1st team match reports vs Ludlow and Ashby

Saturday 26th November
Stafford 5 – 0 Ludlow (West Midlands Premier League)

Sunday 27th November
Stafford 1 – 3 Ashby (England Hockey Vase 3rd Round)

It was a weekend of mixed fortunes for Stafford as they returned to the top of the West Midlands Premier on Saturday and exited the England Hockey Vase in the third round on Sunday.

Saturday saw a comfortable 5-0 victory against Ludlow. The Shropshire team, who had travelled a long way, were missing key players due to suspensions and injuries. Despite Ludlow calling up some impressive youngsters, Stafford had too much composure and firepower and in the end ran out easy winners. The scoring was opened by the in-form Dan Rennie who despatched a powerful shot from the top of the circle early on in the first half. Ludlow tried to get into the game but could not get their passing going; Stafford managing to frustrate ex-national league player James Pratt with aggressive pressing in their own half. Stafford pulled two ahead when a James Wild shot was deflected in by Charlie Trotter and a third came from Andy Peatfield, a welcome return for his first game of the season, from a scrappy penalty corner.

In the second half it was more of the same with a further two goals. The first came after the industrious Andy Barnett robbed the ball from Ludlow’s fullback, feeding Charlie Trotter who slotted home. A man of the match performance from Barnett was rounded off with an unstoppable deflection high into the roof of the goal from a James Wild through ball. Barnett has now scored in the past four successive league games taking his total for the season to six and will be pushing hard for player of the season.

On Sunday, Stafford faced a significantly sterner task against Ashby in the England Hockey Vase. The Derbyshire side who are unbeaten this season brought a young, fit, hungry team and started brightly putting pressure on Stafford’s players in all areas of the pitch. The pressure paid off when Richard Buka, playing at fullback lost the ball cheaply, the Ashby attacker driving forwards and slotting the ball past goalkeeper Dan Howe from the top of the circle. Stafford managed to grab one back through a penalty corner and then sat back into a half court press to try and contain the opposition. However, Ashby’s tidy passing and running off the ball created problems and soon they were in the Stafford circle again, managing to tuck away a rebound through the goalkeeper’s legs. In the second half, Stafford kept battling away but just could not find an opening against a well organised defence. With 15 minutes to go, Ashby struck the final nail in the coffin that is Stafford’s cup run; breaking into the circle down the right and powering home from a tight angle. So this was not to be the season for cup glory but Stafford have had a good run and good luck to Ashby in the next round.


Junior Open Session 25th January

Dear all,

The club is holding an open session on the 25th January 10:45am ’til 12 on the astro at Beaconside for anyone interested in trying hockey. It is mainly aimed at juniors but adults are welcome. This is where we need your help! If you have any family friends or relatives who might be interested, let them know about the event and get them to come along. Without a strong junior section, there will be nothing to sustain the club through the next century so please rack your brains!


This week, a letter has gone out to primary schools, letting them know about the event. Hopefully we will get some attendees from this but the stronger you guys push it, the better the event will be. We will be capturing contact details from parents so will hopefully acquire some new young members.

If you, or anyone else need any more info, email me: richardbuka@googlemail.com

Thanks in advance for your help.


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.

Match Report Re : Barlaston Fathoms v Stafford Fathoms for Saturday 4th. October 2014

Date : Saturday 4th. October 2014

Fixture : Barlaston Fathoms v Stafford Fathom / Development Team
Venue : Alleynes Sports Centre, Oulton Road, Stone Staffs ST15 8DR
Push-Back : 2.00pm
Score : 13-0 ( H/T 6-0 ) ( Lost )

Scorers : None

MOM : Tom Stanley ( G/K ), Tom Deakin, Will Buckley, George Hodgkinson & Joe Mullor .
( All 5 Players Nominated by Stafford Fathom Team Captain, John Sinclair & Stafford Fathom Vice Captain, Paul Rennie )

Umpires : Dave Thurgarland umpired to help out Barlaston Fathoms, as they only could provide 1 umpire for this game ( but he left 15 minutes before the end of game Re : him captaining Stafford 4ths at Beaconside at 4pm ).

