News 2014

Enquiry  Donate

On the 27 August, over 40 Scottish former Great Britain (GB) players came together at Uddingston Hockey Club to be presented with their GB honours caps. Scottish Hockey, with the support of The Hockey Museum (THM), Hockey Internationals Club and GB Hockey organised this special event, which took place as part of the men’s EuroHockey Nations Championship Qualifier. The players received their GB caps from Sheila Morrow (GB Hockey President); the event was hosted by Colin Fraser (Scottish Hockey President) and Kaz Cuthbert (Scottish Hockey Vice President) and the Museum was represented by Katie Dodd (THM Vice President).

The event was an opportunity for former teammates to reconnect but also an occasion for long-overdue recognition of their GB achievements. Some players had not seen each other for 30 years: friendships were rekindled, old stories exchanged, and memories jogged. There was much laughter. Above all else, there was an overwhelming sense of pride.

Sue MacDonald wrote:

“It was fantastic to receive our GB caps, and really lovely to catch up with so many familiar faces! Having the presentation in Scotland was also lovely to enable family members to join, which was really appreciated.”

Vishal Marwaha added:

“Thanks to everyone involved in making this happen. It was very special to get acknowledged in this way and amazing to meet up with so many players from the past. I know it must have taken quite some time and effort which I really appreciate.”

The presentations opened with GB Hockey marking the achievements of four very special cap recipients who are no longer with us: George Black, Helen Weir, Joyce Hunter and Margaret Brown.


Scottish GB caps Helen Weir GB honours cap


  • George Black was Scottish Hockey’s oldest member at 95, when he passed away earlier this year. He played for GB in the 1960s and continued playing until late in life. His son David was presented with his honours cap.
  • Helen Weir was the long-time Scottish GK in the 1950s & ‘60s and was selected to play for the very first GB women’s team that toured to the USA in 1965. As the GK, Helen Weir also has the distinction of holding the GB player no. 1. Helen’s niece, Helen Johnston, was presented with her GB cap by Sheila Morrow.
  • Joyce Hunter was a distinguished Captain for both Scotland and the very first women's GB team in 1965. She was a talented athlete, also representing Scotland at javelin. When Joyce died, she had no close relatives so left her estate to The High School of Dundee where she had developed her love of all sports. Lise Hudson, the Rector of The High School of Dundee, attended the ceremony to be presented with Joyce’s GB cap.
  • Margaret Brown, known to all as ‘Broon’, played for Scotland and GB in the 1970s and her cap was received on behalf of the family by former colleague, Mary Murphy.



Scottish GB caps Sheila Morrow with Lise Hudson Rector of The High School of Dundee     Scottish GB caps Sheila Morrow with Alison Ramsay
Left: GB President Sheila Morrow with Lise Hudson, Rector of The High School of Dundee.
Right: Sheila Morrow with Alison Ramsay, GB’s most capped Scottish player.
All photographs courtesy of Scottish Hockey and Mark Pugh.


Scottish GB caps Group picture Chris Sutherland Dennis Hay Billy McLean Sheila Morrow David Leiper Dougie Potter      Scottish GB caps Group picture Mark Ralph Vishal Marwaha Stephen Dick Sheila Morrow David Mitchell Graham Dunlop Michael Christie

Left: Chris Sutherland, Dennis Hay, Billy McLean, Sheila Morrow, David Leiper and Dougie Potter.
Right: Mark Ralph, Vishal Marwaha, Stephen Dick, Sheila Morrow, David Mitchell, Graham Dunlop and Michael Christie.


Other notable presentations were to:

  • Alison Ramsay, GB’s most capped Scottish player. Ali earned 107 GB caps and is a double Olympian winning bronze in 1992.
  • Rhona Simpson, a double Olympian and Scotland's highest GB goal scorer with 34 goals in 80 appearances.
  • Pauline Stott a double Olympian and Scotland’s only GB Captain.
  • Dennis Hay who played at the 1972 Olympics and was coach of the GB women’s bronze medal team in 1992.
  • David Leiper, who not only played for GB but went on to umpire at two Olympic Games in 2004 and 2008.
  • Jenny and Chris Grassick in a unique double presentation: the only mother and son GB players.


Scottish GB caps Group picture Sue Macdonald Pauline Stott Sheila Morrow Diane Renilson Janet Jack Sue Fraser Rhona Simpson Mary Coutts      Scottish GB caps Chris and Jenny Grassick
Left: Sue Macdonald, Pauline Stott, Sheila Morrow, Diane Renilson, Janet Jack, Sue Fraser, Rhona Simpson and Mary Coutts.
Right: Jenny and Chris Grassick, the only mother and son GB players.


Scottish GB caps cap throwing celebration


Scottish Recognition for Umpires and Officials

Colin Fraser, the Master of Ceremonies (MC) for the event, took advantage of the occasion to also recognise the considerable contributions made to GB Hockey by Scottish umpires, officials and administrators. Particular mention went to Wendy McLean and Lee Cousins.

