I am delighted to announce that Havant Hockey club member Stephen Downham has become Hampshire Chairman on the retirement of Mike Ward at the recent Hampshire AGM. Stephen and indeed his family have been long term and much valued members of our club and I could not be more pleased that a member of Havant has taken the top job in Hampshire Hockey.
Stephen first played for Havant in 1968 as a goalkeeper, whilst at school. He played soccer at school and also played hockey when the opportunity arose. Having left school Stephen played soccer for Emsworth in the Sussex Premier league, but in a cup match had his ankle broken and to recover his sister, who played for Havant ladies, suggested he came for a runout with the mixed run by Gwynedd Davies. In the first season he played left back in front of a young keeper (Bill Jones). As a frequent scorer he then played up front where he played much of his club hockey.
Over time he played for every men's team in the club, in every position. Following a back injury playing in Holland, he had to stop playing, so took up the whistle and has been umpiring for the County for over 14 years . He has recently been coaching umpires and this season has been appointed a few times for NUPA as match delegate for both East and West Conference games ( Men and Women) .
Historically Stephen first joined the Hampshire committee about 1982, when Mike Ward was President . Peter Coote was also on the Hampshire committee in those days. Between 1982 and 1992 Stephen was County Secretary and for part of that time he was also County Treasurer. All this was before the men and women merged. More recently he joined the County committee in 2009 and since 2011 has served as Chris Bond's Deputy as County Discipline Officer. During all this time Stephen has held several club positions, some more than once, including Club Captain and Secretary.
Chris PickettClub Chairman