Surbiton Quintet to Relive European Victory

Five members of England’s gold medal winning European Cup team will get their hands on the prestigious trophy again this weekend when it makes a stop at England Hockey League Premier Division club Surbiton on the third leg of its popular Trophy Tour.

England's Ben Hawes in action against Germany at the EuroHockey Nations Championships, 30 August 2009The tour is taking place in celebration of England winning the men’s EuroHockey Nations Championships for the very first time this summer and Surbiton has plenty of reason to celebrate the success of its England quintet.  Richard Alexander, Matt Daly, Ben Hawes, Rob Moore and James Tindall all played key roles in the Netherlands in August, with Alexander, Moore and Tindall scoring during the nine day tournament.

Speaking ahead of the trophy visit, timed to coincide with the team’s first home game of the season against league new boys Exeter University, Matt Daly says that he and his teammates are pleased that Surbiton and its supporters will get to see the silverware up close: “We all owe a lot to the club and our teammates for supporting us in our international careers and this will be a great chance to say thank you to everyone.”

With supporters and local families being encouraged to come along and pose for photos with the trophy, Daly will likely have a busy afternoon both on and off the pitch: “Signing autographs and having our photos taken with the next generation of Surbiton players will be a great pleasure.  Who knows, some of them might be following us into international hockey one day.”

James Tindall in action for England against Austria at the EuroHockey Nations Championships, August 2009And that is a hope that England Hockey’s Commercial and Membership Director Mark Armitage shares with Daly: “The team’s victory in the Netherlands was England’s best result in an international tournament in nearly 90 years and the team are delighted to be able to share that success with their clubs, team mates and local supporters,” he says.

"With five members of the winning squad playing their hockey at Surbiton, the club can quite rightly feel great pride in the part it has played in the success of the national team.

“The Trophy Tour presents a great opportunity for young hockey players in particular to come and see the trophy and watch top athletes such as Ben, James, Richard, Matt and Rob in action.  Hopefully it will inspire them to success in their own hockey careers.”

England won the EuroHockey Nations Championships in the Netherlands, after a heroic 5-3 victory over rivals Germany in the final.  In the late August sunshine in Amstelveen, England roared back from 3-2 down to win the European title for the very first time in its 39 year history.

The Trophy Tour will be at Sugden Road, Thames Ditton, Surbiton, Surrey from 15:00 on Saturday 3 October.

The Trophy Tour schedule is as follows:

Date - Match Time - Venue - Match
Saturday 3 Oct. - 16:00 - Surbiton HC - Surbiton v Exeter University
Saturday 10 Oct. - 13:30 - Cannock HC - Cannock v Bowdon
Sunday 18 Oct. - 12:15 - Bowdon HC - Bowdon v Exeter University
Saturday 24 Oct. - 18:00 - Loughborough Students HC - Loughborough Students v Surbiton
Saturday 31 Oct. - 14:00 - Beeston HC - Beeston v Reading
Sunday 1 Nov. - All Day - Cannock HC - EH Futures Cup