Overview of Club History

Bishop’s Stortford Hockey Club

A Brief History

The Club is proud to be entering its seventh decade, having originally been formed in 1948.


Little hockey was played prior to this when the then local club played as East Herts HC. Home games were played at Cricketfield Lane, Hockerill Athletic Club and Sawbridgeworth. Barely able to raise a team in the early days, players had to rely all too often on getting to away fixtures by train and taxi due to the lack of motorcars after the war. In 1969 we were elected to the Hertfordshire County League and the East Central League in 1972. Promotion to the East League was gained in 1975. Today, the Club boasts 10 adult teams, as well as indoor and mixed, in addition to our thriving junior sections with a further 21 teams.

A note on the club history

Colin Barber commissioned Tom Saul to produce his recollections of the early years of BSHC reproduced here along with his own manuscript of the middle years of the club’s history to date. His son, Duncan, our current Men’s Club Captain arranged for these manuscripts to be transcribed in 2017 and Mark Surridge added his section to bring the history up to the end of the 1980s. Click here or on the image below to read the draft so far!

We are now seeking help from members and friends of the club to build on the bones of this history: either to add their recollections to enhance the existing sections or to contribute to more recent history – particularly the period 1990-2010 and to reflect the enormous contirbution of the Ladies' section in this history. We are also keen to receive any photos, scanned or otherwise, and any other memorabilia worthy of capturing in this document.

If you have any material that you would like to submit, please do contact the Chairman.

BSHC Club History