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The collections within The Hockey Museum (THM) cover over 25 different subject areas and they often service or contribute towards our 30 or so active study subjects.

Most of the objects and material within the museum collections are donated by kind friends of hockey but occasionally we must buy items that are rare or important. Sometimes items appear in auctions and we have to move quickly to secure them!

Recently we were offered an original illustration of Stanley Shoveller that had appeared in Country Life magazine in 1912. We had no hesitation in moving to secure this unusual piece. Not only does this give us a valuable addition to our art collection, but it also provides us with a rare illustration of this great player – probably the only British hockey player who will win two Olympic gold medals (1908 & 1920). This picture of the great man will be included in the chapter on him that will appear in Hockey's Military Stories, one of our study subjects.


Stanley Shoveller artwork low res

An illustration of England hockey player Stanley H Shoveller by Charles Ambrose (c.1912).

The Hockey Museum collection.


Who was Stanley Shoveller?

While still at Kingston Grammar School, Stanley Shoveller played for Hampstead Hockey Club. He was a prolific goal-scorer at all levels of the game, scoring seven for England against Wales in 1906 and achieving 17 international hat-tricks. He would have played more international hockey were it not for business commitments as a stockbroker. In his early years as an international he formed an effective partnership with his Old Kingstonian contemporary, the inside-forward Gerald Logan (1879-1951), another who joined Hampstead HC.

Stanley was a highly deceptive player. He did not appear to be fast or to have remarkable stickwork or a devastating shot. But he was desperately quick off the mark, with wonderful control of the ball. His body swerve allowed him to evade defenders and his favourite and most effective method was to bring the ball up to the left side of the goal and to score with a flick shot that no goalkeeper seemed able to stop. He was known as the ‘Prince of Centre Forwards’ but remained a remarkably modest man.

Hockey was admitted to the London Olympic Games in 1908. Only two overseas nations (France and Germany) entered sides, so the four home nations competed separately to create a competition. Shoveller played centre-forward in an England side that emerged as gold medallists after defeating France in the preliminary round, Scotland in the semi-final, and Ireland in the final.

The sport was omitted from the Stockholm Olympic Games in 1912, though an alternative international tournament was organised by the German Olympic Council at Hamburg in October 1912. The Hockey Association (HA) entered an England team and Stanley scored four times in an 8-3 victory over Germany, and three times in a 10-0 defeat of Austria.


England mens team in Hamburg October 1912

The England men's team that played France on 26 March 1910 at Auteuil near Paris, before 1,000 spectators.

Stanley Shoveller is standing in the darker jacket in the centre, only a couple of years prior to the above illustration.


On the outbreak of the First World War, he joined the Rifle Brigade and was commissioned second lieutenant. Wounded at Hooge, Belgium, in July 1915, Stanley returned to the front and was awarded the Military Cross (MC). Promoted to lieutenant in December 1915 and to captain in 1917, he served through the remainder of the Great War, relinquishing his commission in July 1919.

Stanley resumed hockey in 1919 and captained Great Britain to a gold medal at the 1920 Antwerp Olympic Games when he celebrated his 40th birthday.


Great Britain 1920 Olympiad Antwerp

Great Britain men's hockey team at the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp.

Stanley Shoveller is standing in the centre of the back row.


His Hampstead HC teammate Cyril Wilkinson wrote:

“His most remarkable record was in connection with the Olympic Games. He was the only [hockey] player to have won two gold medals and though it must be conceded that the foreign challenge was not so strong, it was remarkable that in 1920, twelve years after his first medal, including four years of war, he again represented Great Britain when approaching his 40th year.”

THM Hon. Curator Mike Smith reflects on the 1920 Olympic hockey tournament in Antwerp.


In retirement, Stanley wrote extensively on the sport and its techniques, compiling with Marjorie Pollard a handbook, Hockey (published in 1936). In that and other works he set out his ideas on forward play and the importance of the centre-forward in linking the forward line, feeding short passes to the inside-forwards, or opening up defences by unexpected long diagonal forward passes to the wings. 

THM Library holds 11 books by Stanley Shoveller.

Stanley Shoveller was Hon. Match Secretary of the HA between 1906 & 1912, and was an England selector, as well as a Vice President of the HA from 1921 until his death in 1959.

Wimbledon Ladies Celebrate 125 Years

15 December 2014

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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

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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

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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...


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