  • Wendy McLean played a role in the inclusion of a GB women’s team for the first time at an Olympic Games, at Seoul in 1988. Wendy went on to be the Chair of the Great Britain Women’s Hockey Olympic Committee from 1986 to 1996.
  • Lee Cousins was the Scottish representative on the Great Britain Hockey Board from 2005 to 2013 and played a key role in the instigation of the GB Framework Agreement for Hockey, signed in 2006, that brought together the three Home Nations in a binding agreement.


Colin also said that Scottish Hockey was immensely proud of the contribution Scottish umpires and officials have made to world hockey at GB level. Six women and five men have umpired at Olympic Games:

  • Margot Barr
  • Jean Robertson
  • Janice MacDonald
  • Jean Duncan
  • Anne McRae; and
  • Sarah Wilson (who umpired the bronze medal match at Rio 2016 and the gold medal match at Tokyo 2020).

  • Craig Madden
  • David Leiper
  • Andy Mair (the bronze medal match at Beijing 2008)
  • Ged Curran (the gold medal match at London 2012); and
  • Martin Madden (the bronze medal match at Rio 2016).


As a senior official, Evlyn Raistrick had officiated at three Olympic Games (Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000), and more recently Scottish Technical Officials Anne Wotherspoon and Barbara Morgan had been Judges for the FIH Pro League.


The Scottish Hockey Heritage Group

The event was also an opportunity for Jenny Grassick to tell everyone attending about the recently set up Scottish Hockey Heritage Group for which she is Chair. With the support of THM and Scottish Hockey, the group are currently defining the scope of its activities as well as looking to identify where significant archive material is currently held and how this can be best preserved and made available to the wider hockey family. Jenny said that more information would be available soon but that if anyone wanted to get involved in this exciting project they should get in touch.


Discover more about the Scottish Hockey Heritage Group and their work to identify collections: The Jim Shepherd Collection: The Genesis of a Scottish Hockey Museum? | (


The Hockey Museum’s GB Caps Project Explained

Wimbledon Ladies Celebrate 125 Years

15 December 2014

Wimbledon Ladies' Hockey Club (WLHC), the oldest surviving ladies' hockey club in the world, celebrated their 125 years in style over the weekend of 27th and 28th of September. It began with a programme of matches followed by a traditional match tea of sandwiches and cake at the Wimbledon Club where...

First THM Quiz Winners

15 December 2014
First THM Quiz Winners

At this year’s London Investec Cup back in July, the Museum ran a quiz for the many school parties who visited the event and came on to the Museum stand. The school children were given a set of questions where all the answers could be found somewhere among the exhibits. We...

Mrs Belchamber, Miss Bettine And Miss Ellis

15 December 2014
Mrs Belchamber, Miss Bettine And Miss Ellis

I was in The Hockey Museum one Tuesday morning and was asked to look up some information to help answer an enquiry from a man researching his family tree, whose mother, Mrs Belchamber, played for England in the 1920s. He had some information and a letter dated 23 October 1920...

Lord Gets Off The Bench And Picks Up His Hockey Stick

14 November 2014

This article was spotted in a recent issue of the Scotland on Sunday newspaper. "The recent retired chairman of the Scottish Land Court, Lord McGhie, shows no signs of slowing down. Just a week or two after stepping down from his exalted position, the good Lord will be turning out in...

Robert Watson Collection

19 September 2014
Robert Watson Collection

The recently acquired Robert Watson collection contained three unusual items (pictured). Two are silver hallmarked pin badges from the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Olympics. The third is believed to be a cufflink from the 1948 London Games but we are missing its partner. Mike Haymonds, September 2014

Lost Collections: Bill Malherbe Of South Africa

07 September 2014

Probably the first real collector of hockey material was Bill Malherbe of South Africa, although the claim might be hotly contested if anyone knew what was in Ken Howells’s (of Teddington Hockey Club and Wales) collection. Sadly, his total and vast collection was thrown away shortly after his death, so...

Museum Stand At The Investec Cup

02 August 2014
Museum Stand At The Investec Cup

The Museum’s stand at the Investec London Cup held at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in the Olympic Park was a great success, attracting even more visitors than last year’s stand and proving a hit with adults and children alike. The display of sticks is always popular with...

The Cine Films Mystery

08 July 2014

The Museum has been given four large collections of hockey films which have been recorded on film reels. Rowena Shepherd, the Museum volunteer leading in this work, commented: “At the moment we really only know their titles. They are a mixture of films of hockey events and matches such as...

Investec London Cup, 9-13 July

01 July 2014

The Hockey Museum will have a stand at the Investec London Cup at the Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from 9-13 July. We very much hope that spectators at the tournament will come to see the exhibits on display which will include: Items...

