Imran Sherwani

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Imran Sherwani
Personal information
Full name Imran Ahmed Khan Sherwani
Born (1962-04-09) 9 April 1962 (age 56)
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England

Imran Ahmed Khan Sherwani (born 9 April 1962) is a former English field hockey player.

He won gold with the Great Britain squad at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. He played on the left wing, and scored two of the three goals against Germany in the 1988 final, making a significant contribution to the match. In a BBC News article Imran Sherwani was quoted: "When we got back to Heathrow Airport it was bizarre for a hockey player to walk out to hundreds of cheering people. You see it with rugby and football but not usually hockey." He also won silver with the England squad at the 1986 Hockey World Cup in London. Sherwani was capped 45 times for Great Britain and 49 times for England.[1][2]

Sherwani was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, and is of Pakistani descent. Ever since he played in his first match at the age of 14, Sherwani dreamt of playing in the Olympic Games. His father played hockey for Pakistan and his great uncles played football for Stoke City and Port Vale.[3]

Sherwani worked as a policeman, but had to leave the Staffordshire Police force as his training programme became heavier, so to get by he became a newsagent like his father. He now works as an independent financial advisor. He has played club hockey for Stourport, Stone and Leek, and was Director of Hockey at Denstone College in Staffordshire.[4][5] He also has and has links with Cannock Hockey Club, where his three sons play. Sherwani was selected as one of the torchbearers for the 2012 Summer Olympics torch relay.