Stafford Fathom / Development Team :

1) Tom Stanley ( G/K ) ( went direct to Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone with Neil Jinks ),

2) Tom Deakin ( his mum drove him to Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone ),

3) Paul Rennie ( drove certain team members to Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone ),

4) Neil Jinks ( drove direct to Alleynes Sports Centre with goalkeeper, Tom Stanley – but left 15 minutes before the end of the game Re : him playing for Stafford 5ths at Stone Hockey Club at 3.30pm ),

5) John Sinclair,

6) Glynn Bibby ( drove to Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone with partner Jo Lovatt of Stafford Ladies Hockey ),

7) Jay Mullor ( drove direct to Alleynes Sports Centre with his son, Joe – but he left 15 minutes before the end Re : him playing in goals for Stafford 4ths at Beaconside at 4pm ),

8) Joe Mullor ( went direct to Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone with his Dad, Jay and his mum collected him after the game ),

9) Taran Bassie,

10) Kyle Rennie,

11) George Hodgkinson ( his mum drove him direct to Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone ),

12) Will Buckley ( his dad drove him to Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone ),

13) Jo Lovatt of Stafford Ladies ( Glynn Bibby drove Jo to Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone ).

When Stafford Fathoms arrived at Alleynes Sports Centre, Stone, it soon became very apparent to all in the Stafford Fathom Team, that the Barlaston Fathom Team they were playing against, was a team of experienced players, as there appeared to be no youngsters in their side and with Stafford fielding a number of youngsters in their side, three of which i.e. Tom Stanley in goals, Tom Deakin & Joe Mullor ( all of school age i.e. 11 to 16 ) were all making their debut in a Stafford Fathom White Shirt.
The first 15 minutes of the game saw the young looking Stafford Fathoms overwrought by this experienced Barlaston Fathom Team and they soon found themselves trailing by 5 goals to nil, as they allowed their opponents to dictate / dominate the game and debutant keeper in Stafford Fathoms goals, Tom Stanley who in this 15 minute period had made some good saves for Stafford, was unable to prevent any of these 5 goals hitting the back of his Stafford net. However, after this 15 minute period the Stafford Fathom Team settled down and started to keep their opponents at bay and at half time Barlaston Fathoms had only been able to get another goal pass a now resolute Stafford Fathom Team and were now winning the game 6-0.
Second Half saw Barlaston Fathoms kindly allow Stafford Fathoms to field both their 2 substitutes so when the second half began Stafford Fathom Team had 13 players on the pitch ( including Jo Lovatt from Stafford Ladies ) against the Barlaston Fathom Team of 11 players and no substitutes and even though Stafford had the superiority of numbers on the field it didn’t prevent their opponents scoring a few more goals in this half, but Stafford Fathoms were now making this experienced Barlaston Fathom Team work really hard for their rewards ( i.e. additional goals ) and 15 minutes before the game finished 2 players i.e. experienced Jay Mullor & Neil Jinks had to leave to play for other Stafford Teams elsewhere ( Neil Jinks was playing for Stafford 5ths at Stone Hockey Club Re : 3.30pm pushback & Jay Mullor was playing in goals for Stafford 4ths at Beaconside, Stafford Re : 4pm pushback ) and the Umpire, Dave Thurgarland from Stafford also had to leave to go and captain the Stafford 4th. Team who were playing at Beaconside, Stafford at 4pm. However, in the final 10 minutes of the game Stafford youngsters of George Hodgkinson & Will Buckley with the assistance of Glynn Bibby combined well up front to set up George Hodgkinson with a one on one chance against the Barlaston Fathom Keeper, who did well to block / prevent George Hodgkinson getting a solitary goal for Stafford Fathoms.

All players who played in yesterdays Stafford’s Fathom Team should be pleased with their performance in this very tough game against a very experienced Barlaston Fathom Team, especially as after this game at the Pheasant Pub in Stone whilst having teas and something to drink, it became apparent while talking to a member of the Barlaston Fathom Team that the team they had just lost 13-0 to, was their 2nd. Team and that 2 seasons ago their 2nd. Team was part of the fathom fixtures but last season they had reverted back to playing second team league fixtures but were getting well beaten in a lot of their fixtures and in one game they were beaten 16-0, so this season they entered their 2nd Team back into the fathom fixtures.

Both myself as Captain of the Stafford Fathom Team and Paul Rennie as Vice Captain of the Stafford Fathom Team were really pleased how all players in the side kept going and didn’t let their heads drop at any time, especially as it was the first fathom game of the season for some of them and some opposition players & officials also made similar comments about our Stafford Fathom side and the Man of the Match award was awarded by Stafford Fathom Team Captain, John Sinclair & Vice Captain, Paul Rennie to all the youngsters in the side Re : Tom Stanley in goals, Tom Deakin, Will Buckley, George Hodgkinson & Joe Mullor for their dedication to keep going even though the Stafford Fathom Team were beaten 13-0 by this experienced Barlaston Fathoms / 2nd. Team.

