|Full name||Trevor Hockey|
|Date of birth||1 May 1943|
|Place of birth||Keighley, England|
|Date of death||2 April 1987(aged 43)|
|Place of death||Keighley, England|
|1976||San Diego Jaws||22||(0)|
|1977||Las Vegas Quicksilvers||15||(0)|
|1977||San Jose Earthquakes||5||(0)|
|San Diego Jaws|
|San Jose Earthquakes|
|Las Vegas Quicksilvers|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Keighley, Hockey turned professional with Bradford City in May 1960. Hockey had been discovered by the club in the local amateur ranks. He left Valley Parade for Nottingham Forest in November 1961, but after just two years at the City Ground, Hockey was on the move again, this time to Newcastle United where he collected a Second Division winners medal in 1965.
Now transformed from a winger into a central midfielder, Hockey joined Birmingham City in November 1965 in a £25,000 deal. He went on to make 231 appearances for the Blues scoring 13 goals. He was also the club captain when he was transferred to Sheffield United for £40,000 in January 1971.
He made his debut in a 2–1 away victory against Oxford United and, following instructions "to battle, to win the ball, and give it to Currie" he instantly became a Bramall Lane cult figure on the pitch with his beatle-style haircut, beard and tough tackling. He played a large part in ensuring that United was promoted that year, including the scoring first goal in a 2–0 win, against Millwall on 13 April, sat down after colliding with the goalkeeper.
His United career virtually ended with a broken leg against Manchester City on 12 February 1972. Struggling to regain his place in the first team, he made his final appearance on 30 December 1972 before Norwich City secured his services in February 1973, swapping him for Scottish striker Jimmy Bone.
However, after just six months with The Canaries, Hockey was back playing his football in Birmingham, this time for Aston Villa. After just a year at Villa Park he was on the move again, this time returning to his first club Bradford City. Hockey drifted into semi-professional football after leaving Bradford and played four Cheshire League games for Ashton United during the 1977–78 season.
In March 1976, Hockey became player-manager at Athlone Town before taking his footballing talents across the pond and a spell with San Diego Jaws in the North American Soccer League. Hockey returned to England the following year and took on the managers role at non-league Stalybridge Celtic before another spell in the States as coach with both San Jose Earthquakes and Las Vegas Quicksilvers.
In 1981, he returned home to reform Keighley Town, a side that had played in the old Yorkshire League after the Second World War. Hockey's intention was to guide Keighley Town into the Northern Premier League by the end of the decade. Based at Utley, Town were accepted into the West Riding County Amateur league's first division. Keighley won the league in their first season back. However, their ground was deemed not acceptable for the league's premier division. Town defeated Shamrocks 3–1 in the Keighley FA Cup final, before going on to beat Silsden 2–0 in the revived Keighley Charity Cup final at the end of the season. In the years that followed, Town would win the County Amateur league premier title, and would be joined by Silsden in that league – yet by the end of the decade Town would again be defunct, Town's demise around the same time as Hockey's death.
He died of a heart attack shortly after taking part in a five-a-side tournament in Keighley on 2 April 1987, aged 43.
|1.||28 March 1973||Ninian Park, Cardiff, Wales||Poland||2–0||Win||1974 WC qualification|
|Correct as of 31 August 2010|
- Soccer Whos Who compiled by Maurice Golesworthy The Sportsmans Book Club London 1965
- A century of sporting memories