Clydesdale Hockey Club
Clydesdale Hockey Club have been one of the premier hockey clubs in Glasgow for many years. In recent years, the team has been a regular fixture in National League Division One. The aim is to be competitive and help the players realise their potential.
For the 2018-19 season, Clydesdale will run five teams. The 1st XI play in National League Division One, 2nd XI in Regional League and three teams play in the local West District Leagues.
For indoor, the club has teams in National League Division 1, Regional League and in the local District League.
The 1st XI are coached by Ciaran Crawford. A graduate of Bellahouston Academy’s ‘School of Sport’, Ciaran has over 15 years experience playing 1st XI hockey, mainly for Clydesdale – in which he also captained from 2013-15 – but also for Grove Menzieshill as well as having a year’s experience in the Netherlands. Ciaran, who progressed through the national programme all the way to Scotland Under 21s, also has an impressive CV in coaching which includes coaching for Clydesdale in development and performance roles, Hutchesons’ Grammar School and in Scottish Hockey’s National Performance setup.
Ciaran is supported by Stuart Banford, who coaches the Men’s 2nd XI. Stuart was a member of the successful Kelburne team of the 1990s and has recently returned to coaching after having a break from playing. Stuart was was an accomplished defender in his day and was recognised at Great Britain U23 level. Stuart began coaching the 2nd XI in 2016. He then took on a brief spell as 1st XI coach towards the end of the 2016-17 season before returning to his position as 2nd XI coach.
Men’s Club Training sessions will be led by Ewan Fraser. Ewan has vast experience in hockey, both playing and coaching, despite playing the sport later than some. In his playing career, Ewan has been a regular member of the current 1st XI squad for over six years, and in that time was captain during the 2016-17 season. Ewan has also been coaching for a number of years – for Clydesdale in both development and performance capacities, Hutchesons’ Grammar School and for Scotland U16s Boys team.
The Men’s 1st Indoor team during the 2017-18 season were led by Neil Mitchell. Neil has been coaching the indoor team for three indoor seasons, having previously been assistant to previous Head Coach, John McKnight. Neil has also a big background in outdoor hockey having coached Perthshire Hockey Club’s 1st XI in recent years.
Clydesdale’s juniors have been consistently producing age group players for the National squads. The following are currently involved in Scotland’s respective youth squads:
U18s: Struan Walker, David Nairn
U16s: Ben Galloway