East Grinstead Hockey Club
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East Grinstead Hockey Club

East Grinstead Hockey Club
East Grinstead Hockey Club (logo).png
Founded1897
LeagueMen's England Hockey League
Women's England Hockey League
London Hockey League
South League
Based inEast Grinstead, West Sussex, England
Home groundSaint Hill
ColoursWhite shirt, Navy shorts, White socks (Home)
Navy shirt, White shorts, Navy socks (Away)
ChairmanPhillip Coote
CaptainWesley Jackson, Lottie Gregory-Young

East Grinstead Hockey Club is a field hockey club based in East Grinstead, West Sussex, England. It is one of the most successful clubs in the United Kingdom with National League Outdoor and Indoor honours. It was founded in 1897. The home ground is at EGSC, near Saint Hill. The club has a water-based pitch with seats for the spectators as well as a 3G Hockey/Football pitch and clubhouse. The stadium is named Saint Hill with a maximum capacity of 250.

The Men's 1st XI play in the Men's England Hockey League and the Ladies 1st XI play in the Women's England Hockey League. The club currently fields six men's teams, five women's teams and respective youth development teams.

Every three years, the club hosts the Jacques Paloume tournament.[1]

History

EGHC Men's 1st Team first EHL title came in 1983, they then won the National Indoor Hockey League in 1986. In 2006 the men's Indoor squad were the National Indoor Champions, so that the 2006/7 season saw East Grinstead competing in Europe for the first time in many years. The Club represented England at the European Indoor Champions Trophy in Brussels, winning Silver medals, and securing promotion to the A Division of the Indoor Championship next season. In 2007 the indoor squad became National Indoor League Champions for the first time in their history, and finished runners up in the National Indoor Championship.

In the 2006/07 season the 1st XI finished 4th in the English Hockey League and were finalists in the EH National Cup for the second successive season. In order to gain experience of playing in a more competitive environment the men's 2nd XI and 3rd XI both made their debut in the London Higgins League, with the 2nd XI finished in top half of the Premier Division, while the 3rd XI entered the League in Division 2 and won promotion to Division 1 by finishing second. The U21 boys were Sussex Champions for the 4th year running; the Men's 2s and the Vets both won the Sussex Cup. Five of the 1st team squad and the team manager were selected to take part in the inaugural GB Super Leagues at the end of the season. EGHC won the BBC South East Club of the Year Award.

In 2008 EG successfully defended their National Indoor League title, were finalists in the English National Cup in 2006 and 2007 and obtained their highest ever placing in the English Hockey League in 2007/08 as runners-up meaning that they qualified for Euro Hockey League. In 2009 the 1st XI won the English Hockey League for the second time, they won the National Indoor Hockey League and also got to the last 8 of the European outdoor finals. They retained both their crowns and added the European Indoor Trophy after winning the competition for the first time in their history, but unfortunately got knocked out of the last 16 in the European outdoor finals.

The club was awarded England Hockey 'Club of the Year' in 2009. They competed in the National Indoor Finals 2011 as reigning champions and retained their crown after only losing 1 of 10 games and winning the rest on the way to the final at Wembley Arena, they beat Beeston 8-5 in the final. In the 2010-11 season outdoor season, despite dominating the league, they lost in the championship play off final to Beeston 2-1, in the Euro Hockey League they got knocked out in the Last 16 to rivals Reading HC.

The Ladies 1st XI have been Sussex Premier Division champions on several occasions, and also won the EH Vase in 2009. They won promotion from the South Club's Women's Hockey League Division 3B to Division 2 in 2010/11, from Division 2 to Division 1 in 2011/12, to the National League East Conference in 2012/13 and to the Premier League in 2014/15 for the first time in their history.

The club mourned the death of Dennis Leman who died on 12 August 2010, he was a key figure in promoting EGHC status into what it is today. He was the EGHC president from 1972-1977 and was captain of the 1st XI side from 1952- 1962. EG also mourned the death of Frank Farrell who died on 3 June 2010. He was president of the Sussex Hockey Association between 1983-1993 and also managed Lewes HC for many years but was a frequent visitor to EGHC.

