Transfer Window 1 01/11/2014 – 07/11/2014

Here are the new groups for the transfer window that opens at midnight on the 1st November
Transfer Window Player Groups

Transfer FAQ
You can transfer up to your entire 11 man squad per transfer window; transfers can be made only during transfer windows and must be completed before the deadline. If possible I would appreciate an email confirmation of any transfers you are looking to make. For emailed transfers the email received time is taken as when the request was submitted.
• Each transfer will cost £1. .
• Any transfers you make will become active after that window ends.
• All Transfers must comply with original rules – New player group lists will be provided, the week before the window.

You will notice on the new player lists that certain players have moved bands; this may affect how you wish to use the transfer window.
Your original squad had 3 Midfielders from the first band and 1 from the second band; however that last Midfielder has now been placed in the first band as well.
• If you make no transfers your team will remain as is, and will continue to score points you are not required to make amendments to revert back to the max of three players per band,
• If you make transfers but do not transfer out your four midfielders, you can make changes as you please but will not be able to transfer anyone else in from the first Band.
• If you make transfers including transferring out one or more of the four midfielders, you will only be able to transfer in players from the first Band up to the original limit of three players, i.e. if you transfer out 1 of the midfielders you will not be able to transfer in anyone from the first band as the other three will fill those spots, transfer out 2 midfielders and you can transfer in one player from first band and so on.
If you have any queries, please feel free to email me / speak to me and I will help as quickly as possible.
Any suggestions for additional information that might be useful also welcome.

Fred Imm

Fred Imm   Long time member and Honorary Life Member died this week at age of 98. Funeral at St.Paul’s Church on Tuesday 4th November at 3.00pm

Stafford Fathoms Match Report from Saturday 25th. October 2015 Re : Stafford Fathoms v Cannock Fathoms.

Date : Saturday 25th. October 2014

Fixture : Stafford Fathom / Development Team v North Staffs. Fathoms
Venue : Beaconside Sports Centre, Stafford ST18 0AD
Push-Back : 10.00am
Score : 1-2 ( H/T 0-1 ) ( Lost )

Scorers : Glynn Bibby

MOM : Harry Coltman
( Nominated by Jo Lovatt, Stafford Ladies Player Re : her watching the game on the sidelines as her partner, Glynn Bibby was playing for Stafford Fathoms )

Umpires : Pete Chui / Neil Jinks ( 1st. Half ) & Jay Mullor ( 2nd. Half )

Stafford Fathom / Development Team :

1) Pog ( G/K )

2) Taran Bassie

3) Paul Rennie,

4) Tom Deakin

5) Rob Peatfield,

6) Ben Deakin

7) Tyler Murray

8) Harry Coltman

10) Glynn Bibby

11) Joe Mullor

12) Richard Bendall / Mav

13) Daniel Rennie

Stafford Fathoms having last week just been beaten 3-2 away to Old Wulfs Fathoms with Glynn Bibby & Ian Hodkinson scoring for Stafford, this week though it saw them having to make numerous changes to their side which played Old Wulfs Fathoms last week, as 4 players were unavailable to play in this game against Cannock Fathoms and yet again Stafford found themselves playing a fathom side which was full of experienced & older players, but Stafford in order to replace the missing 4 players had to bring in players from other sides for this game in order to ensure they had at least 11 players available to play in this game and 4 of them had to be utilised from Stafford’s 1st. ( i.e. Daniel Rennie ), 2nd. ( i.e. Pog & Mav ) & 3rd. Teams ( i.e. Rob Peatfield ).

Even with Stafford Fathoms being strengthen by these experienced players from the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Team, they still had their work cut out in containing this experienced Cannock Fathom side who started the game well and also had a spare player sitting on the bench to call on and Pog playing in goals for Stafford Fathoms ( before playing for Stafford 2nds later ) for the first time this season, had to make a number of good saves early on in order to keep Stafford Fathoms in the game but despite this and some good defensive work by Stafford, they were unable to prevent Cannock taking the lead half way through the first half and at half time Cannock were in the lead by this single goal. The second half saw Stafford start brightly after Rob Peatfield, had given the half time team talk in which he encouraged the Stafford Team to go out in this second half and give it ago and it wasn’t long before some good work by Stafford was rewarded, when Glynn Bibby scored for Stafford Re : him levelling the scores at 1-1, plus it was his second goal for Stafford Fathoms, as he also scored last week for them. Stafford then started to try and find a way through Cannock Fathoms rear guard to see if they could take the lead, but Cannock soaked up the renewed vigour that Stafford now had from levelling the score-line and some neat play from Cannock half way through the second half saw them restore their lead, but just like previous weeks Stafford Fathoms didn’t let their heads drop and they battled to the end to try and get back into the game but Cannock held out and at the final whistle they ran out victors by two goals to one.

