Monday, June 27, 2022

A night of emotion and club service at Ashford’s 100th anniversary

The Hockey Paper’s editor attends one Middlesex club’s 100th anniversary celebrations

She is the first person you usually see at events – be it club, internationals, Euros or World Cups – and was the last to receive a special lifetime achievement award at Ashford HC’s centenary bash earlier this month. In between, Welsh wonder woman Lynne Morgan has lived a hockey life to the full, travelled the globe and been a club servant for five decades.

The Hockey Paper was Lynne’s guest at an emotional 100th anniversary club dinner and awards night at the Runnymede on Thames Hotel, Egham, a function which went ahead at the third time of asking. Tears and the drink flowed as Ashford recognised both its players of the season as well as the past. Tales of yesteryear tours flowed in equal measure.

A former club president until last year, Morgan is winding down her club commitments, but not before she fronted a centenary committee, less her knowing about a surprise award after 50 years of service. Gluten free, the septuagenarian says, has also extended her playing career at the club.

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