During the 2020-21 Women's Hockey League season, the womens team led the Premier Division before it was cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic but the team gained consolation by defeating Clifton Robinsons 5-3 in the final of the Women's Championship Cup.[2]

Players

Men's First Team Squad 2020-21 season

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK  SCO Sam Lloyd
2 GK  ENG Paddy Smith
3 DF  ITA Geronimo Clement
4 FW  ENG Luke Emmett
5 DF  ENG Dan Faulkner
6 MF  WAL Lewis Prosser
7 FW  WAL Joe Naughalty
8 FW  ENG Andy Piper
9 MF  ENG Wesley Jackson
11 DF  GER Valerian Knauer
12 DF  ENG Sam Hatherley
13 MF  ENG Josh Barrott
14 FW  ENG Louis Gittens
15 DF  ENG Simon Faulkner (captain)
16 MF  ENG Ben Mackey
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 MF  ENG Richard Lane
18 DF  WAL Alistair Clift
19 DF  ENG Tim Deakin
20 MF  ENG Seb Walton
21 DF  ENG Gurmukh Bhamra
22 MF  SCO Ross Stott
23 FW  ARG Franco Harte
24 FW  ENG Ollie Shelton
25 FW  ENG Samad Suleman
26 FW  ENG Luke Holland
28 FW  ENG Simon Whait
29 MF  ENG Barney Bithell
30 FW  ENG Rob Cope
31 GK  ENG Sam Williams
32 GK  ENG Jack Edgerton

Ladies First Team Squad 2020-21 season

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK England ENG Laura Myers
3 DF England ENG Rosie Hope
4 South Africa RSA Pippa Chapman
5 DF Scotland SCO Amy Costello
6 MF New Zealand NZL Bridget Blackwood
8 MF England ENG Tessa Howard
9 FW England ENG Courtney Hansford
10 MF England ENG Laura Unsworth
11 FW England ENG Cathy Nicholson
12 MF Wales WAL Hannah Cozens
13 FW England ENG Ellie Rayer
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 MF England ENG Ruth Evans
16 FW England ENG Chloe Palmer
17 FW Republic of Ireland IRL Chloe Brown
18 FW England ENG Josephine Blunt
19 FW England ENG Sophie Bray (captain)
20 England ENG Ashlie Samra
21 DF England ENG Harriet Mitchell
23 FW England ENG Lydia Macdonell
27 Wales WAL Lizzie Jones
29 FW England ENG Jess Denniff
GK England ENG Becky Waters

Ladies First Team Honours

  • Women's Championship Cup winners - 2020-21[2]
  • EHL East Conference Champions - 2014/15
  • South Club's Women's Hockey League Division 1 Champions - 2012/13
  • South Club's Women's Hockey League Division 2 Champions - 2011/12
  • South Club's Women's Hockey League Division 3B Champions - 2010/11
  • Indoor Team of the Year - 2010
  • EH Vase Winners - 2009 & 2010
  • National Indoor Finals Champions Women - 2016, 2019

Men's First team Honours

  • EHL Premier Division Champions - 1984/85, 1985/86, 2008/09, 2009/10
  • EHL Premier Division Play Off Runners Up - 1989/90, 2007/08, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2013/14, 2014/15
  • EHL National Cup Winners - 1983/84
  • EHL National Cup Runners Up - 2005/06, 2006/07
  • European Indoor Trophy Champions - 2010, 2013
  • National Indoor Finals Champions - 1986, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019
  • National Indoor League Champions - 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Men's Vets National Plate Winners - 2010
  • Euro Hockey League Participants - 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2014/15, 2015/16

Internationals past and present

  • Sophie Bray - England & GB Olympic Gold Medal Winner
  • Laura Unsworth - England & GB Olympic Gold Medal Winner
  • Ellie Rayer - England & GB
  • Farah Yahya - Malaysia
  • Liam Ansell - England & GB
  • Individual Honours

    References

    1. ^ "Jacques Paloume Festival 2019". eghockey.co.uk. Retrieved 2020.
    2. ^ a b "WOMENS CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS 2021". England Hockey. Retrieved 2021.

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