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.

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.

Stafford Fathom Match Report for Saturday 11th. October Re : Stafford Fathoms v North Staffs. Fathoms

Date : Saturday 11th. October 2014
Fixture : Stafford Fathom / Development Team v North Staffs. Fathoms
Venue : Beaconside Sports Centre, Stafford ST18 0AD
Push-Back : 10.00am
Score : 0-4 ( H/T 0-2 ) ( Lost )

Scorers : None

MOM : Tom Stanley ( G/K )
( Nominated by Stuart Sutton Ex-Stafford Hockey Player watching his Grandson : Will Buckley play for Safford Fathoms )

& Tom Deakin ( Nominated by Stafford Fathom Captain, John Sinclair )

Umpires : Dave Thurgarland & Jack Fudger

Stafford Fathom / Development Team :

1) Tom Stanley ( G/K )

2) Taran Bassie

3) Paul Rennie,

4) Tom Deakin

5) John Sinclair,

6) Ben Deakin

7) Ollie-Joe Simmons

8) Will Buckley

9) Kyle Rennie

10) John Sinclair

11) Jack Hodgkinson

12) Neil Jinks

Stafford Fathoms had to wait until this Saturday to play their first home game of the season and again like last week were giving another young player, Ben Deakin ( brother of Tom Deakin ) his hockey debut in the side and they were also being watched from the sidelines by Stuart Sutton an Ex-Stafford Hockey Player who had come along to watch his young Grandson, Will Buckley play for Stafford Fathoms and I am sure as the game progressed that he picked up on the togetherness and experience that all Stafford Young Fathom Players had gained from playing in last Saturday’s fathom game away to Barlaston Fathoms / 2nd. Team and from the start Stafford started well and were holding their own against another opposition which like last week had a number of experienced players in it’s side. For 15 minutes both sides were evenly balanced and playing some nice hockey, but then North Staffs Fathoms were awarded a short corner and from it, they managed to take the lead from it, when Stafford didn’t defend it as well as they could of done. Stafford didn’t allow this set back to up-set them and just like last week they kept plugging away but unfortunately just as half time was looming North Staffs extended their lead, when Stafford didn’t mark as well as they had been and North Staffs nipped in to go 2-0 up.

The team talk at half time by Stafford Fathom Vice Captain, Paul Rennie to the rest of the team, was to ignore the score-line of 2-0, as both goals had been the only time Stafford’s young keeper had really been tested by in the first half and they both could have been prevented with a bit better defending. The team also needed to pass and communicate with one another a little bit better than they had been in the first half, as the experienced players in the North Staffs Fathom Team in the first half had managed to contain the raw energy of the youngsters in the Stafford Fathom Team, so when the second half started Stafford fathom youngsters took on board the half-time team talk and started well against North Staffs but the opposition did however up their game and started to test Stafford defence a lot more in this half than the first half and as a result Stafford Fathom Keeper, Tom Stanley had a lot more to deal with, which he dealt with splendidly and young Tom Deakin playing only his second competitive hockey game was doing a sterling job in midfield for Stafford, with some real good tackles and lay offs to fellow team mates and Kyle Rennie, George Hodgkinson and Will Buckley for Stafford were combining well up front for Stafford and were constantly testing the experienced North Staffs Fathoms Defence but eventually North Staffs got the better of Stafford and managed to score another 2 goals despite Stafford competing with them all over the pitch and at the final whistle North Staffs ran out 4-0 winners but just like last week the opposition praised the way Stafford Fathom Team had battled and kept going in a good, well fought and entertaining game.

Stuart Sutton as mentioned at the being of this report was watching the game from the side-lines and he was very impressed on how all players in the Stafford side had kept going and hadn’t let their heads drop at any time even though they eventually lost the game 4-0 and he was also asked before the game started if he minded naming a Man of the Match for Stafford Fathoms and after the game he nominated young Stafford Fathom Keeper, Tom Stanley as Man of the Match for his splendid performance in between the posts for Stafford and young Tom Deakin playing only his second game was also nominated / awarded Man of the Match for Stafford Fathoms, for all his hard work and endeavour in midfield for Stafford by Stafford Fathom Team Captain, John Sinclair.

