Rugby groom plays hockey match on wedding day

Nick and Nicola on their wedding day
Nick and Nicola on their wedding day

Hockey-mad groom Nick Foster knew it was a perfect match when he met future fiancée Nicola Murphy on a blind date.

But his bride-to-be thought it was a joke when he said he was going to play in a hockey match on their big day.

Nick and Nicola Foster. Photo by Lisa Scott Photography.

Nick and Nicola Foster. Photo by Lisa Scott Photography.

He walked onto the field at Rugby School before walking down the aisle for the first half of a game against Northampton Saints.

After a quick wash and brush up, the player went on to marry his other half at Brandon Hall Hotel.

Nick, club chairman of Rugby & East Warwickshire Hockey Club, thought squeezing in the first half of a game before his big day would calm his nerves.

He married sweetheart Nicola on February 21, but not without a lot of stick.

She thought it was a joke. As our wedding wasn’t until 4pm I thought it would be better to play hockey than end up down the pub!

Nick Foster

Nick said: “When I told Nicola I was playing a hockey match on the day of our wedding she didn’t believe me at first.

“She thought it was a joke. As our wedding wasn’t until 4pm I thought it would be better to play hockey than end up down the pub!”

The final score for the game was 1-1.

“I think being so hyped up about the wedding helped me play well,” said Nick, who is from Rugby.

“The match was brilliant, but not as good as the wedding.”

Nicola said she was shocked when her husband-to-be announced his plans to squeeze in a game on their special day.

She said: “I’m quite a laid back person but people knew not to make jokes when it came to the wedding.

“I organised it in 16 months. We tied it in with our daughter Elizabeth’s naming ceremony.”

Nicola said as the wedding drew nearer, she realised Nick’s intentions to play were true.

“I thought I’d rather him be playing hockey than getting half cut,” she said.

“Our wedding day was brilliant and the weather was lovely. I just made sure he kept his hockey stick at home for the honeymoon!”