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Surbiton Hockey Club

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Surbiton Hockey Club
Full nameSurbiton Hockey Club
Founded1874; 145 years ago (1874)
Home groundSugden Road, Long Ditton
ChairmanAndy Powdrell
LeagueMen's England Hockey League
Women's England Hockey League

Surbiton Hockey Club is a field hockey club based in Long Ditton, Surrey, England. The club is one of the oldest hockey clubs in the world, being established in 1874. The home ground is based in Long Ditton, at Sugden Road.[1] The club is currently the leading club in England with the women's team winning the league for five years in succession and the men's team winning the last two titles.[2][3]

The Men's 1st Team play in the Men's England Hockey League and the Ladies 1st Team play in the Women's England Hockey League. The club fields twelve men's sides, including one veterans and one super-vets team, as well as eight ladies sides and also youth sides.[4][5]

The men's 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th teams play in divisions of the Higgins Group London Hockey League, while the 'Jokers' and 'Magnets' sides play in the veterans section of this league. The 4As play in the Surrey Area Division 2 of the South Hockey League. The 6th, 7th, 8th teams and the 'Sparticans' play in the Surrey Open Hockey League. The ladies' 2nd and 3rd teams play in the South Clubs' Women's Hockey League while the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th teams play in the Surrey Ladies Hockey League. The boys and girls teams (U-11 up to U-18) play in the Mercian Home Counties Colts Hockey League.

Formative years

Founded in 1874, Surbiton is the second oldest hockey club in the world. Surbiton has continuously played the modern game of hockey excluding the duration of World War I and World War II. The first competitive match was played on 3 February 1875 against Teddington in Bushy Park, winning by two goals to one and the club remained unbeaten until 26 January 1878.

Post-war years

Surbiton was the first winner of the London League in 1970. In the 1970s however, the club's fortunes declined and the Club management embarked on a major youth training and club development programme. The first of the "home grown" players came into the 1st Xl in 1984 and started the turnaround in the club's on-pitch fortunes by winning the Surrey Cup in 1986 and finishing 6th in the London League.

The club did not make it into the National League when it started (in 1988), but Surbiton went on to win the London League in 1990 and again in 1991, thereby gaining entry to the 2nd Division of the National League. Immediate promotion to the 1st Division (then the top division) was gained by winning the 2nd Division, but was followed disappointingly by relegation in 1993. Over the next four seasons, promotion was again followed by relegation, before the Club cemented its place among the elite in the Premier Division in 1999.

In 2001, Surbiton finished 2nd in the Premier Division and won the Premier Division playoffs. As a result, they were one of England's representatives in the European Club Championship in Antwerp in 2002. They lost the bronze medal match to Egara, the Spanish representatives. In 2002, Surbiton finished 2nd again in the Premier Division, but lost the Premier play-offs final to Reading 3-2. As a result, they represented England in the European Cup Winners Cup in Spain in 2003. Surbiton's first European medal came upon beating the Polish representatives in a tight game to earn the bronze. In 2003, Surbiton finished 3rd in the Premier Division, but lost their first game in the play-offs to Loughborough Students, immediately after returning from Spain.

The 2012/13 season began with a poor run of results that saw Surbiton rooted to the bottom of the National Premier League. With the shock transfer of captain Tim Deakin to struggling rivals East Grinstead during the winter break, Surbiton faced the unenviable task of rebuilding their season without their talismanic defender. However, new coach Todd Williams and his relatively young squad turned their fortunes round to finish the season in second place, qualifying for the play-offs and beating already-crowned champions Beeston 6-1 along the way. This victory was not to be the high point of the season, as the squad then qualified for the EuroHockey League for the first time in their history by beating Canterbury 5-2 in the play-off semi-final. They will also go into the 2013/-14 season as NOW: Pensions Men's Cup holders, after a 3-1 win over Hampstead and Westminster in the 2012-13 final at Wakefield Hockey Club.

Surbiton Ladies have, since 2004/-05, risen from the Surrey Ladies League Premier Division, up to the Investec Women's Hockey League Premier Division. Having been relegated from the South Clubs' Women's Hockey League Division Two to the Surrey League in 2003/-04, Surbiton Ladies discovered that on their return to the regional league, the South League had added a third division, split into two regions (3A and 3B). Far from daunted, Surbiton Ladies won Division 3B at the first attempt; and after finishing fourth, then second, in their first two seasons in Division 2; won promotion to Division 1 in 2008/-09. At the end of the 2009/-10 season, Surbiton Ladies had won promotion to the Women's England Hockey League for the first time in their history, after their second successive championship triumph, finishing top of SCWHL Division 1. In 2010/-11, Surbiton Ladies finished as runners-up to Sevenoaks in the newly sponsored Investec Women's Hockey League Conference East; and then in 2011/12 Surbiton won the Conference East, and then finished second in the Investec Promotion Tournament, to ensure that they would play in the Investec Women's Hockey League Premier Division in 2012/-13. In addition, Surbiton Ladies have played in two successive Investec Women's Cup finals whilst in the Conference East, losing 4-1 to Premier Division opposition on both occasions (Bowdon Hightown in 2010-11; and the University of Birmingham in 2011-12).


Surbiton's current home ground constitutes one water-based and one sand-based Edel Grass pitch. The old second (sand-based) pitch (referred to by some club members as "The Beach") was replaced by the second water-based pitch as part of the club's re-development over summer 2013. The preceding months had seen a total of £1 million raised, including grants from Sport England as well as SHC's own fundraising initiatives - under the banner "Bye Bye To The Beach".

