Men's England Hockey League

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Men's England Hockey League
England Hockey's Men's Hockey League logo.jpg
CountriesEngland England
AdministratorEngland Hockey
First tournament1974–75
Number of teams10 (Premier Division)
10 (Conference East)
10 (Conference North)
10 (Conference West)
Current championSurbiton
Most successfulCannock
(7 titles)
WebsiteMen's Hockey League

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

Format[edit]

Regular season[edit]

There are 40 clubs in the league which features a national Premier Division of ten teams and three regional ten team Conferences - North, West and East. 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] In 2016–17, after Wimbledon finished fourth in the 2016–17 Euro Hockey League, England were invited to enter a third team in the 2017–18 Euro Hockey League. The third qualifier was Holcombe who won a 3rd/4th play-off at the League Finals Weekend. [3][4]

Promotion and relegation[edit]

Premier Division Play-Off

The winners of the three Conferences join the ninth-placed team from the Premier Division in a round-robin tournament. The top two teams from this tournament qualify for the following seasons Premier Division. The tenth-placed Premier Division team is automatically relegated to the Conferences.

Conference Play-Off

Below the Men's England Hockey League there are five regional leagues – East, Midlands, North, South and West. The winners of these leagues are promoted to the Men's England Hockey League for the following season. The three teams that finished ninth in the Conferences enter a round-robin tournament. The winner will remain in the Conferences while the other two will be relegated to their respective regional leagues along with the three teams that finished tenth in each Conference. The fixtures are played across three weekends with each side play a home and an away tie. [1][2][5]

2018–19 teams[edit]

Premier Division[edit]

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

Conference East[edit]

Team Home town/suburb Home pitch
Brighton & Hove Brighton and Hove Blatchington Mill
Cambridge City Cambridge Wilberforce Road
Canterbury Canterbury Polo Farm
City of Peterborough Peterborough
Old Georgians Addlestone St George's College
Old Loughtonians Chigwell Roding Sports Centre
Oxted Oxted Oxted School
Richmond Richmond, London University of Westminster
Southgate Trent Park Southgate Hockey Centre
Teddington Teddington Teddington School

Conference North[edit]

Team Home town/suburb Home pitch
Alderley Edge Alderley Edge
Belper Belper Belper Meadows
Bowdon Bowdon, Greater Manchester
Doncaster Doncaster Doncaster Town Field Sports Club
Leeds Leeds Sports Park Weetwood
Loughborough Students Loughborough University
Preston Preston
Sheffield Hallam Sheffield Hallam University Abbeydale Park
University of Durham University of Durham
University of Nottingham University of Nottingham

Conference West[edit]

Team Home town/suburb Home pitch
Cardiff & Met Cardiff Sophia Gardens
Chichester Chichester Chichester College
Fareham Fareham
Havant Havant
Isca Exeter
Olton & West Warwicks Olton West Warwickshire Sports Club
Oxford Hawks Oxford
Team Bath Buccaneers University of Bath
University of Birmingham University of Birmingham Bournbrook
University of Bristol University of Bristol

Source:[1]

Winners[edit]

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

Premiership Tournament/Super Cup[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]

Women's England Hockey League

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Men's Hockey League". www.englandhockey.co.uk. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Play-Offs". www.englandhockey.co.uk. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Wimbledon success results in extra Finals fixture". www.englandhockey.co.uk. 21 April 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Holcombe set to replace Surbiton in EHL KO16". ehlhockey.tv. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Regional & Other Leagues". www.englandhockey.co.uk. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  6. ^ "M1 Retain Their MHL Title With Sudden Death Shootout". surbitonhc.com. 29 April 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2019.