Stafford Fathom’s next game this Saturday is a Home game to North Staffs Fathoms at Beaconside, Stafford ( Re : 10am pushback and 9.30am meet at Beaconside, for players selected to play in this game ) and as Captain of the Stafford Fathom Team I am hoping the togetherness and experience gained by all players in yesterday’s game will be utilised by them for this home game this Saturday against North Staffs Fathoms.

Visit from past player

A goalkeeper from a few years back, Lindon Ball, is back over in Stafford from oz for a short visit and would like to join up with the players from past and present on Friday 26th September. As usual we will begin proceedings at the clubhouse, hope to see you all there.


With the new season fast approaching, training is starting next week on the 26th August 2014, please note the following dates and times.

26th August – all senior players, training is from 7.30pm – 9.00pm, Staffs Uni Astro, Beaconside Sports Complex, Stafford.

From the 2nd September, Junior training will be every Tuesday from 7.00pm to 8.00pm,  First and Second team training will be from 7.30pm to 9.00pm and the session for the rest of the Club will be 8.00pm to 9.00pm.

Friendly fixtures start on the 6th September, it is important for as many players as possible to come to training over the next couple of weeks to aid selection for the Captains.

With Stafford HC running six teams this year, all players, old and new are most welcome, please just turn up to training or contact the Club at play@staffordhc.co.uk

Stoke City Ticket Offer

Hey All

Stoke City have offered all local Hockey Clubs discounted Tickets for their first game of the new season.

The season starts at home on August 16th when we take on Aston Villa and they are already taking bookings.
Discounted Tickets for this game are priced at:

Adult £25
U17 £12
U14 £10
U11 £8

Tickets are sold on a first come first served basis so book early to avoid disappointment.

If you would like more information or to reserve a place please do not hesitate to contact Rob Pass on 01782 592214 or rob.pass@stokecityfc.com quoting CLUB-SC

Annual Hockey Club Cricket Match and Club Night!

This year’s cricket match will be played on Friday the 13th of June.  The match will start at 6 30 PM on the main cricket square. Meet time will be 6 PM for both teams and will also be chance to go through the rules of the game.

We will also be having a club night afterwards in the club house where I hope players decide to stay for a few drinks and food. Anybody is invited down for the evening and trust me it’s usually a very fun evening.

If you wish to play in this year’s event then  you need to get in touch with myself to secure your place. It will be first come first serve so make yourself available and let me know ASAP.

Please bring both a white hockey shirt and a green hockey shirt along with cricket white trousers if you have some. I will put the team sheets up on the Wednesday/Thursday evening.

Please wear either cricket spikes or trainers NOT FOOTBALL STUDS.

Hope to see you all down the club in the 13th.

Dan Howe


Staffordshire Hockey Association AGM

A reminder regarding the AGM on Monday 12th May at Cannock HC
The overall County AGM commences at 7.00p.m. followed by the Men’s AGM at 7.30.

The Midland League pennants won by Staffordshire clubs will be presented at the AGM.

STAFFORD 2 2ND xi West Midlands Division 1 Champions
STAFFORD 3 3rd xi West Midlands Division 2 Runners Up


Beer festival starts tonight at 7 pm. We have LIVE music and BBQ as well as 19 ales and 9 ciders.

The festival continues on Friday at 2 pm with more BBQ, Beers and LIVE music. Friday is always a very popular evening and a highlight of the year at the clubhouse.

Saturday is the day of the hockey festival which starts at 10 am. 18 teams will be wearing their chosen kits and take on teams from all over the area. BBQ will again be cooking BBQ favorites. We also have Mr Simm’s visiting with a selection on sugary treats as well as a cool milk shakes from our sponsors. We will have LIVE music again in the evening and of course the various ales on offer.

See you all there guys. If you can help out with raffle prizes that would be great.

Stafford Touch Rugby Festival

Stafford HC Mens and Ladies have been invited to take part in a Mixed Touch Rugby Festival on the 26th May at Stafford Rugby Club

Squad of 10 with 6 in team (min 2 men and 2 ladies on the pitch at anyone time) – all games are non contact and no previous experience is necessary!

So those who are fleet of foot and have those snake hips or just fancy trying something new with an odd shaped ball please let me know as it would be great to put a team in

Please show your support for this event as I know many members of Stafford RUFC are coming down over the coming days to support our Beer Festival