Ian Barrett 1946 - 2011

Ian Barrett passed away on Friday 16 September aged 65.  He was taken ill whilst visiting his son in the Philippines.  Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.

Since hearing about Ian's death the England Hockey has received several tributes from some well known names of hockey which we have brought together here.

Name: Ian Spencer Barrett

Born: 28.11.45 - Portsmouth.

Died: Sept 2011.

England Indoor International. 86 goals in 43 intls.

Known as “The Hitman”.

Ian Barratt  1946 - 2011

Pictured top left. 

Freddie Martin and Denys Shortt reflected on Ian's life:

Ian was a larger than life character and formed many lasting friendships within the hockey fraternity.  His father recognised his son’s talent and in 1963 aged 17 Ian joined Hounslow.  Playing mainly at outside left Ian soon made it into the 1st XI and went on to captain the side for 2 years in the mid 70’s. 

He was a regular with the Ladykillers side playing against the Services sides, University sides and also at the annual Folkestone Easter hockey festival.  He played many times for Middlesex and was a member of the side which won the county championship in 1977.  

It was his outstanding indoor international career for which Ian will be best remembered.   With David Barker at Hounslow he forged such a great partnership that they became the first choice pairing for the England Indoor side for a number of years.  He was the main short corner striker for England in late 70's and scored a record 86 goals in 43 internationals. His goal tally has only ever been surpassed by one other England player.
Pat Rowley called him 'The Sean Kerly of Indoor Hockey' and David Wiggins said he was "he foremost exponent at taking penalty corners and penalty strokes."

In recent years Ian moved to Aberdeen to be nearer his family.  He has been cremated in the Philippines and his request that his ashes be scattered in the North Sea will be carried out by his family at a private ceremony. 

He is survived by sons Matthew (Philippines) and Laurence (Aberdeen) and by his two daughters Georgia and Maxine who live in Amsterdam.  Our thoughts are with them at this time.   

The England Hockey would like to thank Freddie Martin, Denys Shortt, Pat Rowley and Maurice Kittrell who have helped to bring this piece together.