A breakdown of the Great Britain Men's Field Hockey team

A Breakdown of the Great Britain Men’s Field Hockey team

Credited with bringing the modern game of field hockey to nearly four corners of the globe, Great Britain Field hockey has a special place in the history of the game. The men’s field hockey sport is very much alive today with a flourishing league and a wide selection of talented players.

The men’s team first won Olympic gold in 1920 at the Antwerp games but had to wait more than 60 years to emulate that achievement at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.

The only Scot in the GB field hockey team, Alan Forsyth is arguably the golden boy and sharp shooter of the squad with 102 goals in 88 appearances. Playing for Surbiton, the forward’s father was coacj of the Scottish team so hockey has always been in his blood. Alan was a key player of the Scotland squad that competed at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and helped them to EuroHockey Champions II gold in 2017.

After making his debut for Scotland at 20 years old in 2012, Alan’s talent for scoring earned him a first call-up to play for Great Britain in 2015 and he straight away found the target on his debut against Argentina.

Currently, the most capped player Adam Dixon is seen as one of the best players of his generation. Dixon was appointed as captain of England and Great Britain in 2019 and is hoping to lead the latter to a first Olympic medal since Seoul ’88 when the team head to Tokyo in 2020. Adam is only one of two members (the other being Ashley Jackson) of the team that famously won European gold with England in 2009 and still playing at international level. He is know among squad players as being consistently reliable.

The men’s Great Britain field hockey eam has a Head Coach, two assistant coaches, dedicated goalkeeping coaches, a team manager, a strength & conditioning specialist and physiotherapists.Both the women’s and men’s squads share a nutritionist, doctor psychologist and interestingly a Performance Lifestyle Advisor. The men’s and women’s teams are overseen at the top level by Great Britain Hockey
Performance Director Ed Barney. Danny Kerry is Head Coach of the men’s team

Ones to Watch

Sam Ward broke into the International side in 2014 and immediately set a name for himself for his scoring prowess in the circle. Always a vital scorer from both open play and penalty corners, Sam has established himself as one of the deadliest forwards in world hockey and scored eight times in the inaugural FIH Pro League after missing the 2018 World Cup through injury. With 72 goals in 67 appearances the figures speak for themselves. The 31 year old will be hoping to add to his tally in the Tokyo Olympics.

Rhys Smith: is a talented player in the fold, known for his agile displays from midfield and highly skillful displays. At 24 years old there should be many entertaining displays from him to come at the Olympics and with the resumption of the FIH Pro League.

A breakdown of the Great Britain Men's Field Hockey team
Rhys Smith of Great Britain

 

Men                                                                                                   Caps    GB    TOT   Goals    GB      TOT

5 David Ames Holcombe Midfielder                                             45     48        93         3         1       4
21 Liam Ansell East Grinstead Forward                                      29     14         43        6         7     13
31 Will Calnan Hampstead & Westminster Forward              16      18         34        3         2        5
22 David Condon East Grinstead Midfielder                            115     61       176     17         9      26
18 Brendan Creed Surbiton Defender                                         45      29         74
16 Adam Dixon Beeston Defender                                            174      97        271    12        9       21
33 Jacob Draper Hampstead & Westminster Defender         45        8           53
7 Alan Forsyth Surbiton Forward                                                138     44        182    83       19   102
26 James Gall Surbiton Midfielder                                                44      34          78      3          1         4
2 Harry Gibson Surbiton GK                                                            41      77
14 Mark Gleghorne Holcombe Defender                                  112      52       164      35       11    46
10 Chris Griffiths East Grinstead Forward                                  61      42       103      11       12     23
17 Ashley Jackson Old Georgians Midfielder                           136    114      250       88       49   137
9 Harry Martin Hampstead & Westminster Midfielder        128      99        227      12         5     17
1 George Pinner Old Georgians GK                                             128      65       193
15 Phil Roper Wimbledon Midfielder                                            57   144         17       17        34
27 Liam Sanford Old Georgians, RAF Defender                         42      18         60
11 Ian Sloan Wimbledon Midfielder                                              53      53       106         3          2       5
30 Rhys Smith Wimbledon Midfielder                                            5        6          11
29 Tom Sorsby Surbiton Midfielder                                                 8     18          26
3 Luke Taylor Surbiton Defender                                                    19     15         34          3          7     10
32 Zach Wallace Surbiton Midfielder                                            19      23         42          2          4       6
25 Jack Waller Wimbledon Defender                                            18      25          43
13 Sam Ward Old Georgians Forward                                           59      67       126       45      27      72
6 Henry Weir Wimbledon Defender                                             116     66        182         3         3       6
4 Ollie Willars Beeston Defender                                                    99      39       138          2        1       3

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