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Prolific goalscorer Alan Forsyth misses out on GB men’s Olympic hockey squad

Team GB men's squad to be revealed this week, with no Scottish athlete for third Olympic Games in a row

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Rod Gilmour
Rod Gilmour
The Hockey Paper's Editor. First covered international hockey at the 2010 Commonwealth Games - no better than a full house watching India play England - and has reported for the Daily Telegraph and other major newspapers ever since. Co-founded THP in 2016.

Scotland’s Alan Forsyth, English club hockey’s most prolific striker over the last five years, is set to miss out on a second Team GB Olympic squad after being overlooked for the Tokyo Games.

Forsyth, a popular member of the GB men’s programme, was a surprise omission for the Rio 2016 squad but has dominated English domestic hockey in recent seasons. He was considered a key man in GB’s 16-strong selection and is the biggest omission in the squad, which is due to be revealed this week and approved by the British Olympic Association.

The Surbiton forward, who has netted over 100 international goals for Scotland and GB, will be named as one of two travelling reserves in what will be seen as a bold selection call by coach Danny Kerry…

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  1. That is a complete joke, Alan must be on the squad, this is a disgrace if true.
    Sincere doubts as to the ability of the Coach to see his top striker if that is the case.

  2. Shameful
    Not surprising
    But utterly shameful
    What does he & others have to do – should be an automatic starter with his record
    BOOO to the coach & BOA 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

  3. Absolutely agree that Alan should be in the squad your top goal scorer not in you have to question coach selection in the first place

  4. Not the first time and certainly won’t be the last time GB have cut a Scot from an Olympic Squad to look after the team England boys first and foremost.
    Alan’s omission for a second time is scandalous. But then they get away with this as they are beyond reproach. From poaching players from other countries outside the UK to meet their demands, to bringing back players who have “retired” when they change their minds, at the expense of players who have worked hard in the program for the full cycle.
    The sacrifices the boy has made to get to an Olympics for once again no return. A bold selection call ! More like disgusting !

  5. Where is the incentive for the young up and coming kids in Scotland to play for the GB Hockey team when someone with Alan`s goal scoring record over the last few seasons can`t make it into the squad. Its not a GB Squad, and why would any Scottish player no matter their ability put themselves forward for the GB program.
    A very sad day for hockey in Scotland.

  6. With respect to Scotland it’s nothing to do with nationality, although I understand entirely the reaction, it’s just a poor, poor decision full stop. It shows that club form , MVP and top scorer awards mean nothing: but on the other hand, we must believe EH and GB when they say club hockey’s important, this decision shows it is of zero value. I’d back Alan anytime, he’s just who I’d want in the opposition circle, a man with confidence and presence, the fact that Dutch clubs want him speaks volumes.


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