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The story behind Zimbabwe’s hockey Golden Girls

Sixty-six countries boycotted the 1980 Olympics in Moscow in response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Although that left a whole lot of medals for the Soviets to win, it also meant that the competition needed some augmenting. Take...
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What happened in 1964, the last time the Olympic hockey was held in Tokyo?

The hockey was ruthlessly efficient at the 1964 Olympic Games and there was nearly a seismic world hockey shock on the cards The lowest-seeded nation at the '64 Games in Tokyo, Hong Kong were half-way to completing what would have...

Olympic hockey: 10 great matches and finest moments at summer showpiece

The Hockey Paper picks out 10 classic Olympic Games matches to remember 1992 men’s bronze: Pakistan prevail at the deathThe Dutch were 2-0 up against Pakistan in the men’s bronze medal match. However, smarting from losing to Germany in the...

Double talent: Welsh player’s ‘lockdown portrait’ stuns Royal Academy judges

We speak to Makenzy Beard, a young Welsh player making headlines for her stunning lockdown portrait A Welsh under-16 player, who only first started hockey three years ago, can now add painting to her growing talents after a portrait she...

Shirts and black and white ties: Ever heard of Henbury Ladies Hockey Club?

Mike Haymonds continues to chart The Hockey Museum's neverending array of unearthed stories The most amazing and unlikely things happen when you talk to people, especially when The Hockey Museum was privileged to be visited by General Sir Alex Harley...

Sam Ward: I can inspire others to tell them the dream is never over

Great Britain Hockey double Olympian Sam Ward on idols, how working in car industry prepared him for a sporting life and his philosophy after career-threatening eye injury Sean Kerly was the one I looked up to. I started my career...

Why getting fit for Masters Hockey World Cup really mattered

Australian over 35s gold medallist Angus Armstrong on why masters hockey is an experience of a lifetime Being selected in the Australian side for the first 2018 over 35s World Cup was an ultimate dream, which led to a gold medal in Barcelona.  It...

The year India women made a mark on world hockey stage

The year 1953 was a big one for the nation and for hockey, especially women’s hockey, writes The Hockey Museum's Mike Smith. In March, England played their third “big” match at Wembley, then in June Queen Elizabeth II was...

Olympic hockey controversies: 8 moments at the summer Games

The Hockey Paper takes a look down memory lane at some low points in Olympic hockey competition Rome 1960 - A right old bullyA round robin match between Germany and Pakistan ended in unusual circumstances involving an errant stick, a...

‘Playing for GB hockey is like the British Lions coming together’

Sarah Robertson on her wait for GB selection, mentor Janet Jack, her early football career and the barriers faced by Scottish players When it comes to perseverance, Sarah Robertson stands out. Hailing from the Borders, the 27-year-old says she...
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Tokyo Olympics Hockey: Ireland women ready to take on Holland

Sarah Torrans says the Green Army will “show the world what we can do” against the world No 1...
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