Christmas Party 14th December

Dear all,

The Stafford Hockey Club Christmas Party is almost upon us! Join us at Riverway, on the 14th December from 7pm for food, drink, games and entertainment. Book your place by either adding your name to the guest list at the bar or letting captains know. The price is £7 including a glass of mulled wine, or £5 for juniors.

Please feel free to invite partners and friends along for the evening and we hope to see as many friendly faces there as possible.

Hockey committee



A message from the legend that is Barney!

“As well as providing such match reports as ‘Stafford 2nds Vs Teford’, ‘Stafford 2nds vs Stone’ and many more, I’m also doing something stupid for Movemeber.

For EVERY £100 raised on my page, I AM GETTING A TATTOO OF A MOUSTACHE. For realz. I’d really like to hit the £1000 mark, so if you can spare a £1 or even £2, please pop over to and donate. I’d really appreciate it.

If you want to see this message as a jingle (featuring a glockenspiel), please go here

Also, men of Stafford hockey club. Movmeber has a serious message behind it, so look after your health, check your balls! Find out more here”

Stafford Fathom / 5th. Team v Aldridge & Walsall Fathom ‘B’ Team on Saturday 30th. November 2013

Stafford Fathom Team / 5th. Team ( as at 27-11-2013 ) for Saturday 30th. November for Fathom Game against Aldridge & Walsall Fathoms ‘B’ Team Re : 10am pushback at Beaconside and Stafford Fathom Players to meet at 9.30am at Beaconside :
1) Pog ( GK )
2) Peter Powers
3) Alan Snell
4) Carl Dudley
5) Paul Rennie
6) Kyle Rennie
7) Dan Wheawall – 1st Half Only & Brad Evans – 2nd. Half Only
8) Matthew Till
9) Damon Morbray
10) Will Trotter
11) Declan Martin
12) Tyler Murray
13) Taran Bassie
14) Me – John Sinclair ( If needed ).

Umpires :
Charlie Trotter or hopefully a Stafford 1st. Team Player to be confirmed by Richard Buka, Stafford 1st. Team Captain & Brad Evans ( 1st. Half Only ) + another 1st. Team Player to be confirmed by Richard Buka, Stafford 1st. Team Captain.

Stafford 2nd team to play Wolverhampton

Stafford 2nd team to play wolverhampton – 12:15 meet at the club or 1pm at Aldersley Stadium (2pm start)

Paul Ruddle – yes

Rob Peatfield – yes
Gareth Minton – yes – direct

Elliot Glennon – yes
Andy Barnett – yes
James Faulconbridge – yes

Colin Bishop – yes – direct
James Gillingham – yes

Dan Howe – yes
Jack Ball – yes

Mike Wymer – yes – direct
Rich Bendall – yes
Ian Robinson – yes – direct

1st Team Match Report v Tamworth

Stafford HC 1st team took the honours last weekend away against Staffordshire rivals Tamworth, winning 6-1 to go top of West Midlands Division 1.


However as per normal Stafford started poorly, seemingly unable to string passes together.  Tamworth capitalised on a loose pass and broke down the left, a missed tackle by Simon Parnell allowed the winger to cross the ball to the far post, leaving Brad Evans stranded, 1-0 to Tamworth.  It could have been worse when a similar move saw a Tamworth forward in front of goal with just the last defender to beat, his shot was topped and Giles Rowden was able to clear the ball.


After this Stafford woke up and were able to put some pressure on the Tamworth circle, a couple of rash challenges saw penalty corners awarded.  Ben Hollands equalised after a Randall Moore shot was saved, Hollands smashing the rebound home.  Stafford then took the lead with a slipped corner to Ben Cantrill, a talented ballet dancer in his youth, who pirouetted and hit the ball home.


1-1 at half time but after the break it was one way traffic, Moore was leaving his markers for dust and creating some good chances, an inform keeper was the only thing keeping him at bay.  Eventually he scored his first after great work by man of the match John Peatfield, a well placed pass to Moore allowed him to slot it home.  Dan Rennie then scored a lovely deflected goal after sneaking behind his marker, Moore completed his hat-trick, with a couple of unstoppable shots.


There was still time for Stafford to hit the post twice but the result was beyond doubt.  Stafford went top to join the 2nd team in a similar position in their league and the 3rd team in second position.  Its becoming a stella season for the Riverway Club.  Next weekend the 1st team have a blank fixture before returning to league action away against Ludlow on the 7th December.

Stafford 3XI Result vs West Brom

Stafford 8 West Brom 0

Ian Robertson 3
John Sutton 1
Tony Milner 1
Nathan Silito 2
OG 1

MOM Nathan Silito

Stafford’s start was not the best and reflected not having played for 2 weeks. Once they settled down the goals came at regular intervals throughout the remainder of the game.

The deadlock was broken by a slick move with Nathan Silito controlling the ball in the D before laying off a peach of a ball to Robbo who just had to pass it into the back of the goal.

The most well worked goal came from a driving run by John Falconbridge who slipped the ball to Tony Milner just inside the 23 whose first time ball to Dave Parr was laid off to Robbo who scored again.

Nathan got a couple of excellent goals which along with his play on the left deservedly won him man of the match.

West Brom continued to play well throughout the game but struggled to break down the Stafford defence and their spirit was knocked when an strong shot was brilliantly saved by Rich Dean in goal. This was probably their best effort on goal.

Last but not least a mention goes to Tony Milner who scored a wonder goal and proved that it is not all about smashing it into the goal – they all count!

Final league game before the Christmas break is away against Old Wulfrunians.

Stafford 2nd team match report, courtesy of Andy “Ron Burgandy” Barnett

Stafford 2nd vs. Telford

Stafford twos faced a big test to their undefeated record against Telford who had the best defence in the league, concealing just 5 goals up their opening 7 games.

Once again Stafford came out the blocks, and once again Jack Ball grabbed a goal inside the opening 5 minutes, smashing the ball home from a tight angle. unfortunately he was unable to copy last weeks 6 minute hat trick.

However, before long Stafford had doubled there league. Andy Barnett slipped the ball to Mike Whatley at the top of the D who looked to pass, before Dan Howe screamed ‘shoot!’, Mike listened to the big man and drove the ball right into the corner.

Telford managed to find a route back into the game just before the break with a clever short corner that slipped the ball to the side. There was still time for Mike Wymer to make a very naughty play and hit the ball away after giving away the foul. Green Card…naughty Mike.

Stafford excited the packed out Beaconside arena with slide tackles from Andy Simms and some actual good play form Mike Whatley and keeper Paul Ruddle who made a number of tidy saves when the Stafford line was broke.

Half time was surprisingly quiet this week, Cpt. Gareth Minton didn’t use any catchphrases and the usually upbeat Colin Bishop resorted to yelling ‘1-2-3 Stafford’ without an inspirational team talk.

Even without Colin’s word, Stafford started the half well, Richard Bendall got onto the end of a good throw ball before taking it around the keeper. The keeper did not like this one bit, so take Mav out. Mav reacted by putting his arms in the air and staying on his knees until he was ready to mince over and confidently score the flick.

Cpt. Gareth Minton was then so enraged by Andy Simms dropping the C-Bomb that he played the ball to the Telford centre forward. Luckily the striker was also so enrage by the C-Bomb that he missed the chance. Don’t worry folks, Andy has been fined one English pound for this.

I can’t remember Telfords second goal, I wasn’t on the pitch (nor was I for the first), must be the mo. Power to the moustache.

Stafford needed a lift, and at this point, James Falconbirdge used the very last of his teenage boy voice to scream ‘come on Stafford’. This got Colin Bishop in the mood who wanted to make up for his first half miss by hitting every single pad the keeper had. But it’s ok, about 5 minutes later he controlled the ball (taking an age to do so) before scoring an open goal.

The game was then safe as Stafford saw out another great result, leaving them top of the league.

This week, we have the first Stafford Twos player profile.

Name: Dan Howe
Position: Striker
Favourite Team Mate: Andy Barnett
Moment of the Season: The C-Bomb
Favourite member of One Direction: Niall
Season in 5 words: Superb, undefeated bunch of lads

Thanks Dan, next weeks profile will be a classic.

MOM: James Gillingham
DOD: Colin Bishop
Scorers: Colin Bishop, Richard Bendall, Jack Ball, Mike Whatley

Next week, Stafford twos face Wolverhampton, if they win they’ll be top for Christmas.

