The Early Years

Atherstone Adders Hockey Club was established in 1953 and played all of its home matches at Atherstone Cricket Club in North Warwickshire, UK.

In the 60’s the grass pitches became unsuitable for league hockey and the Adders played all of their home games ona shale surface at Woodhouse School in Tamworth until the 70’s. Following the advent of astroturf pitches the Club became nomadic as it played it’s home games in Nuneaton, Chelmsley Wood and more recently at Earl Shilton.

Then, quite dramatically, nearly 60 years after it was formed the Club finally gained access to its very own astro pitch in the heart of Atherstone at QE School on Witherley Road.  The Club now plays every Saturday and trains every Wednesday during the season at The Queen Elizabeth Academy on Witherley Road.

2013 - 2014 Season

A great season for the Adders. The Ladies 1st team won their league with a game to go and were promoted to Division 2. The Men's 1st team went on to comfortably finish in the top three in their league without even trying. With the Junior section growing and the Seniors attracting more players to the Club, a major decision was made to enter two new teams into the Leagues in the 14-15 season

Subsequently a Ladies 2nd team and a Men's 3rd team were born. The Club is growing. Lets see what the season ahead brings!

2014-15 season

This season was a major step forward for the Adders. For the very first time in the Club's history we fielded a Ladies 2nd team in the WWHL. We will also fielded three league Men's teams for the very first time in nearly 20 years. The Junior section continues to grow. Who knows what the season has in store for the Club? The Ladies 1st team, following on from last season's successes are now playing in Warwickshire Division 2 and who knows, they may well look back on this season as a watershed in their development. Perhaps the Men's 1st X1 can replicate the success of the Ladies from last season? However, the re-organisation of teams in the Midland area will make their job a tough one. They will, however, be able to pit their talents against larger teams and clubs, including Nuneaton and Tamworth, who now find themselves in the same division as the Adders. Good luck boys!

2015-16 Season

Well where do we start? What an amazing season for the Adders and in particular the Ladies 1st and 2nd teams. Both teams gained promotion as their respective Divisional Champions. The Ladies Firsts now move into the top Warwickshire League after successive promotion seasons! Meanwhile the Ladies 2nds gained promotion in only their second year of formation! After only winning one game all of last season, the side dedicated themselves to the cause thoughout the season and were rewarded with the divisional title on the final day of the season after losing only one match all season. The stats tell the story with Tara Harrison being the leagues top scorer and Olivia Paice being the meanest keeper in the League. Well done to both Ladies sides.

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2016-17 Season

Ladies 1sts in Division 1 of the Warwickshire League, Ladies 2nds in Division 3 and a NEW Adders Ladies 3rd team.....

With three Saturday Mens teams in the East Midlands Leagues and two Badgers sides the future looks bright.

The main aim for both of the promoted Ladies sides was to establish themselves in their respective Leagues. The Ladies 1sts, promoted to Div. 1, finished comfortably in mid-table while the 2nds, who had been promoted to Div 3, had a chaotic season as they had three captains, a regular churn of players and a mixed bag of results. Howver, despite the upheaval in the team, they also finished in mid-table.The NEW Ladies 3rd team, captained by Tracy Grabham, also completed their season with more defeats than victories, but have the makings of a good team.

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2017-18 Season

What a great season this was for the Adders. The Club fielded 8 teams regularly on every Saturday throughout the League season. Three Womens teams, three Mens teams and two Badgers teams.
The Junior programme that began several years ago is now starting to have a great impact on all of the teams as the youngsters are now appearing across all of the teams and are helping to ensure the continuing success of the Club.
As far as the teams are concerned, the Mens 1sts had an amazing season and won their league, only losing two games on the way to the title and scoring over 100 goals. The Ladies 1sts also finished higher in their leagure than any Adders Ladies team has ever done before.
Meanwhile the Ladies 2nds and 3rds had great seasons of consolidation and now look ready to push on to higher things!
Also the Mens 2nds and 3rds had amazing seasons finishing in the top three and four respectively. 
Next season sees some major changes and challenges for the Mens teams as they move into an open league system.


2018-19 Season

Probably the best season in the Club's history. The Mens Summer League campaign of 2018 superbly captained by Lloyd Crowley resulted in the side being crowned as League Champions for the second year on the run. The playoff finals, against teams from Olton, Stourport and Cannock was an amazing experience. The team finished third with only one defeat. The Mens 1sts League team gained back-to-back promotions for the first time in the Clubs history and also went through the entire season without losing a League match. They had the League’s top goal scorer in Captain, Martin Webb and also had five other players in the League’s top 20 goal scorers. The side recruited players from Nuneaton and Rugby but the highlight was the array of young, home grown talent in the side. Well done to all the Adders coaches at all levels for developing some great talent.

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2019-20 Season

This was probably the most dramatic in the Club's history. COVID -19 struck and brought an abrupt end to the season the day after the Mens 1sts won through to the EH Knockout Cup semi-final for the second consecutive season. A thrilling 6-5 victory over Southampton, who they beat last season in the semi-finals meant a long journey to Lewes had to be put on hold as they bid to make the final for the second time in as many seasons. Also with the Mens and Womens Leagues coming to a halt all teams were frozen in their league positions as the league Committees called an end to the league season. Unfortunately, this meant that the Ladies 1sts battle for survival in League one was halted and they were relegated to Warwickshire League 2.

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