IMPORTANT! Training and other dates

Dear all,
Welcome back for the new season! I hope you’re all very excited about the new season and the possibility that this could be the season when we get our very own pitch.
Don’t forget – if you want to go to the Women’s Hockey World Cup, you have a week to apply for tickets.

Here are the upcoming dates:
Please contact captains for details of individual matches – all this information is on the website
Saturday 2nd September @ 4pm
Club Game
Contact Rikki Deller if by 31st August if you want to play (
Anyone who plays subs on this day will be entered into a draw to win a new club shirt
Sunday 3rd September 10:00 – 12:00
Junior training starts
£4 a session
Monday 4th September 18:00 – 19:20
Monday junior training starts
Tuesday 5th September ***please note new later start time***
Club training starts
19:15 – 20:15: Junior training
19:15 – 21:15 1s & 2s training
20.15 – 21;15: Rest of club training
Sunday 10th September 11:00-17:00
The Beacon Show – New owners of Beaconside publicising facilities and we have a stand
Likely small sided games – TBC – all will be welcome
TBC: Thursday 28th Septmber 19:00
Buka’s Big Quiz
Family friendly “challenging, general knowledge pub quiz”
Sunday 5th November 18:00
Family Fireworks Night
Volunteers will be desperately needed – if you can help out please do so
See you all soon
Richard Buka
Hon. Secretary
Hockey Section
Stafford Cricket and Hockey Club
Tel: 07891017606

Junior Academy Newsletter July 2017

Welcome to our newsletter!

By Charlotte May

Here you will find the most recent and up to date information on training and matches for our Junior Academy.

Sunday Training

During the summer, there is no weekday training but the Sunday sessions continue year round at Beaconside from 10-12 every Sunday. The ladies’ 1st XI coach, Andy Jones, and a team of assistant coaches run our training sessions for children aged 5 years plus. The first session is free and if you bring a friend you both get to play for free.

On Saturday 17th June a group of our juniors took part in a very hot outdoor tournament at Aldersley Stadium and performed extremely well against some very tough opposition! Back (left to right): Charlotte (Coach), Kirstie, Ella, Allana, Morgan, Lizzie, Mike (Coach) Front (left to right): Callum, Joe, Hugo, Charlie, Dougie (GK)

Upcoming Dates:

  • 15th July—U16 tournament @ Cannock
  • 16th July—Training 10-12
  • 23rd July—Training 10-12
  • 30th July—Parents vs Children game!
  • Summer time! – Training will resume on Sunday 3rd September and weekday sessions will start that week.

Parents v Children

On 30th July, we will be holding our bi-annual parents vs. children match at Beaconside. So dust off your sticks and come down to the pitch at 10am for probably the most competitive hockey match we will see all season!

Please text Charlotte on 07984 430121 if you would like to play—everyone is welcome!

July Player Profile: Amy Mitchell

Player Profile Name: Amy Mitchell Age: 14 Position: Right mid-field “I would like to say a big thank you to all club members. I know how much I have improved and that is all down to the coaches and players that advise and support me.”

‘Mrs T’ runs the London Marathon for our SHC Pitch Fund!

With most of the club living in fear of pre-season runs, Amanda Trotter has taken the ultimate running challenge and is taking part this years London Marathon to raise money for our new pitch!

She has been training hard, and has already raised over £800 for the fund! So please head to here JustGiving page donate! 

Click here to donate to Amanda’s London Marathon Pitch Fund run!


End of Season Awards Night

It was a fantastic evening last night as Stafford Hockey Club celebrated the end of season in style. Here are the winners of the awards.

Club Player of the Year: Mike Wymer

Club player of the year, Mike Wymer. Presented by Dennis Wall, Club President.

President’s Award: Dave Parr

President’s Award: Dave Parr for all his work in securing planning permission for a pitch at Riverway. Presented by Dennis Wall, Club President.

President’s Award: John Sinclair

President’s Award: John Sinclair, for all his work over the years as fixtures secretary and running the fathoms. Presented by Dennis Wall, Club President.

