Peter Cranswick

Peter Cranswick – Pictured in 2008 (Photo Credit Lynne Morgan)

It is with great sadness that NHA announces the loss of County and Men’s league stalwart Peter Cranswick.
He had been suffering from a form of leukaemia for the past eight years.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Below are several comments lifted from our Facebook page;

A hockey legend within Nottinghamshire. Had many Sunday night chats with Peter regarding Saturday’s matches. A great ambassador for hockey. Love and thoughts to the family at this sad time from all of us at Mansfield Hockey Club.
Matt Seals

I spent many a Sunday morning explaining how well Boots 1st XI had lost. A real gentleman and great enthusiast for the game. People like Peter made hockey great in Notts. Will be sadly missed and sincere condolences to his Family.
Peter Farmer

Very sad news!! Sincere condolences to Peter’s family from Sikh Union (Nottm) Hockey Club
Pritpal Dhanjal

Sad news; a great man who did so much for hockey in Notts & the Midlands – he’ll be sorely missed.
Keith Kirkpatrik

Peter was a true gentleman with a real passion for the sport, my condolences to his family during this sad time.
James Hewitt

Peter was a fantastic person, so many hours spent on a Sunday morning discussing the previous days results as he gathered information for his evening post report. He will be greatly missed. Condolences from All at North Notts Hockey Club.
Jason Faulkner

North Notts HC and Sikh Union (Coventry) pay a moment of respect

Really sad news. Peter will always be remembered as a true legend of Notts hockey. Many weekends we put the world to rights discussing things in and around hockey …. then I would give him my Evening Post match report back in the day….. thoughts are with his family
Kris Elston

As the last Notts President working with Peter and current chairman I was so pleased that a moment of remembrance was held with West Bridgford and Boots at the weekend. I called Peter Mr Nottinghamshire. All my love to Kate; a sad loss of a hockey legend and a good friend.
Andrew Barnes

West Bridgford HC and Boots HC pay their respects with a minutes silence

Peter cared very deeply about the clubs he was involved in and the leagues he oversaw, always had an opinion on future fixtures and loved to reminisce about past results too. Even rang up about seeing hockey players in the list of Robin Hood runners. Big loss to the Nottingham hockey family.
James Cameron-Williams

Many more tributes can be found at 

County Championships B Division Preliminary Tournament 2017

It was damp and dreary conditions that welcomed Nottinghamshire and Cornwall as they started off the 2017 B division pool hosted at the Nottingham Hockey Centre.

With the pitch proving quite slippery due to the weather and several players loosing their footing early on, it was Cornwall who started the better, and Ben Eddy put them ahead after only 4 minutes. Nottinghamshire gradually found their feet and, shortly after the break, Sam Dixon pulled them level with a trademark drag flick PC finish.

Chris Burton foils an early Cornwall PC

Cornwall replied and retook the lead when Josh Pearce finishing from free play, before Nottinghamshire completed the scoring when Charlie Brook deflected in from another well worked Nottinghamshire PC and the game ended 2-2.

The second game of the day saw Derbyshire, newly promoted from the C Division, take on Northumberland, a side relegated from A Division. Derbyshire stormed into the lead within the first minute when Chris Beastall finished nicely, before Northumberland got into their stride. Guy Draper doubled Derbyshire’s lead just 10 minutes later. Northumberland finally started to pull together and got a goal back, through Jonathan Stoddard, just before half-time. The second half was a cagey affair. Both side defended well and stifled any free flowing attacking play. Final score 2-1 to Derbyshire.

Ryan Day scores a thunderous reverse stick goal v. Herefordshire

Game 3 saw Herefordshire face Nottinghamshire. The sides have met several times before in the County Championships and the end result here was no different to their recent meetings. Eight goals, including a hat-trick from Nottinghamshire’s Ryan Day plus one a piece for Alex Davies, Manny Soar, Charlie Brook, David Ebbage and skipper Adam Innocent was more than enough to counter the Herefordshire goals by Andy Rogers, Stuart Goddarzi, Hary Ellis and Nicko Evans.

