East Grinstead Hockey Club

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East Grinstead Hockey Club (logo).png
Founded 1897
Leagues Men's England Hockey League
Women's England Hockey League
London Hockey League
South League
Manager Glenn Kirkham
Coach Mike Holland
Club Captain Will Arthur
Venue Saint Hill
National Indoor Wins 13 times, 2019 latest
National Premier league 2008/09, 2009/10
Capacity 250
Town East Grinstead, West Sussex, England
Team Colours White shirt, Navy shorts, White socks (Home)
Navy shirt, White shorts, Navy socks (Away)

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.

History[edit]

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.

Players[edit]

Men's First Team Squad 2019-20 Season[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 England GK Paddy Smith
2 England GK Ollie Thilo
4 England FW Luke Emmett
5 England DF Dan Faulkner
6 Wales MF Lewis Prosser
7 Wales FW Joe Naughalty
8 England FW Andy Piper
9 England MF Wesley Jackson
10 England FW Chris Griffiths
11 England FW David Condon
12 England DF Sam Hatherley
13 England DF Andy Blood
14 Netherlands FW Tijn van Groesen
No. Position Player
15 England DF Simon Faulkner (captain)
16 England MF Ben Mackey
17 England MF Richard Lane
18 Wales DF Alistair Clift
19 England MF Matt Blood
20 England MF Seb Walton
21 England FW Liam Ansell
22 Scotland MF Ross Stott
24 England Barney Bithell
26 England MF Dylan Holland
28 England FW Andy Yiu
30 England FW Rob Cope
31 England Joe Farmer

Ladies First Team Squad 2019-20 Season[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 England GK Becky Waters
2 Malaysia GK Farah Ayuni Yahya
3 England Rosie Hope
5 Scotland DF Amy Costello
6 New Zealand MF Bridget Blackwood
7 England Lucy Holder
8 England MF Tessa Howard
9 England FW Courtney Hansford
10 England MF Laura Unsworth
11 England FW Cathy Nicholson
12 Wales MF Hannah Cozens
13 England FW Ellie Rayer
16 England FW Chloe Palmer
17 Republic of Ireland FW Chloe Brown
18 England FW Josephine Blunt
19 England FW Sophie Bray (captain)
20 England Ashlie Samra
No. Position Player
21 England DF Harriet Mitchell
23 England FW Lydia Macdonell
24 England Emily Harris
25 Malaysia DF Nuraini Rashid
26 England FW Natasha Brennan
27 Wales Elizabeth Jones
29 England FW Jess Denniff
30 England GK Millie Regan
- England Kitty Baccanello
- England FW Zoe Burrell
- South Africa Pippa Chapman
- England MF Ruth Gordon
- England Lucy Bairner
- England Freya Gladstone
- England Eloise Richards

Ladies First Team Honours[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Individual Honours[edit]

References[edit]