Club History & Officers

Worthing Hockey Club has a long history, dating back to our launch in 1896. We are one of the seven founder members of the Sussex County Hockey Association in 1899, and have enjoyed considerable success over the years.

We are proud of our club and its affiliations to both Sussex Hockey Association and England Hockey.

Founded in 1896, for much of the club’s history, it was based at the Manor Sports Ground by the A24 going into Worthing. With 5 grass pitches outside the clubhouse, WHC thrived as one of the top clubs in Sussex and the South of England. As astroturf hockey took over, the club base stayed at the Manor with home matches at St.Andrews, Durrington and Angmering Schools. In 2018 WHC merged with Penguin Mens Hockey Club and began its search for a new permanent home with pitch and clubhouse together. Today the club’s HQ is at The Angmering School, and boasts an astroturf for home games and training, and on-site changing and catering and bar facilities. Our member-funded clubhouse was opened in March 2019 provides a stunning pitchside location to comfortably watch games and host social events.

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Club Officers 2020/21

Chairman : John HerbertSecretary : Sharon Price
Mens Club Captain : Ian PennyLadies Club Captain : Michaela Holmes
Membership Secretary : Abigail WentFixture Secretary : Sheri Halfacree
Umpire Co-ordinator : John BarronSocial Secretary : Craig Burley
Covid 19 Officer : Debbie WebbClub Development : Rex Fuller
Clubhouse Manager : Steven Bird

Club Presidents and Club Captains

YearPresidentYearClub Captain
1896 – circa 01F.B O’Neill1962 – 74Horace Grostate
1901 – 20L.W. Head / B. Collett1977 – 78Fred Chorley
1920 – 25J K Mathews1978 – 84Cliff Mitchell
1925 – 26H P Brazier1984 – 86Richard Edmondson
1926 – 33A C Evans1986 – 90Harry Cahill
1933 – 36Dr H.D. McCall1990 – 94John Massie (Snr)
1936 – 47G B Bennett1994 – 96Charlie Horton
1947 – 56Tom Clifford1996 – 98 Robin Carr
1956 – 68Stanley Green1998 – 02Colin Dand
1968 – 74Don Spark2002 – 05Simon Holloway
1974 – 78Dick Brown2005 – 08Bob Catlow
1978 – 84Gerry Beasley2008 – 10John Massie (Jnr) 
1984 – 91Paddy Selman2010 – 11John Massie (Jnr) / Claire Wadey
1991 – 01John Fox2011 – 12Rob Warner / Vanessa Green
2001 – 04Ann Quittenton2012 – 13Rob Warner / Kirsty Pickett
2004 – 08Robin Carr2013 – 16John Herbert / Andrea Catlow
2008 – 12Bob Catlow2016 – 17John Herbert / Michelle Payne
2012 – 15David Turner2017 – 19 John Herbert / Michaela Holmes
2015 – 17Kathy Minchell2019 – 20 Robin Melvin  / Michaela Holmes
2017 – PresentJohn Herbert2020 – PresentIan Penny / Michaela Holmes