Friday, December 1, 2023

Hockey World Cup: How England ‘No 1 and 2′ goalkeepers are creating own numbers’ legacy

Bhubaneswar — Aussie Mark Hickman, who won Olympic and Commonwealth gold with the Kookaburras, is on a mission to create a legacy for goalkeepers in the UK. 

In football parlance, it is well versed that goalkeepers are referred to as No 1, rather than any other number on their backs. This has crept over to hockey, even though, in England’s case, Ollie Payne is shirt No 20, James Mazarelo is No 16 as the two England goalkeepers at this World Cup.

“It’s something I am trying to change with goalkeeping in the UK,” Hickman told The Hockey Paper in a joint interview alongside Mazarelo after training this week. 

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  1. Had the pleasure of meeting Mark at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Very friendly and approachable guy. Great to see GKs getting specialist coaching and England/GB well blessed in that department.


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