Stafford Fathom / 5th. Team for Saturday 30th. November 2013 Re : Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team v Tamworth Fathoms

Stafford Fathom / 5th. Team ( as at 20-11-2013 ) for this Saturday ( 23rd. November ) for Fathom game against Tamworth Fathoms at Stone Hockey Club Re : 10am pushback on Stone Hockey Club Astro and Stafford Fathom Players to meet at 9.30am at Stone Hockey Club :

1) Pog ( GK )
2) Neil Jinks
3) Alan Snell
4) Carl Dudley
5) Jack Hodgkinson
6) Ian Hodkinson
7) Declan Martin
8) Harry Coltman
9) Dan Wheawall
10) Damon Morbray
11) Will Trotter
12) Tyler Murray
13) Me – John Sinclair

Umpires : Charlie Trotter & Brad Evans.

John Sinclair – Stafford Fathom / 5th. Captain.

1st team away to Tamworth 23/11/13

12.10 meet at the club for a 2pm push back at Tamworth

Bradson “son-of-the-coach” Evans
Simon “OCD” Parnell
Gilesa “captain” Rowden
Guido “Richard” Malpass
Benjamin “sparky” Cantrill
Richard “feeling-the-pressure” Buka
Steven “fertile” Marsh
Benjamin “Polski” Hollands
Randall “journeyman” Moore
Daniel “McBusted” Rennie
Charles “Justin” Trotter
Andrew “flick-from-an-impossible-angle” Peatfield
John “islander” Peatfield

Any problems, let me know. Buka

Stafford Fathom / 5th. Team Report for Saturday 16th. November 2013 Re : North Staffs Fathoms v Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team

Date : Saturday 16th. November 2013
Fixture : North Staffs Fathoms v Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team
Venue : Staffs University, Stoke Site, Leek Road, Stoke-on-Trent Staffs
Push-Back : 12.00 mid-day
Score : 3-1 ( H/T 1-0 ) ( Lost )

Scorers : Ashley Dunn

MOM : Josh Thorne ( Nominated by Dan Wheawall, watching & barking orders from the sidelines + approved by the rest of the team )

Umpires : N/A

Stafford Fathom Team / 5th. Team :
Pog ( GK ), Paul Rennie, Carl Dudley, Declan Martin, Will Trotter, Tarran Bassie, Hary Coltman, Kyle Rennie, Tyler Murray, Josh Thorne, Ashley Dunn, Ed Baker, John Sinclair / Dan Wheawall.

Stafford 5ths found themselves on the road again this time against North Staffs Fathoms, which they lost 4-0 to last time they played them at their place back in February, but with winning the week before to a strong Wolverhampton Fathom Team, Stafford were hoping this win / performance would flow over into this game.
North Staffs were only able to start the game with 10 players, as one of their players hadn’t turned up and they didn’t have a designated keeper, so they had to nominate one of their out players as a kicking back and all the youngsters who normally play for their fathom team, were playing in a tournament somewhere else, so North Staffs Fathom Captain had to draft in senior players, such as Dave Escombe, who use to many years ago play for Stafford as a first team player and they were only able to supply one umpire to umpire the game.

Unfortunately with 3 senior players missing from Stafford’s last weeks win, it meant Stafford had to re-organise their midfield and defence and with the opposition fielding players with age and experience and Stafford’s side fielding 6 players of 16 and under, it soon became apparent that the side with the age and experience and one less player were soon dominating the proceedings and on numerous occasions Pog in Stafford Fathoms goals, for the first time this season, came to his team rescue with a number of excellent slaves and despite being under the cosh for large periods of the first half, Stafford looked like they were going to the interval / half-way stage on level terms at 0-0 with their opponents, North Staffs ( who were now up to 11 players, as their missing player had turned up for them ), but unfortunately a few minutes before half time they managed to sneak the ball between Stafford’s keeper and his post and went to the interval 1-0 up.

