Boys' Hockey

Hockey at Marlborough

Marlborough enjoys a long tradition of excellence in Hockey and has produced more Oxbridge Blues than any other school.

Hockey was first played at Marlborough College in 1874. There has always been a close link between Marlborough Hockey and the Varsity Match; nine Marlburians played in the first Cambridge-Oxford clash in 1890. No fewer than thirty-six of the Cambridge and Oxford captains have been former Marlborough pupils.

Hockey is the major sport for boys in the Lent term. Squads regularly train three times per week and play fixtures on Thursday and/or Saturday afternoons.

Marlborough College’s sport scholars and identified talented hockey athletes have an extra pitch session per week led by John Jackson focusing on advanced and contemporary hockey techniques.

Teams regularly compete at national level and certain individual achievements have been impressive.  Numerous current students are involved in the England Hockey single system and represent local clubs up to National League level.


In the summer of 2013, the College replaced and upgraded the astro pitches to two fully floodlit smurf-turf hybrid pitches, with bespoke dug-outs and electronic scoreboard.

In addition, there are a number of grass pitches to supplement the outdoor facilities and the Sports Hall complex offers the opportunity for indoor hockey during the winter season.

With the instalment of the new smurf-turfs, the participants are training, developing and competing on two of the best hockey surfaces in school hockey.

Matches, Competition and Events

There are seventeen squads in total; six yearling (U14) squads, four junior colt (U15) squads, three colt (U16) squads and four Open XI’s.

The A squads of each age group participate in the Independent Schools’ Hockey League (ISHL). The ISHL was set up in 2009 by a group of hockey playing schools in the Oxon/Berks/Wilts/Gloucs area; namely Wellington, Cheltenham, Marlborough, Eton, Radley, St Edward's, Bradfield and Abingdon. ISHL was created to combine the traditional school fixture list with that of a competitive league and points system. The success of the 1st XI boys' league led to the ISHL evolving in 2010 to cater for every A team, with the results being inputted into Fixtures Live. In 2012 we took another step forward and expanded the leagues to incorporate more teams within the College. Teams are also annually entered in the England Hockey National Schools' Hockey Tournament, which consists of three rounds: county, regional and national.

Master in charge: M Ramage

Mark Ramage joined Marlborough College as Hockey Professional at the start of the Michaelmas Term 2016.