About Beeston HC
Beeston Hockey Club – a Brief History – 1907 to 2012
Early Days to 2000
Founded in 1907, Beeston Hockey Club was formed by a number of Nottingham High School Old Boys who lived in Beeston, a suburb of Nottingham.
By 1913/14 they ran 2 teams but in common with many other sports they suspended battle on the field for the real hostilities of the 1stWorld War, most players having volunteered.
Re-forming in 1919/20, they played in two more venues in Beeston before moving, along with other hockey clubs, to the new City Council park at Highfields in 1928/29 where they remained until 1966/67 when they moved to the ground behind the Ferry Boat Inn at Stoke Bardolph on the other side of the City. It was here that the highly successful Beeston Sixes tournament was started in 1972.
The Club ran 2 teams regularly from 1913 to 1957, 3 teams from 1957 to 1966, 4 teams from 1966 to1971 and then 5,6 and 7 teams until they now field 7 Men’s teams and 7 Ladies teams. The Veterans (Old Bees) were founded in 1977 by Andrew Clarke and a Sunday side, the Besoms, played from 1958 to 1992.
After some ten years (in 1977/78) they returned to Highfields, joining with Crimson Ramblers Ladies Hockey Club to form Highfields Sports Club.
Major changes to the ground facilities took place firstly in 1988 with the opening of one of the first artificial sand-based playing surfaces owned by a private club, an initiative led by John Bosworth and Jed Gisborne.
Secondly and even more substantially, three new pitches (including one of the latest water-based surfaces) were put down and the clubhouse re-modelled with substantial financial aid from Sport England and the Lottery Fund – opening completed in 2002.
In 2005 Beeston HC formed a Ladies Section, largely from the former Charnock Ladies HC and in 2008 Beeston Hockey Club and Nottingham Highfields Ladies HC (formed by a merger between Crimson Ramblers and Sherwood Ladies Hockey Clubs in 2002) agreed to merge to form a new Beeston Hockey Club, fielding 8 Mens and 7 Ladies teams.
League Hockey began in the Midlands in 1975/76 with Beeston positioned in Division 3. After fluctuating fortunes, Graham Griffiths and Steve Musson guided the 1stXI into the National League in 1992. Beeston has established itself in both National Outdoor and Indoor Leagues and having reached the English Hockey Cup Final in 1997/98 they went on to represent England in the European Cup Winners Cup in Amsterdam in`1999.
In the early days the Club’s administration was dominated by one name – Frederick. L. (Freddy) Jones. A founder member of the Club, he was Hon. Secretary from 1923 to 1960, Hon. Treasurer from 1923 to 1946 and President from 1947 to 1960/61. He then became the first Patron of the Club until his death in 1976. Then came the era of E.P. (Dick) Tew, Patron from 1977 to 1986 and Stan Allen, both of whom filled a variety of official positions during the ‘50s & ‘60s and 70's. They were followed by Martin Cattaway and David Paton and in the 1980's by John Bosworth, Steve LeMottee and Richard Kirk and then by David Williams as Chairmen of the Club. Peter Hannah, Axel Palmer, Roger Downer and David Williams were Presidents and Peter Hannah was Patron (from 1986 to 2007). Michael Rowen became Patron in 2007.
Year 2000 to 2010
After 3 seasons in the Premiership, Beeston were relegated to Division 1 in 2000 and narrowly missed promotion back to the Premiership for 6 seasons. As the superb new facilities at Highfields Hockey Centre were being constructed, so too was a young Beeston side, led on the field since 1994/95 by Stephen Wood, that was to emerge and grow with the success of Highfields Sports Club.
In 2006, Beeston, playing as the Nottinghamshire County team, won the National County Championship (for the first time in 49 years of the competition). In addition, as the Centenary year approached, the Club regained their Premier League status with a remarkable comeback to defeat Old Loughtonians in the play-offs in June 2006.
The outstanding highlight of the 2007/08 Centenary Season was undoubtedly the capture of the Hockey Association Cup after a most exciting final against Bowdon at Highfields when Beeston won 4 – 3 with David Griffiths scoring the vital goal 4 minutes from time.
For 2008/09 the Mens 1stXI, now captained by Stephen Lawrence, after a most exciting finish came third in the National League which led them to a place in the Euro Hockey League for season 2009/10 – a splendid achievement by any standards.
Somewhat disappointingly, after failing to take many chances to score, they lost their third HC Cup Final 3 – 1 to Reading HC..
Beeston Hockey Club 1st team had a hugely successful year in 2009/2010 maintaining their position as one of the top two hockey teams in the country. Their playing record in 2009/2010 saw them win the England Hockey Cup for the second time in three years with a 2-1 victory over Hampstead and Westminster.
In the league they were 10 minutes away from winning only to squander a 4-1 lead to East Grinstead to draw 4-4 and eventually losing on penalty flicks.
They returned to European competition performing brilliantly to reach the last 16 in Europe before losing narrowly and thus just missing out on reaching the European Quarter Finals.
