We help out the Hockey Club
Rick Thornton has been researching the history of the Sudbury Hockey Club for its' Centenary Brochure. We were able to come to the rescue with the information. From the Suffolk Free Press November 24th 2005, comes this little snippet
Just a little earlier perhaps?
COUNTLESS hours looking at microfiche files in the Suffolk Records Office left Rick grateful for the rare opportunity to use a search engine... only for that to raise a query about the exact starting date of Sudbury Hockey Club.
"We began the work on the assumption that we had started in 1905. I looked at 1904 in the records and didn't find anything."
"Then someone told me Foxearth had a thriving historical society, so I looked at their website. I typed in 'Sudbury Hockey Club' and a lot of information came up.
"I found that in 1901 the club had been asked to give a demonstration at Haverhill, so we had to go back earlier than we had anticipated."
"In, 1902 and 1903 there was a lot of hockey, in the records, but nothing in 1904."
The exact origins of the club are far from certain. "We have a pretty good idea that it started as a match between pupils and old boys at the grammar school. The headmaster Revd Norman Dale instigated that."
"It's a good bet that the club started like that, but we don't really know. They probably played for a while before they thought of putting reports into the paper."