Harry Coltman was nominated / awarded Man of the Match for Stafford Fathoms by Jo Lovatt, Stafford Ladies Player Re : her watching the game on the sidelines as her partner, Glynn Bibby was playing for Stafford Fathoms.

Stafford Fathom’s next game this Saturday is an Away game to Whitchurch Fathoms and to-day I have been informed by Gary Jones of Whitchurch Hockey Club that the pushback this Saturday at Whitchurch Leisure Centre, Sir John Talbot School, Whitchurch Shropshire SY13 2BY is now at 12.30pm, not 3.30pm as originally informed / e mailed to me on 02-09-2014 by Alex Fry of Whitchurch Hockey Club and again their is likely to be a number of changes to the side as 8 players from the Cannock Fathom game last Saturday will either be playing for other teams in the club this Saturday ( i.e. Daniel Rennie for 1st. Team, Pog & Mav for 2nd. Team, Rob Peatfield for 3rd. Team & Taran Bassie, Tyler Murray & Harry Coltman for 5th. Team ) or aren’t available to play this Saturday ( i.e. Joe Mullor ) and all players picked to play in this fathom game this Saturday will need to meet at Stafford Hockey Club at 10.30am.

1st team match report 18th October

Stafford Hockey Club first eleven travelled to West Bromwich on Saturday for their third league game of the season. Buoyed by a decent draw on opening day against Streetly and an encouraging performance against Wednesbury that unfortunately ended in a 3-0 defeat, a Stafford team with an average age of 23 were in good spirits and high in confidence.

The game started well for Stafford and a new short-corner routine courtesy of coach Ed Wills confused the West Brom defence and Colin Bishop was able to slot the ball home from the top of the circle for his first league goal for the first team. West Brom came out fighting and managed to equalise from their own well-worked short corner but Stafford were soon in front again with a captain’s goal from the industrious Ben Hollands.

Again, Stafford couldn’t hang on to the lead as West Brom again equalised with another short corner taking the teams into the break at all square. A calm and collected team talk spurred the team on and Stafford were able to string some passes together with man of the match Andy Peatfield bossing the midfield. Stafford’s patience allowed them to take the lead 20 minutes from the end as Charlie Trotter picked up a rebound off the goalkeeper to flick the ball into the top corner of the goal. Some good saves from goalkeeper Gareth Minton kept Stafford ahead and a late penalty flick converted by the ever reliable Dave Anderson calmed last minute nerves and sealed the win.

This Saturday, Stafford will try to build on their good start to the season as they host Market Drayton in a 1pm start at Beaconside.

2nd Team Match Report v Shrewsbury

Stafford HC second team fought out a 3-3 draw against Shrewsbury HC last weekend, both teams were undefeated going into the contest.


Stafford started well this week, Jack Ball scoring early on after good work on the right from Nathan Silitto, but Shrewsbury were a well drilled team and soaked up some considerable Stafford pressure before equalizing from a penalty corner.   Paul Taylor-Grime was beaten by a low flick to his right.


After this Stafford sat back and this allowed the opposition the opportunity to put further pressure on and they grabbed their second goal early in the second half after Stafford failed to clear their lines.  Two soon became three when another corner flick was deflected luckily into his own net by Elliott Glennan.


Stafford though soon realised that they needed to push higher, man of the match James Wild led the way with a tireless performance.  Jack Ball popped up for his second after a run down the left by Mike Wymer.  Stafford then equalized after good work by Ball and Richie Gibbons finished neatly.


After that Stafford could have taken all three points with a couple of late chances, but were grateful not to hand a title competitor all three points.


Congratulations go to Mike Wymer for a second consecutive award of donkey of the day, it was truly amazing that any of the opposition had a stick left intact!


Next week the second team are away to Telford and Wrekin HC.