Barbara Rylands

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It is with great sadness that England Hockey reports the death of Barbara Rylands, who died on 31 December aged 90.  Barbara was an outstanding player, coach & administrator at all levels of the game and will be fondly remembered by all who knew her.

Barbara had an impressive international record, playing for England from 1952-60 and again in 1965, gaining 56 caps and scoring 5 goals. She was captain in 1958-60 and 1965.  She attended three IFWHA World Tournaments in 1953, 56 and 59 and toured with England to South Africa in 1954 and South Africa/USA in 1961. 

She continued to be fully involved in hockey after retiring from playing and became an honorary Advanced Coach and a B Umpire. Working tirelessly for her County (Lancashire) and Territory (North) Barbara took on many demanding roles including the Presidency of both. She will be remembered as a commanding and skilful player, a successful and hardworking coach and administrator and someone who was liked and admired by all.

Barbara’s funeral is to be held at St James Church, Arnside, Lancashire at 2pm on Friday 15 Jan, 2016. 

As part of the announcement there was a request for family flowers only but donations can be made, if desired, for two of her favoured Charities, Cancer Care and National Trust (North West), c/o Fishwicks, Beetham Hall, Milnthorpe. LA7 7BQ 015395 63108.

Barbara’s host of nephews, nieces, and still later great nephews and nieces are pulling together a montage and discovering that her innate modesty hid the fullness of her life experiences and the beacon of what can be done with a will and sense of adventure.