History of Finchfield Hockey Club 1958-2008
In 1958 three young players, David Hughes, Philip White and Alan Hughes formed Finchfield
Hockey Club as they felt there were insufficient opportunities for them locally.
In those days there was no league hockey and obtaining suitable fixtures was one
of the biggest challenges. The club's first pitch was on Bantock Park.
In its second season Finchfield HC had an influx of players from Tettenhall College
and were able to expand to two teams. To accommodate an improved fixture list it
was decided in 1962 that the club needed to move from Bantock Park to their own
ground and land was located on Trysull Road in Wombourne where the club stands today.
The two grass pitches were soon acknowledged as being amongst the best in the county.
During the 1970s and 1980s there were significant numbers of players who came to
the club in groups, firstly from The Regis School Tettenhall, then later a large
group from Ounsdale School in Wombourne. This led to further expansion of the club
to five sides.
Hockey moved on to Astroturf in the late 1980s and the club over the years has utilised
facilities at many local venues. We now use the excellent facilities at The Royal
Wolverhampton School (Penn Road Wolverhampton), which is close to our headquarters.
The twenty years successful association with Beacon Cricket Club sees our picturesque
home being utilised in the summer and adds much welcome use to the facilities.
The first XI has competed at Midlands League 1 and West Midlands Premier over the
last 20 years with a one year foray into the top division, Midlands Premier. The
Club's 2nd, 3rd and 4th XIs have always competed well in the various divisions of
their respective leagues. The badgers side is the under 16 boys who are the future
of the club and we have several 1st XI players who have progressed through this
A dedicated management committee ensures the club continues to be well managed,
financially sound and in good shape for the next generation of hockey players.
Over the years Finchfield has earned many friends on and off the pitch and would
be regarded as hard but fair on the pitch and sociable and friendly off the pitch,
with a wide social programme ensuring the club has a social life as well as playing