CrazyBird Comedy Night at Stafford Cricket and Hockey Club

The CrazyBird bring their ever popular Comedy Club to Stafford Hockey & Cricket Club on Friday 9th February 2018 for a night of stunning Stand Up comedy, consisting of four professional comedians from the UK and International circuit.

The night will be hosted by MC Jon Wagstaffe “A naturally sharp & funny comedian, fresh like everything from Tewkesbury.” – Patrick Monahan, who will regale you with stories of his weekend, complete with raucous detours, unfinished sentences (not that it meant you couldn’t follow) and inappropriately mixed metaphors!

Opening the show will be Kiwi Sully O’Sullivan “had the audience showing their appreciation with fits of laughter and applause” Sully O’Sullivan’s been declared a highlight of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival by The NZ Herald, a highlight of the Glasgow International Comedy Festival by The Scotsman, featured on Australian TV’s ‘The Comedy Channel’, hosted a sell-out stand-up tour of Croatia, won Canada’s annual ‘Improvaganza’ Tournament, and in 2012 completed a 50 date UK tour alongside cult Aussie Comic Steve Hughes.

Blasting through the middle section will be Gavin Pond who will be treating you to his style of stand up that include a mixture of songs with his trusty guitar and story based anecdotes. Accompanying Gavin is our favourite German ‘Marti’. Marti loves to mock British local customs, language and habits. His naïve observational content and attempt at British wordplay give his storytelling a broad and entertaining appeal.

Closing the show we are delighted to have the superb Alex Boardman “…a rare mixture of wit and charm” The Guardian. Alex is now one of the most sought after acts in the country due to his ability to interact with any audience and to seemingly conjure something out of nothing. His free flowing style and natural charm breeze through in performances. His unique brand of “Flattery and abuse” is done with a lack of malice and a big sense of fun. Alex’s pedigree is of good stock having written material for John Bishop’s recent Stand Up tour, live material for Jason Manford on 8 Out of 10 Cats as well as warming up audiences for numerous household comedians.

Be quick folks as tickets are selling quicker than fidget spinners!

Door & Bar open at 6.30pm
Show starts at 8pm
Tickets – £13.50 – available from:
Matt Jefferson – 07737 833572
Nick Bird – or 07967 214477


Dennis Charles Wall

Dennis Charles Wall

19th March 1928 – 31st December 2017

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Club President, Dennis.

He will be so greatly missed by us all.

The funeral service will take place on Monday 15th January 2018, 2pm at The Collegiate Church of St Mary, Stafford followed by cremation at Stafford Crematorium and afterwards all are welcome to join the family to further celebrate his life at his beloved Stafford Cricket and Hockey Club. Any donations may be given in his memory to Katharine House Hospice who cared for him so well during the last few days.

Fireworks Flyer Drop Thursday 26th October

Hi all,

As you know, we do a flyer drop for both our big events of the year – the fireworks and the beer festival.

It would be much appreciated if you could spare an hour tomorrow night (Thursday 26th October), 6pm meet at the club, to deliver some flyers to homes around the club. This is our second biggest event of the year and last year we made over £5000. This money is integral to the club functioning. However, this is only possible if people come which won’t happen without the flyers.

So if you can, please lend a hand; don’t leave it to someone else.

The fireworks night itself is Sunday 5th November. Again if you can spare a few hours to help on the gate, in the car park, on the barbeque or selling drinks, that would be great – please email me (




New Club Kit Now Available

New Club Shop


Exciting news! All new Canterbury, Stafford Hockey Club branded club kit is now available to buy from the new Club Shop courtesy of Speed One Sports. 

As part of the deal, we not only get beautiful, customised Canterbury kit but Speed One Sports have also thrown in a set of team shirts as well. Shirt numbers are first come, first served so you’ll need to get your orders in soon. We will have a demonstration event on a Saturday in October and you will also be able to order kit on that day.

Follow this link to the club shop.

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

Women’s Hockey World Cup 2018 Public Ballot

The 2018 Women’s Hockey World Cup is being held in London from 21st July to 5th August 2018.
You can pre-register for the public ballot for tickets by following this link:
I was lucky enough to go to some hockey at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and it was a brilliant experience even though I only saw the 11-12th place play off! Live international level hockey is one of the world’s great sporting spectacles and TV just can’t do it justice. Going to the event will be a fantastic day out and if you have little ones it will definitely inspire them to start or continue playing hockey so I urge you to see if you can make it.
Hope to see you there!

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.”

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:

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.