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Patrick Rowley awarded British Empire Medal

Patrick Rowley, arguably the best known hockey journalist there is has been rewarded for his outstanding services to hockey with the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.



A well respected and larger than life character Rowley has dedicated around 65 years of his life to hockey. He has featured as a player, coach, sports correspondent, TV & Radio Commentator, an author and an archivist and he holds the incredible distinction of covering the Olympics in London twice – in 1948 and 2012. Those are two of the 14 Games he’s worked on.

Rowley started at the very bottom, making the tea at The Guardian, a paper with whom he worked for over 50 years. He later enjoyed a stint at The Observer but spent most of his life as a freelancer travelling the globe reporting on hockey in all corners of the world. In addition to his bursting CV, Pat has been the PR and Promotions director for the International Hockey Federation for a number of years. He was the founder and Editor of the International Hockey Newsletter in 1969 and editor of World Hockey from June 1969 to April 1991. He was awarded FIH order of merit in 1987.

Pat is a past Chairman of the Hockey Writers Club, past Chairman of the AIPS Hockey Commission and a past co-opted member of the FIH Media and Communication Committee. He is a Trustee of The Hockey Museum.

He is still writing, coaching and playing. Just a few weeks ago he helped South win the Divisional Over 75 tournament.

Everyone at England Hockey would like to extend their congratulations to Pat for his achievement. 

England Hockey Board Media release

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