National & International Honours and Awards
Many players have gained representative honours – England internationals Billy West in 1913/14 and Edgar Milward in 1933-35 (both goalkeepers) and J MacMinn played for Scotland.
Although never receiving international honours, Fred Wagner has a very special record – at the time of his retirement he had scored the most goals in a playing career by any hockey player. In 36 seasons playing from 1923/24 to 1959/60 he scored 1834 goals in 1239 appearances for Beeston, Notts and Notts Casuals.
In 2020, Adam Dixon and Ollie Willars were once again both part of the Great Britain centrally contracted men’s squad based at Bisham Abbey.
In January 2019, the new FIH Pro League for the top nine women’s and men’s teams was launched. For the first time, England Hockey now has hockey televised regularly in the UK on BT Sport. On the field of play, England men’s team, including Ollie Willars and captained by Adam Dixon, successfully reached the play-offs losing narrowly in the bronze medal match to the Netherlands.
One highlight of the 2019 FIH Pro League was the launch of ‘Big Stadium Hockey’. On 23 June, England Hockey hosted two FIH Pro League games against New Zealand ‘Black Sticks’ at the Twickenham Stoops, home to Harlequins Rugby football Club. Over 12,000 people made their way to South West London to witness a first for hockey anywhere in the world.
Adam Dixon also led the England men’s team in the Belfius European Hockey Championship in Antwerp in August and Adam and Ollie both represented the Great Britain side in the Olympic qualification matches in November. Although qualification was secured, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games has been postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic.
The Great Britain Development Programme aims to provide frequent high-quality contact time for a critical mass of the best British talent. It currently supports 29 women and 34 men. The following Beeston players took part in the programme: Nicki Cochrane, Paige Gillott, Kyle Marshall, Gareth Griffiths, Nick Park, Toby Stanley, Josh Pavis, Henry Croft, Stuart Kentwell, James Hunt.
In July 2019, Gareth Griffiths, Nick Park, Josh Pavis and Kyle Marshall were all part of the England U21 team who picked up a European Cup silver medal in Valencia – the first time an England U21 side has achieved this in 21 years.
Paige Gillott also represented England U21 in the European Championships in Valencia and secured their place in the top division.
Gareth Griffiths, Nick Park and Toby Stanley were also part of the Great Britain U21 side who retained the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia and became the first nation to win the competition three times.
In 2019, James Albery, Nicki Cochrane, Adam Dixon, Mark Gleghorne, Kathryn Lane and Ollie Willars are all part of the Great Britain centrally contracted squads based at Bisham Abbey.
From Saturday 21st July to Sunday 5th August 2018 England Hockey hosted the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup at Lee Valley in London. In excess of 120,000 spectators attended 36 matches. Kathryn Lane was selected to represent England who reached the quarter final losing 0-2 to Netherlands.
England reached the men’s World Cup semi-final, which was hosted in Bhubaneswar in India, losing to Belgium 0-6. Adam Dixon and Mark Gleghorne were both part of the squad.
Adam Dixon was announced the captain of England and Great Britain in February 2019. Dixon is the most experienced player in the current men’s squad with more than 250 appearances for both Great Britain and England. A dependable, reliable character both on and off the pitch, the 32-year-old won gold in the 2009 European Championships, and has also won Commonwealth Games medals on two occasions. He played in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and is also a well-respected. He has also played club hockey in the Netherlands for HC Rotterdam, and won the India Hockey League with Kalinga Lancers.
The FIH introduced the Pro League which is a new and ground-breaking hockey competition that began in January 2019. Two leagues, one men’s and one women’s, each comprising the world’s leading hockey nations, are competing across almost 150 matches, culminating in a Grand Final in June in the Netherlands. Adam Dixon, Mark Gleghorne, Ollie Willars and Nicki Cochrane have all been selected to represent Great Britain in this new competition.