Game 4 saw Cornwall take on Northumberland. It was all evenly balanced before a rush of blood by Northumberland’s goalkeeper, Jordan Thompson, saw him take out a Cornwall forward illegally, give away a Penalty Stroke and receive a 10 minute yellow card on 12 minutes. This put Cornwall in control. Josh Pearce converted the stroke and, with Northumberland without a goalkeeper on the bench and forced into to playing with a ‘kicking back’, found themselves 3 down, with further goals from Dom Proctor and Cuthbert Sheppard. Northumberland did pull one back when Andrew Hayes converted a penalty corner, but Cornwall replied to regain their 3 goal lead through Sam Dunston before Thompson returned. Northumberland pulled to within two, right on the stroke of half time through Ritchie Brown and set up a nervous second half, especially when Chris Traynor scored for Northumberland to make to 4-3. A nervous 28 minutes later Cornwall were relieved to hear the final whistle with no further goals.

The final game of day 1 saw Derbyshire take on Herefordshire. Derbyshire were looking to finish the day on maximum points and Herefordshire were looking to consolidate after their earlier loss to the hosts. Herefordshire defended stoutly and it wasn’t until 33 minutes that Derbyshire finally broke them down when their skipper, Ashley Blakemore, converted from a penalty corner. The second half followed much the same vein and Herefordshire could provide no response to further goals by Derbyshire’s Joe Fell and Chris Beastall at the end of day one.

The weather on day two couldn’t have been more different than day one. Clear blue skies and bright sun welcomed the counties as they arrived at the host venue.

Cornwall and Herefordshire kicked off proceeding and Herefordshire found Cornwall too strong, providing no reply to a brace from Cornwall’s Sam Dunston and one a piece for Nic Stanlake, Henry Lewis and Cuthbert Shepherd.

Nottinghamshire’s Freddie Sail has no hope of stopping Northumberland’s Chris Traynor’s early Penalty Stroke

Game two saw hosts Nottinghamshire face Northumberland. The last time these two sides met it resulted in a 4-4 draw on a dreary day in Durham. However, on this glorious day Nottinghamshire were slow out of the blocks and Northumberland quickly took control. 3 up in 12 minutes through a Penalty stroke, converted by Chris Traynor, before adding his second and another from James Talbot. Nottinghamshire’s Ryan Day pulled one back just before half-time and Lukasz Urbaniak made Nottinghamshire’s defecit one, just after. However, two further goals form Northumberland’s captain, James Redpath, and with Chris Traynor completing his hat-trick, the game was safe despite Nottinghamshire’s Charlie Brook scoring a late consolidation goal.

In the third game table topping Derbyshire faced Cornwall. A close first half saw Derbyshire’s Chris Beastall get the only goal, before 3 goals in six minutes, from Jacob Foster, Adam Foster and Ben Everett-Li put the game beyond Cornwall. They didn’t give up however, and goals form Martin Rowe and Cuthbert Shepherd pulled it back to 4-2 before Derbyshire’s Adam Foster scored his second to make to 5-2 to Derbyshire. A late consolidation from Cornwall’s Sam Dunston would prove invaluable later in the day.

Two unanswered first half goals from Northumberland’s Andrew Hayes and James Redpath saw them take a 2-0 lead at half time in their last game of the weekend against Herefordshire. Two further goals in the second, from Andrew Titmus and James Talbot were more than enough bearing in mind that Hereford’s only goal came from Harry Ellis.

