Men's England Hockey League

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Men's England Hockey League
Most recent season or competition:
2019–20 Men's Hockey League season
England Hockey's Men's Hockey League logo.jpg
SportField hockey
Founded1974; 46 years ago (1974)
Inaugural season1974–75
AdministratorEngland Hockey
No. of teams10
CountryEngland
ConfederationEHF (Europe)
Most recent
champion(s)
Surbiton (3rd title)
(2019–20)
Most titlesCannock (7 titles)
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toDivision One
Domestic cup(s)England Hockey Men's Championship Cup
International cup(s)Euro Hockey League
Official websiteMen's Hockey League

The Men's England Hockey League is a field hockey league organized by England Hockey that features men's teams from England.

Format[edit]

Regular season[edit]

There are 60 teams in the league, the top tier consists of a Premier Division of ten teams. Below this is tier two, which consists of two ten-team Division One regional teams (North and South). The third tier consists of three regional conferences North, West, and East, all consisting of ten teams. The teams play each other home and away during an 18 week season from September to April. The league has a winter break between December and February. [1] The winners of the Premier Division regular season automatically qualify to play in the Euro Hockey League. [2]

League Finals Weekend[edit]

The top four Premier Division teams from the regular season qualify for the League Finals Weekend. The team that wins this tournament will be overall champions of the Men's England Hockey League and will qualify to play in the Euro Hockey League. If the team finishing top of the Premier Division at the end of the regular season also wins the League Finals Weekend tournament, the tournament runners-up will qualify as England's second team in the Euro Hockey League. [2]

2019–20 teams[edit]

Premier Division[edit]

Team City/town Home pitch
Beeston Beeston, Nottinghamshire Nottingham Hockey Centre
Brooklands MU Sale, Greater Manchester Brooklands Sports Club
East Grinstead East Grinstead, West Sussex East Grinstead Sports Club
Hampstead & Westminster Maida Vale Paddington Recreation Ground
Holcombe Rochester, Kent Holcombe Park
Old Georgians Addlestone St George's College
Reading Reading, Berkshire Sonning Lane
Surbiton Long Ditton, Surrey Sugden Road
University of Exeter Exeter Streatham Campus
Wimbledon Wimbledon, London King's College School

Division One South[edit]

Team City/town Home pitch
Brighton & Hove Brighton and Hove Blatchington Mill
Canterbury Canterbury Polo Farm
Fareham Fareham The Henry Cort Community College
Havant Havant Havant Park
Oxford Hawks Oxford Banbury Road North
Oxted Oxted Oxted School
Sevenoaks Sevenoaks, Kent Vine Cricket Ground, Hollybush Lane
Southgate Trent Park Southgate Hockey Centre
Team Bath Buccaneers Bath University of Bath
Teddington Teddington Teddington School

Division One North[edit]

Team City/town Home pitch
Bowdon Bowdon, Greater Manchester The Bowdon Club
Cardiff & Met Cardiff Sophia Gardens
City of Peterborough Peterborough Queen Katharine Academy
Durham University Durham The Graham Sports Centre
Leeds Leeds Sports Park Weetwood
Loughborough Students Loughborough Loughborough University
Olton & West Warwicks Olton West Warwickshire Sports Club
Sheffield Hallam Sheffield Hallam University Abbeydale Park
University of Birmingham University of Birmingham Bournbrook
University of Nottingham Nottingham University of Nottingham

History[edit]

The Men's National League was introduced for the first time in 1974–75.

