History of the Club
City of Peterborough Hockey Club
City of Peterborough Hockey Club was formed for the start of the 2006/07 season by the merger of Peterborough Town Hockey Club, Peterborough Town Ladies Hockey Club and Peterborough Athletic Hockey Club.
At the start of the 2010/11 season, the club finally merged its separate Mens and Ladies Committees into one single Club Committee, completing the journey started 4 years previously.
Below you will find some of the earlier history of the clubs which came together in Sept 2006 to form one of the East's premier clubs.
Peterborough Athletic Hockey Club...
Established in 1980, Peterborough Athletic Hockey Club counted Stuart Seton and Ken Temple amongst its founding members. PAHC drew its players mainly from the then numerous local mixed hockey sides, together with strong links with the Deacon’s and Jack Hunt Schools.
The club commenced fixtures with a single side, using the Deacons school pitches, and sharing clubhouse facilities with Bretton Exiles Rugby Club, as part of the Bretton Woods Association. Club training took place indoors at the Cresset.
PAHC quickly expanded to running two and then three men’s sides, together with its own mixed team, and moved it’s clubhouse base to the Bluebell, Dogsthorpe, an association that was to last several years.
The club moved pitches on a number of occasions, reflecting the decline of grass hockey with the advent of Astroturf. From Deacons school the short journey was made to Peterborough Technical College, followed by the Grange. The clubs first Astroturf base was at Pearl Assurance Sports Ground Castor, followed by the Bushfields Sports Centre, Orton. Separate adult and junior training sessions were established at the Embankment Astroturf.
Clubhouse facilities progressed from the Bluebell, via the New Inn and the Triangle to the Post Office Club, whose generous hospitality the club enjoyed for over ten years.
Success on the pitch
The club achieved early success on the pitch, winning its first league title, Division 3N, in the 1982/83 season, captained by Dave Grammer. There have been a number of subsequent league re-organisations, which combined with promotions and relegations, have seen the clubs first team win Division 3NW on two occasions, most recently the 2000/01 season under the captaincy of Chris Samuel.
In its 10th Anniversary season PAHC held a formal dinner at the Bull Hotel, with guest speaker Olympic Gold Medal-winner Paul Barber. The players were able to enjoy a combined celebration with the first and second teams winning league divisions 3NW and 2NW reserves respectively, a league the second team had previously won in the 1987/88 season.
The second team also won division 5NW in 2002/03 followed by Division 4NW in 2003/04, with captain Tony Bond leading them on a run of 48 league games without defeat.
Although the club generally competed at a first team level of Division 2, it did enjoy a brief run of Division 1 hockey, including the 1993/94 season when under the captaincy of Paul Day the side narrowly missed promotion to the Premier Division on goal difference. The second team also peaked in the early 90’s with a season playing Premier Reserves led by Simon Bothwell.
The mixed team counted amongst its successes Brummitt champions in 1992, and losing finalists in 1991.
Representative honours / umpiring / administration / coaching
PAHC has developed players who have achieved representative honours at County, Divisional and International level. These include:-
- Junior: Joe Finding, James Fisher
- Senior: Carl Daniels, Steve Gregory, Peter Hings, Paul Seton, Russ Seton
- Veterans: Graham Finding, Rob Fisher, Dave Hiles, Steve Jackson, Dick Mason
An extensive list of PAHC players have progressed from playing to umpiring including Roy Fox, Dave Reeson and Mark Jarvis, who all went on to umpire at National League level.
Long standing Club treasurer, Alan Gage served on the East League Management Committee for a number of years, ably supported by his wife, club secretary Sue Gage. Steve Buckley is a former East League Management Committee Chairman.
Numerous PAHC players have achieved coaching qualifications at levels 1, 2 and 3 including Steve Jackson, who progressed to coaching at both junior Divisional and National League level.
The social side of hockey
From the outset PAHC put an emphasis on enjoyment both on and off the pitch in order to generate a strong club identity. In its first 25 seasons the club toured on no less than 48 separate occasions, under the name of Hatters. Destinations have included Lowestoft, Thirsk, Scarborough, Bournemouth, Viersen (Germany), and the Isle of Man.
PAHC celebrated its 25th Anniversary on the 22nd April 2005, and in the month following hosted its 23rd consecutive hockey festival.
The festival was originally in an 11-a-side format, over a single day at Deacon’s School, and including local school side’s, Deacon’s and Jack Hunt. The festival developed to a two-day tournament format, hosted at Bretton Gate, with 7-a-side games on half pitches, men’s teams competing on the Saturday and mixed teams on the Sunday.
At the end of the 2005/06 season, PAHC accepted an invitation from Peterborough Town Hockey Club to merge, to the mutual long term benefit of both clubs. The City of Peterborough Hockey Club was formed, commencing fixtures with 9 men’s league sides for the 2006/07 season.