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David Prosser      David Prosser GB cap award player no 144 with Lewis Prosser son


Left: A smiling David on his motorised scooter that helped keep him mobile in recent times.

Right: David was presented with his GB honours cap by his son Lewis.

 

25.01.1943 – 24.01.2021

The Hockey Museum (THM) is very saddened to record the death of David Prosser, one of our greatest supporters. He was there at the rebirth of THM in Woking in 2012, attending the opening ceremony and was always in the background with support, encouragement and material.

David was one of very few players to have represented his country whilst still at school. He went on to represent Wales a (then) record sixty-nine times. One of David’s proudest comments was to tell you that his son Lewis now shares that record, although with the increased frequency of matches Lewis’s total is closing in on two hundred!

Despite his debilitating illness of late, David got out on his motorised scooter to watch Lewis whenever he could.

It was at Kingston Grammar School (KGS) where David learned his hockey, in the infamous ‘cage’, and by a happy coincidence Lewis is now coaching hockey at KGS. However, when David left school, he showed his true all-round sporting ability by joining Surrey County Cricket Club.

In hockey David went on to captain both Wales and Great Britain (GB) and details of his career are given in the excellent appreciation that follows from Hockey Wales. He was also selected as International Hockey Player of the Year in 1972.

Knowing that David had a life-threatening illness, THM decided to honour our friend by arranging the early presentation of his GB Honours Cap. The result of our GB Stats Project, the caps are due for general presentation later this year but we felt it appropriate to get David’s to him as soon as possible. So, at Christmas just past, David received his cap – in lockdown – from Lewis. It is fair to say that David was thrilled to bits.

 

Read Hockey Wales’s tribute to David Prosser by clicking here.

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