The second half saw Stafford Fathoms Captain John Sinclair, who in the first half had been playing in defence, having to take his turn as being one of the 2 substitutes for the next 10 minutes and within five minutes of the start of the second half, Stafford’s defence found they hadn’t marked their counterparts, as well as they could of done and North Staffs utilised this and extended their lead to two goals to nil, but Stafford were finding this game a lot tougher / harder than their last few games and unfortunately not long after North Staffs extended their lead, young Will Trotter for Stafford took a massive hit / knock to one of his legs and had to be carried off the pitch by Stafford Fathom’s Vice Captain Paul Rennie, who was near to him when the incident happened and Stafford had also unfortunately lost young Kyle Rennie, a little earlier, due to him taking some kind of knock during the game, so that left Stafford down to 11 players and no subs and despite a lot of hard work by Stafford to keep North Staffs at bay, they were unable to stop North Staffs from getting a sneak third goal, but have this, Stafford’s injury woes continued, when their Captain, John Sinclair, who had only been back on the pitch for about 10 minutes, had to leave the pitch again, due to his knee injury flaring up again and Dan Wheawall watching his beloved Stafford Fathoms play, doned a Stafford Fathom White Shirt and went on for the injured Stafford Fathom Captain, so as to ensure Stafford Fathom Team had 11 players on the pitch and with his presence and Stafford’s youthfulness, Stafford started to find more time on the ball, as their opponents appeared to tyre and Stafford started to have a few chances on goal against North Staffs kicking back and before the final whistle blew, Stafford broke away with a great pass from Stafford’s midfield player, Josh Thorne to Dan Wheawall and with Ashley Dunn on one side him and the young Tyler Murray on the other, he was able to draw out North Staffs kicking back to him and he then passed the ball to Ashley Dunn, who slotted the ball into North Staffs empty goal and at the final whistle, even though the Stafford Fathom Team had lost 3-1, the team gave Man of the Match, Josh Thorne ( nominated by Dan Wheawall as he watched / barked orders for the majority of the game from the sidelines and agreed with by the rest of the team ), three cheers to wish him well Re : him playing his last game for Stafford, as unfortunately he was moving onto pastures new, due to him losing his job on Thursday.

Just like last week, Stafford Fathom youngsters were praised again for their performance and team work by North Staffs Fathom Captain and the Ex-Stafford Player, Dave Escombe, on how well they played and adapted themselves, especially as injuries played havoc with the team and it’s formation.

This Saturday ( 23rd November ) Stafford Fathom / 5th. Team are at home to Tamworth Fathoms, but unfortunately, due to Stafford Ladies requiring the 10am slot at Beaconside for a league fixture, Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team are having to play / use Stone Hockey Club Astro Re : 10am push back and all Fathom Players who are picked to play in this game, will need to meet at STONE Hockey Club at 9.30am and Vice Captain, Paul Rennie, Kyle Rennie, Josh Thorne, Ed Baker and Ashley Dunn who played in yesterday’s game against North Staffs Fathoms are unfortunately unable to play in this game, but Peter Powers, Ian Hodkinson, Alan Snell who missed yesterday’s game, due to other commitments and Matthew Till, who was ill are all available to play in this game.

In October last year Stafford Fathoms / 5th. Team played Tamworth Fathoms Away and won the game 1-0 with Peter Chiu scoring the winning goal, so hopefully Stafford can keep up the good work and team spirit and get back to the winning ways of 2 weeks ago.

1st Team Match Reports v Old Wulfs and Lymm

Stafford HC 1st team beat Old Wulfrunians HC 9-2 last Saturday to go second in West Midlands Division 1, on Sunday they lost 5-3 in the Hockey Association Vase to Cheshire team Lymm HC.


Against Old Wulfs, Stafford put in a commanding performance to overwhelm their opponents.  However Stafford seem to make life difficult for themselves generally starting poorly.  Old Wulfs took the lead after some missed tackles saw the opposition score a scrappy first, Brad Evans in goal made a good double save but the ball was bundled in to punish Stafford.  League top scorer, Randall Moore then equalized with a smartly taken penalty corner goal, he ghosted past a couple of players before slotting the ball home.


Old Wulfs then took the league again, a powerfully struck penalty corner strike gave Evans no chance.  As per normal this seemed to wake Stafford up, Moore grabbed his second with a powerfully struck reverse stick shot.  After that it was one way traffic, Ben Hollands slapped the ball home to give Stafford a 3-2 half time lead.


After the break, Stafford took advantage of Old Wulfs clear intention to play expansive hockey and scored a number of break away goals.  Dan Rennie grabbed two after displaying great individual skills to bamboozle the opposition defenders, Moore got his hat-trick and Charlie Trotter smashed the ball home to increase the lead.  Stafford were awarded a penalty stroke on full time and Ben Cantrill kept his scoring streak up by putting it away.


On Sunday a changed Stafford team, put up a good display against Lymm HC, a team who were quick, skillful and well organized.  Lymm raced to a two goal lead before Dan Howe pulled a goal back after a great Andy Peatfield pass.  The Cheshire side then scored another two to go 4-1 up before Stafford made things competitive with two quick goals from Moore and Chris Sunderland, however it was not to be as Lymm got the winner in the last five minutes.


An encouraging weekend, Stafford are away next weekend to Staffordshire rivals Tamworth HC.