Field Hockey in History

Events in Sport

  • 1886-01-18 Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England
  • 1948-08-12 Indian maestro Balbir Singh Dosanjh scores twice as India beats Great Britain 4-0 for the field hockey gold medal at the London Olympics; India's 4th consecutive Olympic hockey title
  • 1956-12-06 Randhir Singh Gentle scores the winner as India beats Pakistan, 1-0 in the Melbourne Olympics field hockey final to win it's 6th consecutive gold medal in the sport
  • 1960-09-09 Pakistan ends India's run of 6 consecutive Olympic field hockey gold medals with a 1-0 win over their sub-continent rivals at the Rome Games
  • 1968-10-25 Longest Olympic field hockey game, The Netherlands beats Spain 1-0 in 2h25m (6 OT)
  • 1972-09-10 West Germany beats Pakistan 1-0 to become first European nation since 1920 to win the field hockey Olympic title; marred by disgraceful behaviour of Pakistani players, fans & officials after losing the Munich final
  • 1973-09-02 Netherlands win their first men’s hockey World Cup, 4-2 on penalties over India in Amstelveen, Netherlands
  • 1992-08-08 Germany goes through the field hockey competition undefeated to win gold with a 2-1 win over Australia in the men's final at the Barcelona Olympics
  • 2004-08-26 Germany wins its first ever Olympic women's field hockey gold medal with a 2-1 win against the Netherlands in Athens
  • 2004-08-27 Australia wins its first ever Olympic men's field hockey gold medal with a 2-1 win a.e.t. against the Netherlands in Athens
  • 2016-08-19 Great Britain upsets the heavily favoured Netherlands to win the women's field hockey gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after drawing 3-3 in regulation time; win dramatic penalty shootout, 2-0