Stafford Fathom’s next game this Saturday is an Away game to Old Wulfs Fathoms and is a 2.30pm pushback at Wolverhampton Grammar School, Compton Road, Wolverhampton WV3 9RB and all players picked to play in this fathom game will need to meet at 1.15pm at Stafford Hockey Club.

4th Team Match Report away to Telford

An excellent team performance saw us beat a strong Telford side 5 – 1, goals scored by Jack Fudger -2, Smon Burke 1, Jack Hodkinson 1 and John Faulconbridge 1.

Such a good team performance it does not seem right to highlight individual performances but Man of the Match was Jack Hodkinson for his tireless work in midfield closely followed by Jack Fudger not only for his goals but for tracking back and defending from the front and Tom Stanley for a promising debut in goal.

Dick of the day was a close run between myself for putting my head so low that a very small 14 year was able to put a stick in my face and John Faulconbridge who won the award, he made yet another strong drive down the left leaving defenders standing, it was going to be another cross for a goal scoring opportunity, he had the position, the ball and the defence beaten, unfortunately he had left his stick 20 yards behind him.

Rules on slide-tackles

Dear all,

We have received the following guidance from the umpires’ association. Please bear this in mind when playing and umpiring.

All players have a duty of care on the pitch. This means they should not tackle in a reckless way. If a player goes to ground in a tackle this in itself, is not an offence and should only be penalised in certain situations:

  1. A player goes to ground and plays the ball with the stick – NO OFFENCE
  1. A player deliberately goes to ground and prevents the ball going past with his/her body or leg then this should be a personal penalty and also the appropriate team penalty
  1. If a player slides in to tackle and takes the ball cleanly and only the ball – PLAY ON
  1. If a player slides in and takes the ball but then collides with the opposition player, this should be penalised accordingly as it is reckless and dangerous. The suggestion here is that contact with the opposition in this scenario would result in a 10 minute yellow card.
  1. If the contact with the opposition player is incidental and not in any way intentional or dangerous, you may get away with a lower penalty. However, this needs very careful management, if this is the approach adopted.



Stafford 1st XI vs Streetly Match Report – 04.10.14

Stafford 1st XI vs Streetly – 04.10.14Match Report

In what was a closely contested opening game of the 2014/2015 season, both Stafford and the freshly relegated Streetly had to settle for an even distribution of the points in a fast paced 2-2 draw at Streetly’s home pitch.

Following a string of disappointing results yet encouraging performances in pre-season, Stafford 1sts fielded a young side who showed great energy in the middle of the park and in the final third. A midfield diamond consisting of James Faulcounbridge, Charlie Trotter and Ethan Sweeney, all of whom are under 18, and stalwart captainCaptain Ben Holland provided a very high energy performance that, through grit and determination, provided Stafford with the chances necessary to break the deadlockk. A testing shot early on from Sweeney was a signal of things to come. The first goal came from a penetrating run from Piers Woollen, who was threat on the left flank all game, finding another young star Daniel Rennie, whose quick fire shot was deftly deflected over the keeper by Stafford’s front man Dan Howe. The first half ended 0-1 Stafford due to the stalwart defending of Simon Parnell, Dave Anderson, Colin Bishop and Richard Buka and a number of impressive saves from keeper Gareth Minton.

Stafford began the second half impressively after an inspiring talk from Coach Ed Wills by doubling their lead through the Captainn Ben Holland after a piercing pass from Howe and an impressive run from Rennie. As a result, Streetly upped their performance and pressure, with a number of D penetrations, ultimately resulting in a well worked short corner routine and Streetly’s first league goal. As tiredness set in, openings were becoming a feature of the game however it was Streetly who evened the scoring through an easy goal. A final blow to the Stafford side came in the form of a yellow card to midfielder Sweeney.

A good performance and a decent result in Stafford’s opening game away from home left the side leaving the pitch satisfied with the nature outcome of the game.