Get to know Mens 1st Team Player Tony Wilson


Tony Wilson has developed into a talented forward during his time at EG and here he shares his story as the Mens squad approach the half way point in the season... 

Former Clubs: Gerrards Cross, Southgate, Durham University

I started hockey quite late – during my time at secondary school – although tennis and cricket remained the main sports for me growing up. Having enjoyed hockey at school, I joined my local club, Gerrards Cross, where I had a great time playing at weekends, representing the famous 3rd XI (usually a 3rd VIII, on a good day). In my final year at school, I moved from my local club to Southgate, which helped my hockey to progress. During the year at Southgate, I had the chance to play with some excellent players. I also played with Paddy Smith…

After school, I moved up to Durham University, where I studied for a degree in Natural Sciences, primarily focusing on Maths. I played for the University side during my time as an undergraduate, in the North Conference. After graduating, I stayed in Durham to complete a teaching qualification, then moved down to London to work at Whitgift School as a Maths teacher. I joined East Grinstead when I moved down; a significant step up in terms of quality, which took time to adapt to, but a great opportunity to play alongside some brilliant players, and for two superb coaches.

For the last few seasons, we've enjoyed successes and challenges in equal measure, although with a young, talented squad at present we're excited to see what progress we can make this year. The new additions to the squad have settled in quickly, and we are improving each week. We've got some significant games coming up before the indoor break, and we look forward to testing ourselves against the other sides near the top of the table. On a personal note, I'm aiming to help the team improve throughout the season in order to reach our collective goals. I'm also aiming to finally score a 1-on-1.

It can be challenging for players to maintain a work/hockey balance at times, particularly with the high demands players set for themselves and others. This year, the excellent team spirit within the squad, mixed with a competitive edge, has served to allay this challenge. The 1st team squad are also fortunate enough to benefit from a superb support team, who are willing to help on any occasion, and to whom I'm very grateful.

If I had advice for young players, it would be to ensure you learn your times tables early, dedicate 20 minutes each night to do extra Maths homework and revise your algebra. On the sporting side, get stuck into as many sports as possible (including hockey, of course); you never know what you'll end up playing!
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