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1902-06-04 Richard Allen, Indian field hockey goal tender (Olympic gold 1928), born in Nagpur, India (d. 1969)
  • 1904-09-09 Feroze Khan, Pakistani field hockey player (d. 2005)
  • 1905-08-29 Dhyan Chand, Indian field hockey player (Olympic gold 1928, 1932, 1936; birthday 29/8 celebrated as India's National Sports Day), born in Allahabad, India (d. 1979)
  • 1919-01-19 Dharam Singh, India, field hockey player (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1920-03-15 Ranganandhan Francis, India, field hockey (Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56)
  • 1922-06-01 Lala Abdul Rashid, Pakistani field hockey goalkeeper (Olympic gold 1960), born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan (d. 1988)
  • 1925-01-18 Roepie Kruize, Dutch field hockey player (Olympic-Bronze-48/Silver-52), born in Heemstede, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1927-03-25 Leslie Claudius, India, field hockey (Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56)
  • 1928-08-04 Udham Singh, India, field hockey player (Olympic gold 1952, 56, 64), born in Sansarpur, India (d. 2000)
  • 1929-10-19 Balbir Singh Snr., Indian field hockey centre forward (Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56) and coach (World Cup gold 1975), born in Haripur Khalsa, India (d. 2020)
  • 1932-10-26 Chinadorai Deshmutu, Indian field hockey player (1952 Olympics)
  • 1939-09-08 Carsten Keller, German field hockey player (Olympic gold 1972), born in Berlin
  • 1944-11-20 Anthea Stewart, Zimbabwean field hockey coach and player (Olympic gold 1980), born in Blantyre, Nyasaland
  • 1946-10-04 André Bolhuis, Dutch field hockey player, coach and administrator (World Cup gold 1973; president Dutch Field Hockey Federation; chairman Dutch Olympic Committee), born in Zeist, Netherlands
  • 1949-05-15 Wendy Pritchard, Australian women's field hockey team manager (Olympics 1996)
  • 1950-08-24 Frank Murray, Australian field hockey national coach (Olympic silver 1992, 96)
  • 1951-08-13 Gwen Cheeseman, American field hockey goalie (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1951-11-13 Beth Anders, American field hockey sweeper (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania
  • 1952-02-06 Richard Charsworth, Australian women field hockey head coach (Olympics 1996), born in Subiaco, Australia
  • 1955-05-21 Paul Barber, British field hockey player
  • 1955-10-15 Kulbir Bhaura, British field hockey player (Olympic gold 1988), born in Jalandhar, Punjab, India
  • 1957-06-03 Horst-Ulrich Hänel, German field hockey player, born in Plau am See, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
  • 1957-12-05 Charlene Morett, American field hockey left wing (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Darby, Pennsylvania
  • 1959-12-25 Chris Spice, Australian field hockey coach (Olympics 1996)
  • 1961-02-01 Volker Fried, German field hockey player (Olympic gold 1992; silver 1984, 88; 290 caps), born in Osnabrück, Niedersachsen, Germany
  • 1961-08-03 Ken Wark, Australian field hockey fullback (Olympic 4th/silver-88, 92, 96), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1961-10-09 Arlene Boxall, Zimbabwean field hockey player (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1962-02-12 Jimmy Kirkwood, Irish-born field hockey player, born in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
  • 1962-03-13 Liane Tooth, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1962-09-15 Patricia "Patty" Shea, Belmont NY, field hockey goalie (Olympics 1996)
  • 1962-11-28 Karen Marsden, field hockey goalie (Olympics 1996), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1963-01-24 Martyn Grimley, English field hockey player, born in Halifax, United Kingdom
  • 1964-04-28 Mark Hager, Australian field hockey forward/capt (Olympic 4th 1988, 96)
  • 1964-10-29 Jackie Pereira, field hockey center/forward (Olympics 1996), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1966-08-26 Jacques Brinkman, Dutch field hockey player
  • 1966-09-25 Elizabeth "Liz" Tchou, American field hockey defender (Olympics 1996), born in Medford, New Jersey
  • 1967-04-11 Lachlan Dreher, Australian field hockey goal keeper (Olympic silver 1992, 96), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1967-04-24 Pamela Bustin, American field hockey defender (Olympics 1996), born in Somerset, Massachusetts
  • 1967-05-30 Rechelle Hawkes, Albany W Aust, field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996)
  • 1967-08-31 Diane Madl, Mountain Top PA, field hockey forward/midfielder (Olympics 1996)
  • 1967-10-16 Michael York, Australian field hockey fullback (Olympic silver 1992, 96)
  • 1967-11-05 Steve Wagner, field hockey goalkeeper (Olympics 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1968-03-05 Marq Mellor, field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1968-04-26 Ahmed Elmaghraby, American field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in Suez, Egypt
  • 1968-08-09 Jay Stacy, Aust field hockey midfielder (Olympic 4th/silver-88, 92, 96)
  • 1968-10-27 Antoinette Lucas, American field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Crozier, Virginia
  • 1968-11-23 John O'Neill, American field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1969-05-31 Juliet Haslam, Australian hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Adelaide
  • 1969-06-07 Lachlan Elmer, Australian field hockey halfback (Olympic silver 1992, 96)
  • 1969-06-08 Laurel Martin, Hummelstown PA, field hockey forward (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969-07-24 Steve Jennings, field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1969-07-25 Andrea Wieland, American field hockey goaltender (Olympics 1996), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1969-08-27 Steven Van Randwijck, field hockey player (Olympics 1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1969-10-12 Alison Peek, Australian field hockey halfback and midfielder (Olympics gold 2000), born in Australia
  • 1970-02-26 Ben Maruquin, American field hockey sweeper (Olympics 1996), born in Ventura, California
  • 1970-03-16 Kelli James, Medford NJ, field hockey forward (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970-05-01 Damon Diletti, Australian field hockey goal keeper (Olympic silver 1992; Champions Trophy gold 1999), born in Perth, West Australia
  • 1970-05-25 Danni Roche, Australian field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1970-06-19 Claire Mitchell-Taverner, Australian field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970-07-08 Lisa Powell, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1970-07-24 Philip Sykes, field hockey defender (Olympics 1996), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1970-10-26 Tom Vano, field hockey goalkeeper (Olympics 1996), born in Plainfield, New Jersey
  • 1970-11-07 Kris[ten] Fillat, field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in San Diego, California
  • 1971-01-16 Scott Williams,American field hockey defender (Olympics 1996), born in Orange County, California
  • 1971-02-25 Nova Peris, field hockey left halfback (Olympics 1996), born in Darwin, Australia
  • 1971-04-20 Grant Smith, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in Canberra, Australia
  • 1971-09-18 Kate Starre, Armadale Australia, field hockey utility (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971-11-19 Michelle Andrews, Newcastle NSW Aust, field hockey striker (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972-02-24 Larry Amar, Camarillo California, field hockey midfielder/captain (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972-03-14 Clover Maitland, Australian field hockey goal keeper (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972-03-15 Steve Danielson, field hockey defender (Olympics 1996), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1972-04-08 Katrina Powell, Australian field hockey striker (Olympics 1996), born in Canberra Australia
  • 1972-05-30 Renita Farrell, Townsville Qld Aust, field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972-09-01 Louise Dobson, Shepparton Aust, field hockey fullback (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972-09-20 Jenny Morris, Maryborough Australia, field hockey fullback (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972-10-19 Otto Steffers, field hockey defender (Olympics 1996), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1972-12-06 Brendan Garard, Australian field hockey halfback (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973-06-21 Alyson Annan, Australian field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1973-11-20 Matthew Smith, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1973-12-14 Eelco Wassenaar, American field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996)
  • 1974-01-25 Daniel Sproule, Australian field hockey halfback (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1974-02-28 Katie Allen, Australian field hockey full back/half back (Olympics 1996)
  • 1974-06-22 Mark Wetges, field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Walnut Creek, California
  • 1975-02-26 Cindy Werley, American field hockey player (Olympics 1996), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • 1975-03-04 Myrna Veenstra, Dutch field hockey player
  • 1975-05-29 Bianca Langham, Australian field hockey fullback/halfback (Olympic-96)
  • 1975-08-12 Paul Gaudoin, Australian field hockey halfback (Olympics 1996)
  • 1976-03-04 Thierry Renaer, Belgian field hockey player
  • 1976-04-14 Baedon Choppy, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in Mackay, Australia
  • 1976-05-07 Nicholas Butcher, field hockey midfielder/forward (Olympics 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1976-07-06 Nikki Mott, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics 1996)
  • 1979-01-30 Karen Smith, Australian hockey player (Olympics 1996)

Deaths in Sport

  • 1979-12-03 Dhyan Chand, Indian field hockey player (Olympic gold 1928, 1932, 1936; birthday 29/8 celebrated as India's National Sports Day), dies at 74
  • 1984-02-03 Anne Townsend, lacrosse/tennis/field hockey star, dies
  • 2007-06-22 Erik Parlevliet, Dutch field hockey player (b. 1964)