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Author: Mark Evans

The English Cup and Newhey Ladies Hockey Club

The Hockey Museum is based in Woking, Surrey. Its website describes the museum’s role as, ‘working hard to preserve, share and celebrate the rich heritage and history of the sport of hockey’. One aspect of the work they undertake is researching hockey enquiries that are forwarded to it. One such enquiry was forwarded by Alan Lancaster. He had two pictures. One  was of a team with an inscription on the back – ‘English Cup Winners’ – Newhey. The second was a picture of his mother Doreen Lancaster, nee Howles, and her two sisters June Taylor and Vera Simpson. The...

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Women’s Hockey and the Introduction of Leagues

The All England Women’s Hockey Association (AEWHA) was formed in 1895 and was the ruling body for hockey in England for a number of years. The Association was against competitive hockey with most women’s hockey being played on weekday afternoons as friendly matches. It was assumed by many people that there was no ladies league hockey played until the 1980’s. However, ladies did play league hockey and did compete for cups long before 1980. The North West of England led the way and in many of the North West industrial towns, ladies league hockey flourished. It is thought that...

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