Young Player of the Year: Will Trotter

Will was unable to attend the evening.

1st Team Player of the Year: Ed Handley

1st team player of the year: Ed Handley. Presented by Andy Barnett, 1st team vice-captain.

2nd Team Player of the Year: Jack Hodkinson

2nd team player of the year: Jack Hodkinson. Presented by 2nd team vice-captain, Mike Wymer.

3rd Team Player of the Year: Paul Taylor-Grime

3rd team player of the year: Paul Taylor-Grime. Presented by Steve Paling, 3rd team captain.

4th Team Player of the Year: Josh Williams

4th team player of the year: Josh Williams. Presented by Jack Fudger and Rikki Deller, 4th team captain and vice-captain.

5th Team Player of the Year: Tom Deakin

5th team player of the year: Tom Deakin. Presented by Gary Varga, 5th team captain.

Fathoms Player of the Year: Joe Mullor

Fathoms player of the year: Joe Mullor. Presented by John Sinclair, fathoms captain.

Mens First Team shortlisted for ‘Senior Team Performance of the Year’ at the Stafford Borough Sports Awards

Super proud to announce after an amazing 2016, our Mens First Team have been shortlisted for ‘Senior Team Performance of the Year’ at the Stafford Borough Sports Awards!

In an amazing 2016, Stafford HC Men’s First Team have gone undefeated at home, won two league titles, received behavior commendation and organised a series of community and fundraising events.

The commitment to playing as a team meant they ended the 2015/16 season as ‘West Midlands 1’ champions. The teams ‘high energy’ and attacking hockey saw them score 97 goals in just 18 games, but they also worked tirelessly defensively to conceded just 18 – leaving them with figures for the best attack and best defense. The team were also commended at the ‘Umpire Awards’ as one of the top regional teams for behavior and respect.

The positive hockey then led the team to finish divisional winners of the ‘Mercian Hockey League’ over summer. This season (2016/17), Stafford have played in ‘West Midlands Premier’ and close 2016 with the second best defense in the league, fifth best attack and just two points off the top of the league.

Alongside this, the team have organised events such as the family orientated ‘Beer, Music and Hockey Festival’ that works with local businesses, sponsors and invites the community to enjoy. The event also brings teams and players from around the UK to the area.



Event Reminder: Christmas Party Saturday 10th December

Event Reminder: Christmas Party Saturday 10th December

Event: Christmas Party
When: Saturday 10th December 7.30pm
Where: Brian Westhead Pavilion, Stafford Hockey Club, Riverway
Cost: Adults: £10. Children: Free

The committee would like to invite you to the Stafford Hockey Club Christmas Party on Saturday 10th December 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 and are available from team captains or the club. You can also reserve by emailing There will also be limited availability on the night.

There will be food, drink and entertainment and as always, everyone is welcome so please feel free to bring your partners and children – children are free.

Christmas jumpers and santa hats are optional but there will be a prize for the best (or worst) jumper.

Summer League Fixtures

For those interested, this week on Tuesday (12/05/15), Riverway Stafford (Barney’s team) is playing North Staffs – 7.30pm PB at Beaconside.

Stafford Whynots (Jamie’s team) are playing Telford at St Georges, I think on Wednesday (13/05/15) – 7.30pm.

Next week Stafford Whynots are playing on the 19/05/14 at Beaconside against Bridgnorth – 7.30pm PB.

Riverway Stafford are playing on Wednesday the 20/05/14 against Market Drayton – 7.30pm Sir John Talbot’s School – Whitchurch.

Urgent Call for Help

Hi All

I have been asked to post a request for helpers to aid Rob Peatfield in setting up the new Goals at Beaconside, those of you at training would appreciate the current ones are not up to scratch and the only way we’ll have the new goals in place for Saturday is if we put them together ourselves.

Rob will be at Beaconside with all the tools required from 3pm Tomorrow (Friday) As many helpers as possible would be great.

