East Grinstead Hockey Club

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East Grinstead Hockey Club (logo).png
Leagues England Hockey League

Euro Hockey League

Founded 1897
Manager Matt Jones
Player/Coach Mark Pearn
Captain
Venue Saint Hill
Capacity 500+
City East Grinstead, West Sussex, England
Team Colours White, Navy, White (H) and Navy, White, Navy (A)
2011/12 (EHL Premier League) Champions
2011/12 (EHL Play Offs) Runners Up
2011/12 (EHL Indoor Premier League) Champions
2011/12 (EHL Indoor Championships) Champions

East Grinstead Hockey Club is a field hockey club based in East Grinstead, West Sussex, England. It was founded in 1897. The home ground is at EGSC, near Saint Hill. The club has a water-based pitch with 500 seats for the spectators, as well as a 3G pitch.

The men's 1st XI play in the England Hockey League Premier Division and have enjoyed recent success, and the ladies 1st IX will compete in the Women's Hockey League for 2013/14. The club currently fields four men's teams, four women's teams and respective youth development teams.

History[edit]

EGHC men's 1st XI first English Hockey League 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 our 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 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.

They were 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 recently won promotion from the South Club's Women's Hockey League Division 3B to Division 2 in 2010/11, and from Division 2 to Division 1 in 2011/12, and to the National League in 2012/13 for the first time in their history.

East Grinstead HC sadly mourned the death of Denis 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.

Current squad[edit]

  • Matt Jones- Manager
  • Patrick Smith- GK
  • Richard Potton- GK
  • Tim Deakin - DF
  • Simon Faulkner - DF
  • Ross Stott - DF/MID
  • Scott Ashdown- MID
  • Glenn Kirkham- MID
  • Will Arthur- MID
  • Niall Stott- MID
  • Ashley Jackson- MID/FW
  • Mark Pearn- MID/FW
  • Wesley Jackson- FW
  • Andy Piper- FW
  • David Condon - FW
  • Andy Bull - DF
  • Rhys smith - MID
  • Mark Gleghorne- FW
  • Joe Naughalty - MID
  • Adam Jordan - FW
  • Mark Luns - FW
  • Sam Driver - FW
  • Karl Stagno - Lead Coach

Mens 1st XI Recent Honours[edit]

  • EHL Premier Division Winners 08/09, 10/11, 11/12
  • EHL Premier Division Play Off Champions 09/10
  • EHL Premier Division Play Off Runners Up 10/11, 11/12
  • European Indoor Trophy Champions 2010, 2013
  • National Indoor Finals Champions '06, '09, '10, '11, '12, '13
  • National Indoor League Champions '07, '08, '09, '10, '11, '12
  • Men's Vets National Plate Winners 2010
  • Euro Hockey League 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13

Ladies 1st XI Recent Honours[edit]

  • 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

International Honours[edit]

Individual Honours[edit]

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