Stockton Hockey Club is a large friendly hockey based on Teesside. We run 5 men's teams, 2 ladies teams and a good selection on junior teams which start with a large Under 10 group. Our home pitch is at Egglescliffe School. There is regular training throughout the season.
The Men's first team play in the North Hockey Association's Division 1. The rest of the Men's teams play in the North East Hockey League. The Ladies first team play North Hockey Associations Division 2 North East league and the Ladies seconds play in the Durham Clubs League Division 1. There are regular Junior tournaments held each month.
A Brief History
The Club presents various awards. Here is a description of each award.
Brian Levy Memorial Trophy
When young Brian died, his family donated the trophy. It was decided to award it to the most improved young player during the season. It is usually a youngster, but it was once awarded to Peter King who certainly was not young at the time.
Arthur Austin Trophy
Donated by our ex Life President who was also heavily involved with Durham County Cricket Club. This is probably the most prestigious award, given to the member who has provided long and conspicuous service to the club. As those who do long service tend to hang around it is not unusual to see the same names being nominated.
Rob Wigin Shield
Our long-time Fixture Secretary wanted to reward the club team with the best record. As this was introduced after leagues were introduced, Rob tended to only consider league results. Determining the winner has become easier with the statistics provided by Fixtures Live.
Golden Jubilee Trophy
To celebrate our 50th Anniversary, our secretary Ray Brearley, framed an English head stick he used in a vets match on Stockton’s grass pitch. On the brass side panels are placed the names of players aged 50 who are still playing regularly. Initially players received a small trophy at the AGM but this practice has fallen by the wayside in recent years.
Player of the Year
The award goes to the player who has made the most valuable contribution on the pitch. Normally a choice, like the Brian Levy trophy, that is recommended by the selection committee. The nominations for all awards are the responsibility of the General Committee.
Ken Ward Trophy
He was the groundsman at Tilery Sports Centre who took a keen interest in the club. A few years before he retired, he donated the trophy which he awarded to personalities he met at Tilery who were connected to the club. When the selection passed to the Committee they used it to reward members who were doing service on behalf of the club, maybe even during a short time span.
Graeme Turner Award
Graeme was a young enthusiastic 4th XI captain who died of a brain tumour. As he encouraged the younger players, his family donated a trophy to be given to the member regarded as influential in the development and encouragement of young players. This could be achieved through coaching, selection, manager, captain, or player.
Peter Groark Award
This is awarded in recognition of the umpiring contribution made by a member to the lower teams of the club.
Click here to see the list of award winners
Bob Hill has looked after indoor hockey at SHC for many years. Here he has produced a detailed history.