Stafford Fathom Match Report for Saturday 1st. November 2014 Re : Whitchurch Fathoms v Stafford Fathoms

Date : Saturday 1st. November 2014

Fixture : Whitchurch Fathoms v Stafford Fathom / Development Team
Venue : Whitchurch Leisure Centre, Sir John Talbot School, Whitchurch Shropshire SY13 2BY
Push-Back : 12.30pm
Score : 3-2 ( H/T 1-1 ) ( Lost )

Scorers : Whitchurch Young Player + Jake Jones

MOM : Tom Deakin
( Nominated by John Sinclair Non-Playing Stafford Fathom Captain, who was watching this fathom game on the sidelines due to injury ).

Umpires : N/A

Stafford Fathom / Development Team :

1) Neil Jinks ( G/K )

2) Paul Rennie

3) Kyle Rennie

4) Tom Deakin

5) Ben Deakin

6) Edward Baker

7) Jake Jones

8) Jon Prout

9) Whitchurch Young Player

10) Whitchurch Young Player

11) Whitchurch Young Player

Stafford Fathoms having last week just been beaten 2-1 at home to Cannock Fathoms with Glynn Bibby scoring the solitary goal for Stafford, this week saw them travelling to Whitchurch, with a fathom team with only 8 players and numerous changes to the side which played Cannock Fathoms last week, as a number of players were either unavailable to play in this game or they had been promoted to Stafford 5th Team i.e. Glynn Bibby. However, Whitchurch Hockey Club / Fathom Team came to Stafford Fathom’s rescue by providing them with 3 young out players to make their team up to 11 and Neil Jinks ( who went in goals for Stafford Fathoms ) and Jon Prout both volunteered their services to the Stafford Fathom Team, as they were playing later in the day for Stafford 4ths at Beaconside ( Re : 4pm pushback ) and young Edward Baker was making his first appearance of the season for Stafford Fathoms and Jake Jones was making his debut for Stafford Hockey Club / Stafford Fathoms.

Despite all these changes to the Stafford Fathom Team, they started well and were unlucky to go one down, but as per previous fathom games, heads didn’t drop and they stayed strong and they plugged away and just before half time some neat play, between the Stafford’s midfield and forward line saw one of Whitchurch’s young players playing for Stafford Fathoms go one on one with the Whitchurch Goalkeeper and beat him to level the scores and at half time Stafford Fathoms were justifiably level pegging with their hosts, Whitchurch.

The second half saw Stafford start really brightly with young Ed Baker and Kyle Rennie playing well in midfield and they were instrumental in setting up Jake Jone’s debut goal, which he took well and more importantly put Stafford into a well deserved lead. However, this goal seemed to spark Whitchurch into action and the game became very competitive with both sides creating numerous chances to score and despite some good defensive work by Stafford, especially by Jon Prout & young Tom Deakin ( who went onto be man of the match for Stafford Fathoms ), they were unable to prevent Whitchurch knocking the ball past Neil Jinks in Stafford Goals and levelling the score at 2-2. After this goal Whitchurch started to put Stafford under a lot more pressure and eventually they managed to break down the resolute Stafford defence and re-took the lead which they held onto until the end of the game, despite Stafford trying in vain to try and level the score at 3-3.

Tom Deakin was nominated / awarded Man of the Match for Stafford Fathom by John Sinclair, non-playing Stafford Fathom Captain who was watching the game on the sidelines due to injury.

Stafford Fathom’s next game this Saturday is a Home game to Tamworth Fathoms Re : 10am pushback at Beaconside and players selected to play in this fathom game need to meet at Beaconside at 9.30am and again the Stafford Fathom Team will be missing a number of players like their Vice Captain, Paul Rennie, young Edward Baker & Tom & Ben Deakin for this Saturday’s Fathom Game but they do have a number of players returning for this fathom game after not playing for a few weeks i.e. Ian & George Hodgkinson, Will Buckley, Peter Powers, Ollie-Joe Simmons & maybe young Joe Mullor.