There is always a club that everybody loves to hate. It’s usually one which wins a lot or is perceived to have buckets of money, writes Claire Middleton
In soccer, it’s Manchester City on both counts, though you have to admit – even grudgingly – that they play lovely football. Back in the day it was Wimbledon – and there was no reason, grudging or otherwise, to applaud the way they played the game.
In hockey it’s probably Surbiton (whose women are always winning) – though I’ll leave others to judge whether they are Wimbledon or Manchester City in the playing stakes.
It was ever thus, and the side involved usually uses it as motivation. In the late 1990’s, back when the National League seemed to have a chance of turning into something really special, the honour belonged to Cannock and they played on it for all they were worth.
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Cannock roll of honour
Nat Champs 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005
EHA Cup 1998, 2002, 2005, 2007
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