Peter Lambert and John Whitehead

In a sad week for the hockey family we have to report the passing of two stalwarts from the East, Peter Lambert and John Whitehead who both died last week.

Peter Lambert umpired in the then National Hockey League in its inaugural season in 1988-89. He progressed to international level in 1989 and was a well respected umpire within the game. When he hung up his whistle he became an umpire manager, again at international level, until 2006. He also returned to his roots at Peterborough Town Hockey Club where he had started out as a goalkeeper and took on many roles with the club which was reformed as City of Peterborough HC. In addition, he was the venue manager of the Sports Club facility.  He was the first chairman of the East Regional Hockey Umpires Association and oversaw the smooth merger of men’s and women’s umpiring in the East.  

Peter's funeral will be held on Thursday 25 October at North Bretton Crematorium, Peterborough PE6 7JE at 12.30 pm followed by a celebration of his life at Peterborough Town Sports Club.

John Whitehead is another former FIH badged umpire, including officiating at the 1974 European Championships in Madrid. This was achieved whilst a member of the Southern Counties Hockey Umpires Association. He moved to Cambridgeshire in the 1980s and continued to umpire within the East region. He was chairman of the Cambridgeshire Hockey Umpires Association for a number of years. More latterly John had been a club umpire at Royston HC before finally retiring in 2010.

A service for John will take place in the West Chapel of Cambridge Crematorium, Huntingdon Rd, Cambridge CB3 0JJ, on Monday 15th October at 12 noon

England Hockey sends it condolences to the family and friends of Peter and John.