HOCKEY: Tribute to Brian Edwards

Brian Edwards
Brian Edwards

In more than 50 seasons with GEC Rugby HC every player better for knowing him

Rugby & East Warwickshire Hockey Club is sad to announce that Brian Edwards, a pillar of the local hockey scene, has passed away, aged 84.

Brian was a true ‘one club’ man, clocking up more than 50 playing seasons, all for GEC Rugby HC –a feat unlikely to be repeated in the modern astroturf era.

Whilst the news is sad, it has also provoked nothing but fond and happy memories of a kind man, widely known and respected in Midlands hockey circles, who quite simply loved the game.

There remain a significant number of current players who benefitted from Brian’s infectious enthusiasm, encouragement, advice and generous praise. All became better players for having known and played with him.

Since hanging up his boots, Brian remained a keen supporter of GEC Rugby and more recently Rugby & EW, following the merger.

He was a frequent spectator at 1st XI matches and was delighted at the club’s progress, in reaching the highest level of hockey ever played in the town.

Brian’s colossal input to local hockey helped to lay some of the foundations for the success that has followed – his contribution for more than half a century is immeasurable.

For many, their last encounter with Brian would have been an entirely fitting one - an event last September to mark what would have been the centenary of GEC Rugby HC.

Given his long service at the club, every former GEC player in attendance knew Brian, rightly making him the centre of attention and confirmed his status as a genuinely popular man with people across the whole of his playing career.

The club offers its sincerest condolences to Brian’s wife, Iris and sons Christian and Marcus, as well as huge appreciation for everything that he gave to our sport. He will be greatly missed.