Further club refurbishment over the summer also included an expanded kitchen facility and an increase in the number of changing rooms and toilets. Surbiton's original home ground was on Balaclava Road but moved to Sugden Road in 1908, to make way for the Seething Wells water works. The current pavilion building was first erected in 1986, with the first artificial pitch being installed in 1991 - the second pitch was added in 1995.

Colours and Crest

The club colours are white, green and magenta. This is embodied on the club shirt which is predominantly white with a single magenta strip across the chest and a single dark green strip directly underneath. The club's crest is on the two stripes in white on the left breast, while the kit sponsor is on the right. The current shirt sponsor (as of October 2013) is BT Sport. This shirt is worn with dark blue shorts/skorts and dark green socks with white trim, and thin white/magenta hoops. The current shorts sponsor (as of October 2013) is Weybridge based specialist gym (Locker 27), which the Men's 1st XI occasionally use for strength and conditioning training.

The Men's 1st XI's away strip consists of a black shirt worn with white shorts and magenta socks. The rest of the club continues to wear the more renowned dark green shirt of previous seasons. This shirt has magenta and white stripes in similar fashion to the home shirt (the white stripe replaces the green stripe). This is also worn with dark blue shorts/skorts but with all-white socks.

The club crest is a very simple design bearing the 'SHC' abbreviation of the club's name, with 'Surbiton 1874' underneath.


Surbiton was originally involved in many of the developments which mark out hockey as a different pitch game from any other – the striking circle, two umpires, and stopping the ball before a penalty corner shot, for example. The club was also instrumental in taking hockey to schools and universities during the latter part of the 19th century, whilst International and Divisional matches were also played on its original ground at Balaclava Road in Surbiton.

The club was a founder member of the Hockey Association in 1886 and is currently one of three Surrey-based clubs playing in the National League (the others being Guildford and Oxted). The block fixture system, whereby on the same day every team in the club played the equal level team in another club, provided the solid foundation on which hockey thrived right up to the starting of the leagues in the late 1960s. The 600-strong Colts' section now provides the opportunity for talented young players to progress to county, divisional and national age group representative sides, as well as to the top sides in the Club itself. Several players have made this progression and some are current first team members. One player, Brett Garrard, began his hockey career at Surbiton and went on to become Great Britain and England's most capped player of all time. He now coaches the Surbiton ladies 1st XI.

Surbiton has always been a well-travelled touring club, with their infamous Strollers starting the Easter touring tradition in 1928. The Keeper of the Banana and associated rituals continue into the 21st Century and such is the size of the club that this has given birth to other touring sides, the most notable including the Lastminute Crusaders and Pirates of Kazakhstan.


Men's First Team Squad 2019-20 Season

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 Harry Gibson
2 Scotland MF Tim Atkins
3 England DF Luke Taylor
4 England MF Rob Farrington
5 England MF Tom Sorsby
6 England FW Ben Boon
7 England DF Jonny Gall (captain)
9 England FW Arjan Drayton Chana
10 England FW Dave Beckett
11 England DF Jonty Griffiths
13 England MF Zach Wallace
14 England MF James Royce
15 England Ollie Shelton
17 Scotland FW Alan Forsyth
18 England DF Brendan Creed
19 England MF David Goodfield
No. Position Player
21 England FW Olly Witts
22 Netherlands Theun De Leeuw
23 England Finn Cooper
24 England MF Sam Spencer
25 Scotland MF Nick Parkes
26 England MF James Gall
27 England DF Conor Williamson
28 England GK Mark Haycroft
29 Wales GK Jack Tranter
30 England GK Ore Ogunlana
31 England Nikolaus Habbel
32 England FW Scott Evans
33 England Josh Redstone
34 England GK Josh Grigg
36 England Max Anderson
37 England Ben Tinker

Ladies First Team Squad 2019-20 Season

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 Sabbie Heesh
2 England GK Grace Lawes
3 New Zealand GK Grace O'Hanlon
4 England DF Darcy Bourne
5 England DF Giselle Ansley
6 England DF Alice Klugman
7 England MF Sarah Evans (captain)
8 England MF Georgie Twigg
9 England FW Jo Hunter
10 England MF Hannah Martin
11 England MF Holly Payne
12 England DF Emily Atkinson
13 England DF Ella Burnley
15 England DF Issy Carey
16 England MF Emily Defroand
18 England FW Erica Sanders
No. Position Player
19 England MF Susie Catlin
20 England DF Hollie Pearne-Webb
21 England FW Jenna Woolven
22 England DF Fran Rowley
23 England MF Alice Sharp
24 England FW Beckie Middleton
25 England DF Holly Munro
26 Scotland DF Robyn Collins
28 England FW Natalie Maclean
29 England GK Tess Shahbo
30 England FW Eloise Stenner
31 England Hannah Denison
34 England Emily Guckian
35 England Peggy Winterborn
40 England GK Brooke Butler
- Scotland GK Abi Walker




Notable players

Men's internationals

 England/ Great Britain
 Scotland/ Great Britain

Women's internationals

 England/ Great Britain
 Scotland/ Great Britain
 New Zealand


  1. ^ "Surbiton Hockey Club". Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Report". Surbiton Hockey Club.
  3. ^ "Report". Surbiton Hockey Club.
  4. ^ "EHL Men's league tables". Archived from the original on 11 October 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  5. ^ "WHL Women's league tables". Retrieved 8 December 2014.

External links

This page was last edited on 20 October 2019, at 19:03
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