ARTHUR BARBER’S 80th
CELEBRATION FESTIVAL at
The LX Club team, who were selected for the Warlocks
fixture, attended instead a re-arranged event at the Woking Hockey club.
Together with the Pitts team (Woking), Ancient
Britons and Warlocks, the team honoured Arthur Barber, the Woking HC President,
and a recent President of LX Club, on the occasion of his 80th birthday, and who
still plays regular hockey.
LX Club played three games, the first against Warlocks,
narrowly losing 2-1 after an extended session of penalty corners at the end of
the match, leading to a shot finally being driven into the net by the left post.
David Brampton scored for LX following an excellent
pass from the creative Richard Clarke
at centre half.
The second game against the Pitts broadly followed the
pattern of the first, with a last minute goal from a penalty corner for the home
Club, giving them a 2-1 victory.
Graham Martin scored an excellent goal for LX Club.
The third game was against the Ancient Britons, which
contained several members of LX Club. Arthur, following participation in all
other teams, duly performed to his impeccable high standard at left back for LX.
Final result 0-0, with Barry Sewell making several
superb saves to thwart Ancient Britons.
The celebrations then
transferred to the Woking HC Clubhouse with an excellent meal being served, plus
a free bar which was extremely well patronised.
The Mayor of Woking, accompanied by the Mayoress, then paid
a tremendous tribute to Arthur for his hockey, but also everything else he has
done for all sports in the Woking area on various Committees.
David Pitt then thanked Arthur for all he has done
for Woking HC over 55 years, and also the visiting teams for making this tribute
such a success.
The other participating Clubs similarly contributed,
and Brian Woolcott on behalf of LX
Club, thanked Arthur for his valuable contributions to the Club over the years,
remembering that he was on the Australian Tour in 1999 when the Ashes were won
by the LX Club. Brian presented him with a ten year old bottle of Port from the
LX Club team playing on the day.
one of the founder members of the Club, similarly made a sincere tribute to
Arthur, and presented him with the two litre bottle of 1999 Fronsac wine
recently won at the Lille
tournament by the LX Club, which Arthur participated in for many years.
For the record: Arthur has played 55 years at
Woking, 20 years with the Ancient Britons, 19 years with Warlocks, and 13 years
with LX Club.
In that time he has visited nearly all the hockey playing
“Congratulations, Arthur”, on behalf of the LX Club, for
your magnificent hockey achievements over so many years.
Many thanks go to Austyn
Leaverland for organising the LX team and in helping to make the day such a
Arthur Barber, Barry Sewell, David Read, John Longden,
Peter Ross, Richard Clarke, Adrian
Money, Keith Montgomery, Alan Jackson, Graham Martin,
Brian Woolcott, David Brampton, Austyn Leaverland (Captain and