Mary Eyre: 1923-2013

It is with great sadness that England Hockey reports the death of Mary Eyre, MBE, who died in hospital on Thursday 7 November aged 89.

Mary was one of the greats of women’s hockey in the mid 20th Century; not only did she play for England 16 times between 1945 and 1951, scoring 17 goals, but she was also a long standing international umpire, West President, coach, teacher and administrator. Awarded an MBE in 2006 for services to sport, Mary always got a great deal of enjoyment out of helping people get the most out of sport.

Her many years of service to Cheltenham, East Gloucester HC, Gloucestershire, the West and AEWHA are remembered fondly by those she worked with. Mary came from a sporting family, both her mother and aunt also played hockey for England, and she also played cricket to representative level and tennis at the Wimbledon Championships.

A funeral service will be held at 12.30pm on Wednesday 20 November at St Mary’s Church, Mill Street, Prestbury, Cheltenham, GL52 3BQ. An obituary and further details of the day will be posted on the Gloucestershire HA website as soon as they are available.