Memories Of Wembley Stadium

23 June 2014
Memories Of Wembley Stadium

Nan William’s work to uncover the full history of the playing of hockey at Wembley Stadium continues and she has recently received some fascinating stories from former internationals Karen Brown, Sue Slocombe and Val Robinson. In an attempt to also find some local knowledge of this annual hockey event, she...

Even The Gods Played Hockey

20 June 2014
Even The Gods Played Hockey

This mosaic, an image of the god Pan from a Roman villa, was recently seen by The Hocket Museum volunteer Evelyn Somerville in the Archaeological Gardens at Paphos, Cyprus. It was created during the 3rd century AD.

Club Mugs

18 June 2014
Club Mugs

Now’s the time for a spring clean of your kitchen cupboards to find a new home for that old club mug or beer glass that you keep just in case or maybe for ‘old time's sake’. Well, The Hockey Museum can offer this club memento pride of place as we...

War Stories

09 June 2014
War Stories

The Hockey Museum calls for hockey military stories as the centenary of WW1 approaches. Click on the image for the full article.

Museum Volunteers Needed

27 March 2014

The Hockey Museum opened at the beginning of 2012 in splendid premises in Woking, Surrey. In two years it has come a long way in establishing itself as the leading institution for collecting, storing, archiving and researching the rich history and heritage of the sport of hockey. New collections arrive...

Let's Make A Date!

26 February 2014

When the English Hockey Association folded in 2002 was that the end of English hockey? Of course not. Early the following year a new association, England Hockey, arose, phoenix-like, from the ashes. And some time after that it was renamed the English Hockey Board. Clubs kept on playing and many...

How Old Is Your Club?

18 February 2014

How old is your club? Guildford Hockey Club were not really sure. They celebrated their 50th in 1975 on the understanding that they had started in 1925. Local club Woking then suggested that they might be older than that. Their club chairman, Chris Basly, contacted us and we had a...

The Oldest Club Archive

10 February 2014

Surbiton Hockey Club are not quite the oldest club in the world but they do have the oldest and most complete ‘club archive’; unless you know better, of course! Their minute books go back to 1874 together with copious press cuttings and a complete collection of their club newsletter from...

The Hockey Museum Visits FIH HQ In Lausanne

03 February 2014

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) are very impressed with what we are achieving at The Hockey Museum after their two top executives visited us at Woking last July. A special 'there-and-back-in-a-day' visit made us realise that they were serious. The FIH's mission statement includes a commitment to history and heritage...

20 years in Storage

02 February 2014

By Mike Smith Two collections that have arrived at the Museum have actually been with us for over twenty years. They were collections given to us as a ‘fledgling set-up’ but, with the loss of our first home in Milton Keynes, they were never updated and sorted. This fascinating job...

Initiatives To Promote The Museum

01 February 2014

By Mike Smith The NHM website will be "upgraded" in the near future as we have just about reached the capacity of the old one. Under the direction of our new Webmaster, Allan Jobling, and our Publicity Officer, Mike Haymonds, we are hopeful of significantly increasing the potential to share information and...

FIH President visits the Museum

25 January 2014
FIH President visits the Museum

By Mike Haymonds Leandro Negre, FIH President, made his first visit to the Museum on Wednesday and pronounced himself “very impressed” with what he saw after a guided tour with Chair of Trustees Katie Dodd and Curator Mike Smith. He spoke with many of the volunteers about the work they...

More Lost Collections

24 January 2014

When we met with Leandro Negre, President of the FIH, at the Hockey Writers’ Club Luncheon last year, he said: ”This haemorrhaging of historical hockey material has got to be stopped.” Yes, Leandro, but how do we stop it? Within an hour we learned that the collection put together by Don...

Hockey in Morocco

22 January 2014

The Museum has started researching the origins and development of hockey in North Africa as we already know that ‘hockey-like’ games have been played in many countries in this region for generations. We have images of a game called ‘Genna’ being played in Ethiopia (see item in December’s newsletter), ‘oggaf’...

The Wagstaffe/Miroy Trunk

21 January 2014
The Wagstaffe/Miroy Trunk

Whilst collecting the Miroy collection and helping to clear the house we came across this old trunk in the loft. With the name Wagstaffe on it we realised that it dated from Barbara’s father who founded the Folkestone Hockey Festival. It was through the Festival that Barbara and Nevil first...


About Us & Visiting

Support Us

Contact Us

Subscribe To THM Mailing List



Artefacts & Archives

Oral Histories


Research & Study Topics


Quizzes & Games

International Focus

Our Partners

BathUni Library Logo     EH Logo on white    FIH Logo Large    HLF compact cmyk   Mercian BLACK 2011 12   WokingBC RGB logo     CMYK Portrait

S5 Box



You need to enable user registration from User Manager/Options in the backend of Joomla before this module will activate.