The History of Horsham Hockey Club

The very early years

 

In 1906/7 Horsham Hockey Club was affiliated to the Sussex County Association. They played in dark green shirts with light blue collars and cuffs. The colours later changed to red shirts and matches were played at The Shelley Arms Broadbridge Heath. This early club did not resume playing after World War 2.

 

A new beginning

 

  • 1967/68 & 1968/69 a few trial games were played at the Cricket Club.

  • April 1969. The inaugural meeting of the Horsham Hockey Club under the Presidency and Chairmanship of Dr John Dew. Men’s section only. Founder Members include Hugh Thomas, Allistair Barnes, Richard Marshall and Barry Peay who all paid an annual sub of 10 shillings (50p)

  • The first match was played against East Grinstead on Saturday 25th October 1969 followed by a match against Cranleigh the next day, both were lost.

  • 1970 to 72 The 1st XI were unbeaten in 46 matches.

  • 1971 The Ladies section was set up

  • 1973/4 The Men were promoted to Sussex Division 1

  • 1974/75 The Ladies and Men’s Clubs amalgamate. A 3rd XI for the Men was started

  • 1975/6 A 4th XI for the Men appeared as did Mixed Hockey

  • April 1977 John Dew stood down as President and Hugh Thomas took over the role.

  • 1979 Jan Bartlett gains her International Umpires Badge

  • 1979/80 A 5th XI for the Men

  • 1981/82 The Sunday Mixed side appears on the scene as does the successful Sunday Men’s team captained by Nick ‘Fugly’ Evans and later Nick ‘Willis’ Kimberly

  • 1983/4 The Men’s 1st XI promoted to the Kent Sussex Regional League. Nigel Dean becomes Indoor Captain for the next 6 years. A Ladies 3rd XI is started. Tony Salmon becomes our Chairman

  • 1984 The Horsham Hobblers start playing Vets Hockey

  • 1984/85 The Men’s 1st XI is relegated back to the Sussex League. The Inaugural Annual Dinner takes place.

  • 1986/87 The Colt’s Section is started by Tom and Steph White

  • 1987/88 An asto pitch is laid at Broadbridge Heath and a new era of hockey begins at Horsham.

  • 1988/89 The Men’s 1st XI return to the Kent Sussex Regional League. The Men’s 2nd XI also promoted to the 2nd XI Regional league

  • 1989/90 The Ladies 1st XI is promoted to The South League Division 2. The Under 16 Boys and the Under 18 Boys both win the Mercian League Cup Final

  • 1991 The Ladies win the 1st XI Cup final for the first time

  • 1993/94 The Men’s 3rd XI playing in Kent Sussex Regional League

  • 1995/96 The 1st XI Ladies win the County Cup as do the Men’s 3rd XI. The Men’s 1st XI win the County Plate

  • 1996/97 The Ladies 1st XI promoted to The South Division 1. The Men’s 3rd XI promoted to the South Open Premier League Division B. The Ladies 1st XI wins the County Cup. The Mixed team win the EHMA Timpson Trophy

  • 1997/98 The Ladies 1st XI win the County Cup

  • 1999/00 The Ladies 1st XI win the County Cup. The Men’s 1st XI win the County Plate. The Men’s 2nd promoted into the South 2nd XI Division 2 and the 3rd XI promoted into the South 3rd XI Division 1. Ladies Vets win the County Cup.

  • 2000/01 The Ladies 1st XI win the County Cup. The men’s 1st XI win the County Plate. The Ladies are the Sussex Vets Champions. The Ladies are promoted to the Indoor National League Division 2

  • 2001/02 The Ladies 1st XI win the County Cup. The Men’s 2nd XI relegated to The Kent Sussex 2nd XI Open League. The Men’s 3rd XI Relegated to the Kent Sussex 3rd XI Open League.

  • 2002/03 The Ladies 1st XI win the County Cup. The Ladies Vets win the County Cup. The Men’s 3rd XI relegated to the County League

  • 2003/04 The Ladies 1st XI win the County Cup. The men’s 1st XI win the County Plate. The Ladies are the County Vets champions

  • 2004/05 The Ladies 1st XI are promoted into The National League Division 3 and also win the County Cup

  • 2005/06 The Ladies 1st XI promoted to National League Division 2 and win the County Cup. The Ladies 2nd XI win the Sussex Plate. The Ladies 4th XI win the Sussex Vase. The Men’s 1st XI win the Sussex Plate and the Hobblers win the County Cup

  • 2006/07 The Ladies 2nd XI win The County Cup (1st XI). The Men’s 1st XI win the County Plate

  • 2008/09 Under 16 Girls are Runners up in the National Indoor Competition. The Under 18 Girls win the National Plate Final.

  • 2008/09 Ladies National League re-structure, now play in East Conference

  • 2008-2011 Ladies 2nd XI play in South League 3B

  • 2009 -2015 Ladies 1st XI National League Conference East

  • 2010/11 Ladies Vets win National Over 35 Plate Competition

  • 2010/11 The Mixed Team are Runners Up in the National Knock Out Cup

  • 2011/12 Ladies Vets Runners Up National Over 35 Plate Competition

  • 2011-2015 Ladies 1st XI win Sussex Knock Out Cup

  • 2013-2016 Ladies 2nd XI return to South League 3B again

  • 2013/14 Men’s 1st XI promoted to South Premiere League Division 2

  • 2014/15 The Mixed Team are 3rd Place in the National Knock Out Cup

  • 2015-2018 Ladies 1st XI relegated to South Division 1

  • 2016/17 Men’s 1st XI promoted to South Premiere League Division 1

  • 2017 & 2018 Ladies 1st XI win Sussex Knock out Cup

  • 2017 Ladies 2nd XI return to South League 3B once more

  • 2017 & 2018 Men’s 1st XI win Sussex Knock Out Cup

  • 2017/18 The Mixed Team are 4th Place in the National Knock Out Cup

  • 2018 Ladies 1st XI promoted to National League Conference East

  • 2018 Men’s 1st XI relegated to South Premiere League Division 2

  • 2018 The Hobblers are disbanded

  • 2019 Hugh Thomas, our President passes on to another place

  • 2020/21 Covid-19 hits the UK and Hockey seasons are cut short as the country goes into lockdown

  • 2022 England Hockey compete a national league restructure which means L1 retain National League and M1 are promoted