Grantham Hockey Club

History

The club has been in existence for over 100 years – since 18 Sep 1907 when the Grantham and District Hockey Club was formed. Subscriptions were 5 shillings a year. At first, a mixed team was fielded and games were played on Thursdays with the home ground being located next to London Road, Grantham.

Newspaper entry from 1907 featuring Grantham & District Hockey Club

The first game was played against Newark on 7 Nov 1907 and ended in a draw. Other games that year were played against Sleaford, Navenby and Aslockton. By 1911, Grantham regularly fielded ladies and men’s teams travelling as far as Ilkeston.

By the 1950’s Grantham’s home ground had moved to RAF Spitalgate (now Prince William of Gloucester Barracks) located some two miles outside of Grantham adjoining the main A52 road.

In the 1960’s Grantham moved its home ground to Knipton in the Vale of Belvoir, Leicestershire. By the late 1970s, the club fielded four men’s sides and two ladies sides with two mixed teams playing in the midweek floodlit league at Newark.

As hockey moved from playing on grass to all weather surfaces Grantham moved its home games to the Bingham Leisure Centre and finally settled at Grantham Meres Leisure Centre.

Grantham Ladies have a long history of playing hockey in Grantham with match reports of games against Stamford and Sherwood being included in the Grantham Journal in 1903. Hockey Club has been playing at Meres Leisure Centre for more than 10 years, ever since the centre opened. With the onset of the change of playing surfaces, it was recognised that we would have to move with the times, or get left behind.

So we left our lovely club house in Knipton, and began playing in earnest at Bingham Leisure Centre. The ladies team has had a strong relationship with the Lincolnshire Green League and their first season on astroturf proved difficult. Some sound advice from Alford HC was that we needed to change our game completely if we were going to survive.

We knew that we were making improvements, when we defeated Long Sutton 1-0, heady times!! 
Since then, the Ladies made the difficult decision to leave the Green League and try our luck in the Leicestershire and Rutland Hockey League.

The quality of teams were quite different and we had a bit of learning curve before we became more successful. The Ladies have since moved back to the Lincolnshire league for the 2011/12 season.

Grantham Hockey Club – friendly, welcoming Lincolnshire hockey club