Nottinghamhire’s Josh Dent limits Derbyshire’s options from a side line ball

The weekend ended with what all the local spectators had been waiting for. A local derby game as Derbyshire took on Nottinghamshire. Cornwall’s results earlier in the day meant that Nottinghamshire needed to win by 2 clear goals in order to qualify for Finals day. Derbyshire had already secured their place. But, local rivalry meant that only a win for either side would do. Notts gained the upper hand on 6 minutes when Ryan Day increased his tally for the weekend with an excellent penalty corner finish. The close proximity of the counties meant that both sides’ players knew each other extremely well, many playing for the same clubs, and it may have been brought to bear when a crunching challenge by Nottinghamshire goalkeeper, Chris Burton, saw Derbyshire awarded a penalty stroke just 60 seconds later. This was calmly converted by Derbyshire’s Adam Foster. Nottinghamshire’s Charlie Brook restored Nottinghamshire lead on 13 minutes, only for Adam Foster to pull Derbyshire level again on 20 minutes. Derbyshire led for the first time on 26 minutes through Guy Draper, before Nottinghamshire pegged them back to 3-3 when Sam Dixon scored from a penalty corner. 2 goals in a minute from Derbyshire’s Dan Molloy and Guy Draper extended their lead to 2, before Nottinghamshire’s Charlie Brook’s penalty corner deflection saw the hosts only trailing by one at half-time. Nottinghamshire’s captain, Adam Innocent, scored early on in the second half to bring the sides level before they took the lead again through Ryan Day. Two goals from Derbyshire’s Chris Beastall saw them regain the lead before Notts captain again pulled the sides level. In the last 10 minutes Nottinghamshire piled on the pressure, but some good saves from Derbyshire’s goalkeeper, Rich Harman, kept the score at 7-7. An over-time penalty corner by Sam Dixon hit a Derbyshire foot for a repeat as Dixon went off in agony having taken a stray stick to his hand. The subsequent and final penalty corner of the game was saved by Harman to keep the score 7-7!

So Derbyshire and Cornwall qualify for finals day after an exciting and thrilling two days of hockey.

Nottinghamshire 2017 Back Row: Amo Soar (Head Coach); Ali Lewis; Josh Dixon; Alex Davies; Ryan Day; Tom Palframan; David Ebbage; Alex Whitt; Chris Burton; Freddie Sail;Sam Dixon; James Hewitt (Assistant Coach) Front row: Ben Docherty; Adam Innocent (Captain); Luke Davies; Lukasz Urbaniak; Charlie Brook; Manny Soar; Josh Dent


Club Not Selected Selected
Beeston HC 4
Belper HC* 2 4
Boots HC 9
Mansfield HC
Newark HC 1 1
North Notts HC 1
Nottingham HC 1
Nottingham Players HC 1
Nottingham Trent University
Sikh Union (Nottingham) HC 1
South Nottingham
Teddington HC* 1
University of Nottingham
West Bridgford HC 1 2
Worksop (Men) HC

* As well as county club players, those players living, born or studying in the county also qualify to play

Goal Scorers

Penalty Corner Field Goal Total
Ryan Day 3 3 6
Charlie Brook 2 3 5
Adam Innocent © 3 3
Sam Dixon 2 2
Alex Davies 1 1
Manny Soar 1 1
David Ebbage 1 1
Lukasz Urbaniak 1 1

Level 1 Umpire Course – Beeston HC – 4th June

A course is now on the EH website available for bookings :

The deadline is Wednesday 24th May or until full. Places are first come first served and only secure when booked and paid for online. Minimum participants is 14.

Details of the course are as follows:

Date Sunday 4th June
Time 9am-4:30pm
Venue NOTTINGHAM HOCKEY CENTRE, University Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 2PS
Course Format Option 1
Organiser John O’Brien, 07593 538229
Tutor Margaret McLoughlin, 07712 779295

Please be advised bookings must be made in the name of the participant – bookings cannot be made on behalf of someone else. Guidance for those having trouble with the booking process is available at the link above.

Please send any queries to

NHA 2017 AGM Calling Notice

Notice is hereby given of the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Nottinghamshire Hockey Association

As decided at the 2016 AGM;

The meeting will be held on Wednesday 26th April 2017, 7:00pm for 7:15pm
AT: Nottingham Hockey Centre (Upstairs Conference room)

Clubs are expected to send TWO voting members to this meeting.

The Agenda, Minutes of the previous AGM, officers reports and any other relevant papers will be placed in this post on the NHA website before the meeting.

Would clubs please forward any nomination for Executive posts (along with proposer and seconder details) to be received by the Secretary no later than 5pm on 13th April 2017.

Please note: We currently require a representative to East Midlands Hockey Umpiring Association (EMHUA) and, ideally, as John Straw takes up a position as Midlands President, a representative to Midlands Council.