In 2018, James Albery, Nicki Cochrane, Adam Dixon, Mark Gleghorne, Sam Ward and Ollie Willars are all part of the Great Britain centrally contracted squads based at Bisham Abbey.
The club had good representation at the Commonwealth Games with Adam, Mark, Sam and Ollie all picking up a bronze medal with England. Nicki Cochrane and Caro Hulme both represented Scotland and Wales, respectively.
The following players took part in the Great Britain Development Programme: Alex Blumfield, Esme Burge, Issy Davison, Paige Gillott, Robbie Gleeson, Gareth Griffiths, Kyle Marshall, Eloise Stenner, Rebekah Walker and Lucas Ward.
In 2017, Mark Gleghorne, Ollie Willars and James Albery were all part of the England and Great Britain central programme based at Bisham Abbey. Mark Gleghorne was named in the England Hockey Premier League team of the year as voted by the players.
In 2016, at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, David Ames, Adam Dixon, Mark Gleghorne and Harry Martin represented the Great Britain Men’s squad. Former Beeston players were also selected: George Pinner; Sam Ward; Michael Hoare; Shona McCallin and Hollie Webb. The Great Britain Ladies’ team won a Gold Medal, with Hollie Webb scoring the winning goal in the final.
In 2015 Adam Dixon;David Ames; Harry Martin: Sam Ward; Tim Whiteman; Ollie Willars and Ben Arnold all played for England and Great Britain.
Gordon McIntyre played for Scotland and Great Britain.
Tom Barratt and Mo Ghandi played for the USA.
At the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Ellie Watton; Adam Dixon; Harry Martin and Ollie Willars represented England; Gordon McIntyre and Gareth Hall (Scotland) and Phoebe Richards (Pictured – Wales).
In 2013/14 Adam Dixon, Harry Martin, George Pinner, Ben Arnold, Ollie Willars and Tim Whiteman represented England in India in the FIH World League (George Pinner being voted goalkeeper of the Tournament.
Ellie Watton and Suzy Petty played for GB in a 3 day Test Match series in Germany.
At the World Championships held in The Netherlands in June 2014 Adam Dixon, Harry Martin and Tim Whiteman and George Pinner all played for GB and again represented England in the London Cup competition.
Mo Ghandi appeared for USA.
In 2013 Ben Arnold, Adam Dixon, Harry Martin, George Pinner, Tim Whiteman and Ollie Willars were contracted for the England Training Squad.
Adam Dixon also Captained England.
Ellie Walton and Hollie Webb were selected for England Ladies in S. Africa.
In November 2012 Ben Arnold, Adam Dixon, Simon Egerton, Michael Hoare, Harry Martin, George Pinner and Ollie Willars represented Engand at the Super 9s and Champions Trophy Tournament in Australia.
Simon Downer represented England at the 2012 Masters over 40s International tournament (they won, beating both Germany and Australia). Amjad Zia played in the same tournament for the USA.
In 2011 Ali Wilson, Adam Dixon and George Pinner all represented England and GB in various pre-Olympic tournaments and in 2012 all three were selected for the Olympic training squad with Ali Wilson and George Pinner making the final Olympic selection.
Adam Dixon and George Pinner played for the England Mens Indoor Team and Hollie Webb played for the England Womens Indoor team.
In August 2009 Ali Wilson and Adam Dixon won European Gold Medals playing for England and in 2010 both represented England at the Commonwealth Games in India.
In 2006 Alistair Wilson represented England in the World Cup and David Griffiths (as captain), Ollie Cooper, Zak Jones, Matt Simkin, Ben Rogers and Dominic Graham all represented Wales. George Pinner and Ali Wilson were selected for Great Britain in 2007 and Ali Wilson represented GB at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Martin Jones also represented England and GB. David Griffiths was named National League Player of the Year in 2003 and 2006.
Pakistan Olympic legend, Mohammed Nadeem joined the Bees in 2005 and was instrumental in Beeston’s 1st XI attaining their current level of success.