Club History

Melton Hockey Club was formed in 1952, recently passing it's 60th anniversary. Up until 1962, the club was known as 'Melton Old Grammarians', consisting of just one team playing friendly matches. The club then moved on to league hockey for 10 years till 1972, whilst playing at Egerton Park.

A slow period of expansion occurred with another 2 teams being added, taking the total to 3 by 1982, and then 4 until 1992, moving to the new Astroturf at KE VII Upper School. After the move the mens and ladies sections amalgamated to form a new Melton Hockey Club.

Currently we have 4 mens teams and 1 ladies teams all playing league hockey. The club is still based at King Edward VII Community Sports Centre, where it shares facilities with the local community and Melton Rugby Club. The club has over 100 active members, with ages ranging from 14 to 60, playing from September to April. The mens play in the Midlands leagues and the ladies in the Leicestershire leagues, with mixed, junior and youth teams playing friendlies and tournaments.

Season 2002-2003 saw both 1st XI and 2nd XI mens being promoted. The 1st XI finished second in Midlands 2, scoring 96 goals in the process of going into Division 1. The 2nd XI were outright champions of East Midlands 1, being promoted to East Midlands Premier for the first time. The club also won the Leicestershire County Championship in 2003.

Season 2003-2004 once again saw two teams being promoted, the 3rd and 4th XI. Melton Hockey Club also amalgamated with Melton Ladies Hockey Club forming a new Melton Hockey Club. In 2004-2005 the ladies formed a new 2nd XI, having two teams playing league hockey.

Season 2006-2007 saw Melton were once again County champions. The 1st XI reached the semi finals of the Harrods UK Trophy. The winning run saw Melton beat Coalville, Newent, Leicester Thursday and Gore Court. Banbury from the South League proved too strong in the semi final and were the eventual winners. The club were awarded the ClubsFirst award in this year and spearheaded the replacement of the KE VII astroturf for a modern sand dressed pitch.

The 2008-2009 was a record breaking year for Melton Hockey Club with the 1st XI being promoted to the Midlands Premier League for the first time in it's history under the captaincy of Chris Eden. The mens 2nd XI were also promoted as league champions knocking in 90 goals and doubling anyone else's goal difference in the league.

The club can regularly be found touring under the disguise of 'Grapetonkers'.

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Heather Simpson

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Hayden Snow
Hayden Snow

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