Also Note: Whilst Andy Barnes is currently happy to carry on as Chairman, we ideally need to start some succession planning, so anyone who may be interested in the role of Chairman, please let me know,

Please also forward any nominations for Honorary Life Membership of the Association by 15th April 2017, along with a brief explanation as to why you have nominated them.


Gareth Parr

(Links will become active as reports become available)

Please endeavour to print your own copies of reports – only a very limited number will be available on the night.


AGM 2016-Minutes


AGM 2017-Club Details




AGM 2017-NHDGReport



AGM-2017-Life Member Nomination

County Championships 2017

At the end of last season Nottinghamshire retained Division B status in England Hockey’s County Championships.  Coach Amo Soar returns for another year alongside his assistant James Hewitt.

The preliminary tournament will be held on 6th-7th May 2017 at our home venue of The Nottingham Hockey Centre.

Please can you pass this information on to all male players within your club and emphasise to those players likely to come along that, at the very least, the first two training sessions and selection are fully open to all, AND FREE.

This is a great opportunity to train alongside some different people to usual, maybe learn some new skills and challenge yourself.

With Notts clubs fairing well this season we are hoping to represent as diverse a spread of the County teams as possible.

The training/selection session dates for your diary are…..

Wednesday 12th April 7:30-9pm – Training & Trials OPEN TO ALL
Wednesday 19th April 7:30-9pm – Training & Trials OPEN TO ALL
Wednesday 26th April 8:00-10pm – Warm-up match vs Lincolnshire – Start 8:15pm
Wednesday 3rd May 7:30-9pm – TBC
(The TBC will likely be a final squad training session – attendees will be informed)

All training is at The Nottingham Hockey Centre on the SAND DRESSED pitch (This is due to the County Championships being played on the sand).

Please arrive at 7:00pm to all of the sessions so we can maximise the pitch time.

As mentioned earlier, the preliminary tournament for entry into Finals day will be held at The Nottingham Hockey Centre  on 6th – 7th May 2017.

If we finish in the top 2 of the group we will qualify for the Semi-Final / Final on Saturday 20th May at the Nottingham Hockey Centre – so a great opportunity with home advantage potentially throughout!

To qualify to play for Nottinghamshire you must meet one of the following criteria;

Play for a Nottinghamshire affiliated club
Have played for Nottinghamshire previously and not played for another county since
Live in Nottinghamshire
Attend a School or University affiliated to Nottinghamshire
Have been born in Nottinghamshire
Criteria will be applied in the above order of preference.

All selected players will receive a NHA training shirt – Anyone can order additional kit from our on-line shop.

NHA shop

Please feel free to invite others along to the training sessions if they meet the above criteria.

Can we also ask that players e-mail so we have rough idea on our many players are coming.

All attending players should also fill out and print the attached Player Details Form and bring it with them when they attend. No player will be able to participate in the final squad without one!

Player Details Form

Tim Speight

Tim Speight sadly passed away on Wednesday 25th January. Tim was, up until recently secretary of the Notts Hockey Development Group and a member of the Nottinghamshire Hockey Association executive. He was also a great supporter of Beeston Hockey Club and his daughter Abi is a member of the ladies 1st team squad.

Details about the funeral will be posted once they are known.

If anyone would like to send cards to the family please hand them in at Beeston HC and they can arrange for them to be sent on to the family.

Our thoughts and wishes are with Tim’s family and friends at this sad time.

Bingham Leisure Centre Pitch Approaches Completion

The new sand dressed hockey pitch being installed at Bingham Leisure Centre is close to completion.

The facility has been fully upgraded with new floodlighting and new rigid weld mesh fencing.

If any clubs are looking at any extra times for training or games or any new clubs looking for a home, please contact

Dave Radmall (
Centre Manager
Bingham Leisure Centre

Tel: 01949 838628

New Surface
New Fencing
New Floodlights

An Open Forum With England Hockey

To be held on Wednesday 16th November, commencing at 8.00pm.

The EH Development Director [Richard Beer] will outline the new strategy for the development of the sport following the success of the Olympics and will conduct an open Q&A session to give the opportunity for all clubs to pose questions.


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