Melvyn Pignon nee Hickey 1930 2016

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It is with great sadness that England Hockey has to report the death of Melvyn Pignon who died aged 86 on September 4th.

Melvyn was probably the best known player of her era, representing England from 1954 when she played at the IFWHA World Tournament in Australia, through to 1967. She was a colourful character and as a speedy and skilful winger she was an inspiration to many youngsters. Melvyn went on to win 62 caps and had the honour of being appointed England captain for the 1966 & 67 seasons.

At the end of her playing days she married Laurie Pignon, the renowned Tennis correspondent, but she continued to write extensively on hockey and was President and a lifelong supporter on her club, Wimbledon LHC, until very recently. A full obituary on Melvyn’s fascinating life and contribution to hockey are on the news page on The Hockey Museum website. http://www.hockeymuseum.net/index.php/news/118-2016-news-items/287-melvyn-pignon-nee-hickey-1930-2016

The funeral will be held on Thursday Sept. 29th at St Mary’s Church, Sunbury at 1pm & afterwards at The Magpie Hotel.