List of champions[edit]

Season Champions Runners Up
1974–75 Bedfordshire Eagles (1) Southgate
1975–76 Slough (1) Bury St Edmunds YMCA
1976–77 Southgate (1) Bedfordshire Eagles
1977–78 Southgate (2) Trojans
1978–79 Isca (1)
1979–80 Slough (2) Westcliff
1980–81 Slough (3) Westcliff
1981–82 Slough (4) Cambridge City
1982–83 Slough (5) Fareham
1983–84 Neston (1) Lyons
1984–85 East Grinstead (1) Slough
1985–86 East Grinstead (2) Isca
1986–87 Slough (6) Old Loughtonians
1987–88 Southgate (3) Stourport
1988–89 Southgate (4) Havant
1989–90 Hounslow (1) East Grinstead
1990–91 Havant (1) Indian Gymkhana
1991–92 Havant (2) Hounslow
1992–93 Hounslow (2) Southgate
1993–94 Havant (3) Hounslow
1994–95 Teddington (1) Reading
1995–96 Cannock (1) Reading
1996–97 Reading (1) Teddington
1997–98 Cannock (2) Canterbury
1998–99 Cannock (3) Southgate
1999–2000 Canterbury (1) Cannock
2000–01 Reading (2) Surbiton
2001–02 Reading (3) Surbiton
2002–03 Cannock (4) Reading
2003–04 Cannock (5) Reading
2004–05 Cannock (6) Reading
2005–06 Cannock (7) Surbiton
2006–07 Reading (4) Cannock
2007–08 Reading (5) East Grinstead
2008–09 East Grinstead (2) Reading
2009–10 East Grinstead (3) Beeston
2010–11 Beeston (1) East Grinstead
2011–12 Reading (6) East Grinstead
2012–13 Beeston (2) Surbiton
2013–14 Beeston (3) East Grinstead
2014–15 Wimbledon (1) East Grinstead
2015–16 Wimbledon (2) Reading
2016–17 Surbiton (1) Wimbledon
2017–18 Surbiton [3] (2) Hampstead & Westminster
2018–19 Hampstead & Westminster (1) Surbiton
2019–20 Surbiton[4] (3) Hampstead & Westminster

Champions[edit]

By club[edit]

Club Championships Runners-up Winning seasons
Cannock 7 2 1995–96, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06
Reading 6 7 1996–97, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2011–12
Slough 6 1 1975–76, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1986–87
East Grinstead 4 6 1984–85, 1985–86, 2008–09, 2009–10
Southgate 4 3 1976–77, 1977–78, 1987–88, 1988–89
Surbiton 3 5 2016–17, 2017–18, 2019–20
Havant 3 1 1990–91, 1992–92, 1993–94
Beeston 3 1 2010–11, 2012–13, 2013–14
Hounslow 2 2 1989–90, 1992–93
Wimbledon 2 1 2014–15, 2015–16
Hampstead & Westminster 1 2 2018–19
Bedforshire Eagles 1 1 1974–75
Isca 1 1 1978–79
Teddington 1 1 1994–95
Canterbury 1 1 1999–2000
Neston 1 0 1983–84
Westcliff 0 2
Bury St Edmunds YMCA 0 1
Trojans 0 1
Cambridge City 0 1
Fareham 0 1
Lyons 0 1
Old Loughtonians 0 1
Stourport 0 1
Indian Gymkhana 0 1

By region[edit]

Region Championships Clubs
South East England 23 Reading (6), Slough (6), East Grinstead (4), Havant (3), Surbiton (3), Canterbury (1)
Greater London 10 Southgate (4), Hounslow (2), Wimbledon (2), Teddington (1), Hampstead & Westminster (1)
West Midlands 7 Cannock (7)
East Midlands 3 Beeston (3)
South West England 1 Isca (1)
North West England 1 Neston (1)
East of England 1 Berdforshire Eagles (1)

Premiership Tournament/Super Cup winners[edit]

Season Champions Runners Up
1998–99 Cannock Reading
1999–2000 Cannock Canterbury
2000–01 Surbiton Guildford
2001–02 Reading Surbiton
2002–03 Reading Loughborough Students
2003–04 Reading Cannock
2004–05 Cannock Reading
2005–06 Reading Surbiton

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Men's Hockey League". www.englandhockey.co.uk. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Play-Offs". www.englandhockey.co.uk. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  3. ^ "M1 Retain Their MHL Title With Sudden Death Shootout". surbitonhc.com. 29 April 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  4. ^ "M1 & L1 Champions, L2 Promoted". Surbiton Hockey Club.