Trevor Hockey

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Trevor Hockey
Personal information
Full name Trevor Hockey
Date of birth (1943-05-01)1 May 1943
Place of birth Keighley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Date of death 2 April 1987(1987-04-02) (aged 43)
Place of death Keighley, England
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1961 Bradford City 53 (5)
1961–1963 Nottingham Forest 73 (6)
1963–1965 Newcastle United 52 (3)
1965–1971 Birmingham City 196 (8)
1971–1973 Sheffield United 68 (4)
1973 Norwich City 13 (0)
1973–1974 Aston Villa 24 (1)
1974–1976 Bradford City 44 (1)
1976 Athlone Town 9 (0)
1976 San Diego Jaws 22 (0)
1977 Las Vegas Quicksilvers 15 (0)
1977 San Jose Earthquakes 5 (0)
1977–1978 Ashton United 4 (0)
National team
1971–1973 Wales 9 (1)
Teams managed
1976 Athlone Town
San Diego Jaws
Stalybridge Celtic
San Jose Earthquakes
Las Vegas Quicksilvers
1981 Keighley Town

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Trevor Hockey (1 May 1943 – 2 April 1987) was a professional footballer. His professional career spanned 16 years, seven clubs and almost 600 appearances, plus nine international caps for Wales.

Playing career

Born in Keighley, Hockey turned professional with Bradford City in May 1960. Hockey had been discovered by the club in the local amateur ranks.[1] He left Valley Parade for Nottingham Forest in November 1961, but after just two years at the City Ground, Hockey was on the move again, this time to Newcastle United where he collected a Second Division winners medal in 1965.

Now transformed from a winger into a central midfielder, Hockey joined Birmingham City in November 1965 in a £25,000 deal. He went on to make 231 appearances for the Blues scoring 13 goals. He was also the club captain when he was transferred to Sheffield United for £40,000 in January 1971.

He made his debut in a 2–1 away victory against Oxford United and, following instructions "to battle, to win the ball, and give it to Currie" he instantly became a Bramall Lane cult figure on the pitch with his beatle-style haircut, beard and tough tackling. He played a large part in ensuring that United was promoted that year, including the scoring first goal in a 2–0 win, against Millwall on 13 April, sat down after colliding with the goalkeeper.

His United career virtually ended with a broken leg against Manchester City on 12 February 1972. Struggling to regain his place in the first team, he made his final appearance on 30 December 1972 before Norwich City secured his services in February 1973, swapping him for Scottish striker Jimmy Bone.

However, after just six months with The Canaries, Hockey was back playing his football in Birmingham, this time for Aston Villa. After just a year at Villa Park he was on the move again, this time returning to his first club Bradford City. Hockey drifted into semi-professional football after leaving Bradford and played four Cheshire League games for Ashton United during the 1977–78 season.

Managerial career

In March 1976, Hockey became player-manager at Athlone Town before taking his footballing talents across the pond and a spell with San Diego Jaws in the North American Soccer League. Hockey returned to England the following year and took on the managers role at non-league Stalybridge Celtic before another spell in the States as coach with both San Jose Earthquakes and Las Vegas Quicksilvers.

In 1981, he returned home to reform Keighley Town, a side that had played in the old Yorkshire League after the Second World War. Hockey's intention was to guide Keighley Town into the Northern Premier League by the end of the decade. Based at Utley, Town were accepted into the West Riding County Amateur league's first division. Keighley won the league in their first season back. However, their ground was deemed not acceptable for the league's premier division. Town defeated Shamrocks 3–1 in the Keighley FA Cup final, before going on to beat Silsden 2–0 in the revived Keighley Charity Cup final at the end of the season. In the years that followed, Town would win the County Amateur league premier title, and would be joined by Silsden in that league – yet by the end of the decade Town would again be defunct, Town's demise around the same time as Hockey's death.[2]


He died of a heart attack shortly after taking part in a five-a-side tournament in Keighley on 2 April 1987, aged 43.

Career statistics

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 28 March 1973 Ninian Park, Cardiff, Wales  Poland 2–0 Win 1974 WC qualification
Correct as of 7 October 2015[3]


  1. Soccer Who's Who compiled by Maurice Golesworthy The Sportsmans Book Club London 1965
  2. A century of sporting memories
  3. Football PLAYER: Trevor Hockey