Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games – England’s team histories

England play Scotland at the Investec London Cup

There’s just a week to go before over seventy nations descend on Scotland and Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. We’ve taken a look at how England’s hockey teams have performed in the past, to give you an idea of how we might do this time around. 

The Hockey events will take place at the new Glasgow National Hockey Centre, starting on the 24 July and finishing on the 3 August. England’s men will face Malaysia, New Zealand Canada and Trinidad and Tobago, while England’s women will go up against Australia, Malaysia, Wales and Scotland.

Men
England’s only medal was awarded to them in 1998 when they won bronze after beating India on penalty strokes following a 1-1 draw. In 2006 and 2010 England narrowly missed out on more bronze medals and had to settle with fourth place twice after defeats from Malaysia and New Zealand. England are on good form however, placing 4th at the recent Rabobank Hockey World Cup. They’ve got to look out for Australia, who are sitting firmly at the top of the World Ranking table and have won every Commonwealth Games title to date since hockey was introduced in 1998. India came closest to defeating them in the most recent games, but lost in the final by a staggering 8 goals to nil.

Women
England’s women have won a medal at every Commonwealth Games they have attended, but are yet to win a gold. The closest they came was in 2002 when they lost to India in the final in extra time, and they won silver in 1998 after losing to finalists Australia 8-1. 2006 and 2010 saw England accept bronze medals as a result of victories over New Zealand (’06) and South Africa (’10) in the 3rd and 4th play offs. Again, Australia hold the most impressive record in the games, winning 3 of 4 gold medals, with only India beating them in the 2002 meeting. 

Of course, history doesn’t always repeat itself in terms of England’s success, but both of our teams are backed up by their experience: 13 players across the teams have played in a Commonwealth Games before, so they know what they’ll need to do to bring home the gold.

You can watch all of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on the BBC, and you can read the men’s and women’s schedules in our International Fixtures section. How do you think England’s teams will do this year? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook!