History of the Association
History of Northants County Women’s Hockey Association
The earliest records show the association was created in 1912 when the first ladies team was selected to represent the county of Northants.: B. Peuketh, G.Freeman, H.Wicksteed, C.Jaques, E.Hope, E.Vials, M.Tyler, G.Percival, G. Sanders, L. Hornby, R.Elwell. The results were impressive as follows; v Notts won 4-2, v Derby won 4-0, v Worcs won 2-1.
There were very few ladies clubs in the early days but by 1920 Northampton Ladies, Kettering, Wellingborough High School were all represented at the AGM and Peterborough City & Long Buckby Ladies stood for election.
It was during this time that a young Marjorie Pollard first came to light. Born in 1899, Marjorie was playing for Peterborough but they were part of Northants and became a regular member of the Northants county team. She was selected to represent the Midlands and England for the first time in 1921 and she became a prolific goal scorer for her territory and country. Notable performances included her nine goal haul against the North and her twelve goals against an American touring team whilst playing for the Midlands. At international level she scored eight goals against Germany in 1926 and thirteen goals in the 1928 match against Wales!
Marjorie played for Northants, Midlands and England until 1937 and held the post of N.C.W.H.A Hon Secretary from 1925/26 and was the Midland Council Rep from 1926 until 1934. She was President from 1947 until 1952. She was also President of The Midlands and she became Acting President of the National Association the A.E.W.H.A during 1943. During this time she wrote several books including “Your Book of Hockey”, “Hockey For Women” and “Hockey For All”. One of the most popular publications she wrote was “Women’s Hockey” in the Know The Games series.
Marjorie also edited “The Hockey Field” magazine.
As well as her love of hockey, Marjorie also enjoyed her cricket and in 1926 she helped to found The Women’s Cricket Association.
Marjorie was one of the greatest English hockey players ever and was made a Life Member of the N.C.W.H.A. In 1965 Marjorie was awarded an O.B.E for her services to hockey.
Marjorie died in 1982.
During the 1920s Thrapston, Market Harborough, The High School and the Technical School were asked to affiliate to the County along with Daventry Ladies & Wellingborough Ladies.
The War put paid to hockey in the county and it took a while to be re-established.