC
 Auckland Castle Hockey Club, 1897.

A team of clergymen ordained under Bishop Joseph Barber Lightfoot near Durham in North East England.
On completion of their ordination, clergymen played for local clubs in their parishes:
Rev. M C H Collett (Nondescripts HC); Rev. W M Davidson (Novacastrians HC); and Rev. A Bowcock (Coxhoe Hall HC).


Read The 3-Part Series

Part 1 is titled "The Anglican Clergy Turn a Suburban Game into a National Sport". It examines the impact of the Chruch on the spread and popularity of hockey. Click here to read the article.

Part 2 is titled "Nonconformists Lead Hockey's Downward Social Diffusion". Click here to read Part 2.

Part 3 is titled "Quakers Play and Support Hockey's Development". Click here to readPart 3.


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