Sadly I have to report that another of our Life members has died.
Bill was 95 and passed away peacefully in a Stapenhill Nursing Home last week.
Bill joined Burton Hockey Club in 1952; during his career with the Club he was better known for his umpiring than his ability on the pitch. He loved the Brewsters' Easter Tours, particularly to Bournemouth, and is pictured below (far right) with his friends old and young in a pre match photo..early seventies..
Ken Stanyon, Peter Ellis, Carlton Smith, Chris Elliott, Chris Smith, Bob Anderson, (back row) Davie Anderson, Tony Collier, Geoff Berry, Mike Holmes, Eddie Appleby and Geoff Smith. (front row)
Bill religiously gave great attention to detail and was always smartly turned out.......he became President of DCHA in 1971 and he was very proud that in 1972 , during his tenure as President of Burton, the Mens 1st XI won the Midlands Club Championship........
Thank you Bill for all your contributions.... RIP Willie
Our end of season stats for 19/20.
There was some sad news last week about the death of Mike Brooker one of our life members. Willie has put a few notes together below:
Mike Brooker was a great supporter of Burton Hockey Club over more than fifty years....an accomplished and sizeable goalkeeper famous in his red tracksuit , he played a few games for the first team but was generally the bridesmaid in the seconds.....his greatest playing contribution was with the Brewsters Sunday XI. And memorably On tour at Easter festivals .....later to become a top grade umpire , putting back considerable Contribution to the game he loved......Mike loved the post match chat and social scene....a fine Domino and Darts player , a serious rival for Mates Peter Ellis, Trevor Windle, Eddie Appleby
Geoff Berry, Davie Anderson Dave Brain and many
Others. Including Andrew Jemison !
He will be sadly missed. RIP.
Burton Hockey Club along with Henhurst Social Club and Dove Valley Race Nights, hosted a great race night on the 28th Feb with over 100 people attending. The event raised over £1500 for the club. Massive thank to all race sponsors, horse owners, Louise Bignell and Rocky for running the tote, Francesca Lord for arranging the raffle and most of all all the people that came along to support the event. A fantastic night for all involved!!
The Ellis Astro has been complete and played on for the last 3-4 years. Burton HC and its members worked hard to raise fundings for the Ellis Astro to be built alongside donations and grants from other sources such as England Hockey and The National Lottery.
Read more to follow how the pitch was funded and a short brief on how the pitch was built.