Prescot Hockey Club has had an illustrious history and a key part of that history has been the players. From the BICC Sports Club Hockey Section through to the modern day Prescot Hockey Club, the members and the players have made the Club what it is today. To celebrate our long-serving and in some cases long-suffering players we have created a Club Legends page, a Hockey Hall of Fame which will hopefully grow to a long list of names over the years to come.
Prescot is a very open and friendly club, however this Hall of Fame is a very exclusive club. To qualify as a Club Legend you need a minimum 25 year unbroken playing career. No simple ask when you consider clubs come and go, players move on, people lose interest, teams get relegated or a multitude of other reasons to leave. However the following players are true Prescot Hockey Club Legends...
Mel who joined from local rivals St. Helens at a time when both clubs were on the up. From an early stage with Prescot she was keen to mix it and lead from the front.
Mel has driven the ladies section on with her winning mentality and has had her for share of battles on the pitch over the years…winning all of them!
Mel has been a long standing captain and committee member helping out from start to finish at tournaments, junior training as well as putting full shifts in for the ladies ones, twos and threes!
As a club person and committee member Mel has always fought the ladies corner at meetings and has been a great colleague to have on the committee….even if we don’t agree on everything!
Not too sure how many goals (or yellow cards) she amassed but I’m sure will be up the with the best. I know she’s represented north in the masters but a few less injuries I’m sure she would have done the same at open age. Having played many a mixed game with her I can vouch she’s definitely a Prescot made player through and through and someone id sooner play with rather than against.
It’s fair to say Mel has made a massive contribution to Prescot over the years and has contributed to many Lancashire cup wins, promotions and was instrumental in the move from Lancashire to the much tougher Manchester League. Recently, Mel has quite rightly been selected to play for the North of England masters the last two seasons with competitive games all over the UK.
Dave joined from Hightown as a quality mobile centre forward/ right wing. This coincided with his role at Prescot Comp where he encouraged 5th year students to give Hockey a go!
He brought in Mike Johno, Heyzy, Si Ho, Burt to name a few round to PHC.
On the pitch Dave was always one of the first names on the team sheet in what was a quality Prescot team. You knew every week what you would get from him - hard work, goals and a motivator for the younger players coming through.
A bad facial injury back in the mid 90s could well have seen the last of him with his stick at Prescot, but back he came and is still going at the young age of 60! He recently scored against St Helens making him our oldest league goals scorer!
Dave played for Prescot first team for over thirty seasons scoring many goals as a speedy centre forward or winger. In later years he dropped into defence and left his mark on many an opposition player. More recently Dave has played mens 2s, vets and vintage hockey for Prescot. He shows no signs of slowing down!
Most of you will know Gary as the friendly face of Prescot…welcoming opposition players with warm smile before skilfully knocking them about all over the pitch.
Gary has played every season for Prescot since 1993 and at every level in the club. He will be the first person to put his hand up if a lower team needed a player or even drop himself to umpire when required. This selfless attitude makes Gary a stand out person for the teams he plays in and as a club person who can umpire, coach and play. Even a heart attack couldn’t keep him away from the Club!
Over many seasons I’ve had the privilege of playing on the left side with Gary and watched in awe as he’s dismantled an opposition right winger with his skill and Huyton charm! Seriously, he’s one of the best players I’ve played with and definitely the most reliable.
Gary now enjoys vets and vintage hockey as well as helping the new juniors in the men's 2s.
Jan first came to Prescot Hockey Club as part of the initial Prescot Ladies section set up by club president Alan Clarkin in the late 1980s. Initially playing friendlies and helping out as a ‘ball girl’ at the major Inter-League finals and internationals hosted at Prescot back in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Jan was key member of the first Ladies squad and went on to captain the ladies for almost twenty years which is a phenomenal achievement. Over the years Jan has captained the Prescot Ladies to numerous League, Cup and Tournament wins including seven Lancashire Cups, five Lancashire League titles and more recently the Greater Manchester League.
Jan continues to play and is a key member of the ladies squad for both first and second teams.
Mike ‘Jonno’ Johnson
Having first picked a hockey stick at school as a 15 year old, ‘Johno' would go on to be one of the longest serving mens first team captains in the club’s history. Initially, Mike played for the ‘fighting thirds’ under Tony Gill and Gordon Worrall. Their no nonsense approach to tackling soon rubbed off on a teenage Johno who was soon picking up his fair share of yellow cards, a trait that continues to this day!! After winning Prescot 2's player of the year in 1989 Mike was picked for the first team in 1990 and has been a key member of the Prescot first team ever since. Playing alongside the Dysons, Dave Holme, Andy Lear, Gary Foster and other influential senior players in the 1990s Johno took on the mantle of first team captain in 1993.
Over the years Mike’s commitment to the cause and putting his body on the line has seen various injuries but he’s been a lynchpin in the first team for over 25 years.
Paul ‘Heyzy’ Heyes
Mr dependable Paul Heyes joined Prescot at the same time as Mike Johnson, Simon Ho, Graham Burton and Picky. Having picked up a stick for the first time during a P.E. session with Dave Holme at Prescot School ‘Heyzy’ became a regular in the ‘fighting thirds’.
After progressing under the thirds captain Gordon Worrall, Heyzy was soon playing league hockey with the 2's in the early 1990s. After a couple of great seasons with the 2's Paul was promoted to the first team playing in the NW Division one for over a decade alongside school pal Mike Johnson.
In his thirties and early forties Paul Heyes played his best hockey at Prescot in defence or holding midfielder and many an attacking opposition forward has come off second best when taking on Heyzy in a fifty fifty challenge!
With the odd guest appearance for the seconds and now the Vets team, Heyzy has been a stalwart at Prescot since 1987 and long may it continue.