Also in 2009/10 Beeston Mens 2nd XI (Beeston Swarm) began their campaign in the new Midlands Challenge League in style and eventually finished third.
Season 2010 to 2011
The 2010/11 Season was without doubt the most successful ever for the Club as a whole.
The Men's 1st XI retained the England Hockey Cup, beating Doncaster 6-2 in the final and also achieved the double by winning the League Championship by beating East Grinstead 2-1 in the play-offs. In European Competition theyreached the quarter-finals, in itself a major achievement where they were narrowly defeated by the Dutch side HGC.
The Men's 2nd XI won their League Championship and also the 2nd XI Cup, beating Southgate 3-2 with David Griffiths scoring a hat-trick.
The Men's 4th XI were their League Champions.
The Ladies 1st XI maintained their status in the Womens Conference North League and the Ladies 2nd XI won promotion to the Midlands Premier League. The Ladies 3rd XI won the Notts Womens Hockey League knock-out Cup and the 4th XI won their League and gained promotion to the Notts Premier League.
It was also a great year for the Juniors. The U-18 Boys were National Champions as were the U-16 Boys. The U-18 and U-16 Girls also reached their National Quarter-finals.
In Indoor Competition the Men's 1st XI gained the silver medal and retained their Premier Division status for 2011/12 and the Girls U-18s were National Indoor Champions.
Season 2011/ 2012.
In April 2012 the replacement sand dressed pitch was opened and ambitious plans for a major hockey centre at Highfields were revealed.
In March 2012, as a result of the fantastic success at all levels in the Club, at the annual English Hockey Board Awards Beeston Hockey Club was named Harvester Club of the Season.
Both Beeston Mens and Ladies 1st XIs were named Teams of the Year by the City of Nottingham and Broxtowe BC.
The Mens 1st XI won the England Hockey Cup for the third consecutive season, beating Hampstead and Westminster 2 – 1 . ( Special mention to George Pinner for several outstanding saves at the end of the game).
After coming second in the Premiership they secured second place in the play-offs which means that once again they would represent England in the Euro Hockey league in 2012/13.
In 2012 they also reached the last eight knock-out stage in the Euro Hockey League, beating Club Campo de Madrid 2 – 1 but later losing out to a very good UHC Hamburg team.
At Indoor competition the Mens 1st team squad were runners-up, again retaining their position in the premier league for the next year.
In addition, the Mens Swarm (2nd XI) won their Challenge League and the Mens 3rd XI won the Midlands Premier League title.
The Ladies 1st XI had a wonderful season, winning the Investec Conference North League against very strong opposition and in the process becoming the highest goal scorers in all the Ladies National Leagues. Unfortunately they narrowly failed to achieve promotion at the play-offs.
Another magnificent season!
The Ladies Ist XI were Womens Conference North Champions and thus gained promotion to the Investec Premier League after an exciting play-off weekend against Olton, Buckingham and Harleston Magpies.
The Ladies 2nd & 3rd XIs won their respective leagues
Ellie Walton and Hollie Webb were selected for England
Alastair Wilson, Harry Martin and George Pinner were named in the 2012 Olympic Squad.
The Men’s Ist XI won the “Now Pensions” Premier League by 11 points and went on to become League Champions – beating Surbiton 5 – 1 in the Play-Off Final and secured a place in the Euro League Hockey for 2013/14
In the Euro Hockey League the Men’s Ist XI reached the quarter finals once again, beating East Grinstead 3-2 in extra time but eventually losing to the winners, Bloemendaal.
Adam Dixon has Captained of England and was named 'Now Pensions' Player of the Year.
Simon Egerton won the top goalscoring award and six of the Men’s Ist XI have been contracted for the England Training Squad – Ben Arnold, Adam Dixon, Harry Martin, George Pinner, Tim Whiteman and Ollie Willars.
Ben Arnold, Adam Dixon, Harry Martin, George Pinner, Michael Hoare, Simon Egerton and Ollie Willars all represented England at the Super 9s and Champions Trophy Tournament in Australia in Nov, 2012.
The Men’s Ist XI were named Team of the Season and the 'Now Pensions' Junior Award went to Harry Martin.
On a very sad note our President, David Williams, died suddenly in February and Ian Sutton was elected President at the recent AGM.
At the end of the Season there were several changes in the coaching set-up with Matt Taylor being appointed Technical Director to oversee all aspects of coaching throughout the club at both Senior and Junior level. He will take over as Men’s Ist XI head coach from Martin Jones who after 3 years in charge, has decided to step down . Martin has played a crucial part in moving the team forward both on and off the field. Under his leadership the team has reached the quarter final stage in the Euro Hockey League for the last three seasons, won two England Hockey Cup titles and two Premier League Championship titles. Steve Musson, James Mc Blane and Stephen Wood will assist Matt Taylor. The Ladies Ist XI will also have a new coach, Gareth Tyler, who will be assisted by Mark Wadsley.
We are in the process of collecting more photos, press cuttings and memorabilia, particularly from the 1990s onwards. All information would be very welcome. Please contact Adrian Lawson on 0115 9256545 or e-mail :- email@example.com