About Us

About the club

We try to be as accessible and affordable  to get as many people playing hockey as possible. 

Our Men’s Teams: We have 3 competitive men’s teams playing matches on Saturdays. The Men’s 1s  play in the London Area Division 4SW, the 2s in 5SW and the Men’s 3s/’Boars’ in 6SW.

Our Women’s Teams: Our W1s play on Saturdays in the London Area Division 4SW and we run a friendly 7-a-side session at Harris Morden as we  re-build or W2s team for the league next season.

We also have Mixed and Masters Teams as well as over 10 Junior teams, playing in the London Junior Leagues.

Whether you haven’t picked up a stick for years or are interested in trying a new sport, please feel free to drop us a line and we’ll try to convince you that if you’re not playing for Merton, you’re missing your calling!

Our Locations

We play our home games at:
Harris Academy Morden
Lilleshall Rd, Morden, Surrey SM4 6DU
Training takes place at:
Kings College Sport Ground
Just off Grand Drive in Raynes Park/New Malden,
Our after match teas and socials take place at:
St John Innes Recreation Ground
Cannon Hill Lane
Merton Park
SW20 9ES

Fees and Membership 24/25

Seniors (25yrs and over) 2 ways to pay:

1. Pre-pay = £299 if paid by 30 September (covers membership, match fees, teas & training), £350 thereafter
2. Monthly standing order of £28pm for 12 months from 1 October

Discount for 18-25yrs:

Pre-pay = £199 if paid by 30 September for the season (covers membership, match fees, teas and training), £250 thereafter, or £20pm for 12 months from 1 October

In-betweeners (12-18 yrs) :

Pre-pay = £180 if paid by 30 September (covers all training sessions, junior and adult matches), £200 thereafter, or £17pm for 12 months from 1 October. Includes social membership for a parent of £25 (therefore children of members/siblings get a £25 discount).

Juniors (upto 12 yrs):

Pre-pay = £130 if paid by 30 September (covers all training sessions and matches plus a t-shirt), £150 thereafter. Includes social membership for a parent of £25 (therefore children of members and siblings get a £25 discount).

Fees apply to the season September-March. depending on how finances go over the winter, we may need to charge a ‘top-up’ for the summer programme. As a volunteer-run club, we try and keep fees as low as possible to encourage participation, but we are aware of the impact of the cost of living crisis, so please get in touch if you are struggling to pay and we will try and help. We also offer discounted £99 subs for the following season for  members who umpire, coach, manage teams, are goalkeepers or serve on the Committee!

We use ‘Spond’ to manage memberships, register here for adult hockey and here for junior hockey and then follow the payment instructions.

Any queries on fees or membership, please contact: info@mertonhockey.co.uk

Merton Kit

Kit can be ordered via our online store, just click on the link below. Please liaise with your team captain re: shirt numbers.

We’re also able to offer discounts to members on sticks, accessories and clothing with Dragon Hockey. Please get in touch with your captain for discount codes. 

History of the Club

The name of Merton Hockey Club first appears in the hockey annals during the winter of 1893-94. During its history, Merton has functioned almost continuously but for breaks due to lack of players between 1897 to 1907 and during the First and Second World Wars. Merton came into existence as the result of misfortunes besetting two other local clubs.

During the season of 1891-92 the Wanderers Hockey Club was thriving with fixtures against such clubs as Surbiton and Wimbledon, but for reasons unknown they went out of existence at the end of that season. This left the ground they had been sharing with Merton Cricket Club unused during the winter months. At the same time, Mitcham Hockey Club, a club that had been playing since the seventies was asked to leave its ground on the cricket green.

As several of the Mitcham men were also Merton Cricketers, it was almost inevitable the Merton Hockey Club should be formed to make use of the vacant ground. The new club adopted the colours of Cheltenham – the shirts being black with cerise diamonds with white collars and corresponding stockings. These colours were kept until the club reformed in 1907 when the chocolate, mauve and gold kit appeared. At the same time as the change of strip came a move to the John Innes Memorial Ground that was to remain the club headquarters for over sixty years.

The Club came back into being immediately following the 1914-18 War with only eight playing members but by the end of that season was successfully running two sides. From that period the club grew slowly until in 1928 a 4th XI was fielded for the first time. The club fluctuated around that size for many years until it moved its headquarters to Joseph Hood Recreation Ground. This move coincided with a change of playing strip to the amber shirts and enabled the club to grow until it was able to field six men’s sides and 2 ladies’ sides. This brief treatise of Merton Hockey Club’s history is based on an opening address given by Alderman J P Brown, The Mayor of the London Borough of Merton, on the occasion of the Truman South Hockey League Finals on Saturday 14 April 1973 at Joseph Hood Recreation Ground.

Unfortunately the club’s fortunes took a down turn in the late eighties and early nineties due in the main to a lack of an all weather pitch and the cessation of hockey being played in the local schools. However new links with other schools have revived the Colts section, an influx of players has enabled two men’s sides to be fielded and the moving of the club’s headquarters to the North Cheam Sports & Social Club provided access to an all weather pitch.

As recently as the early 2000s Merton Hockey Club moved to Tooting & Mitcham Football Club as this provided the club with improved facilities and the use of a new sand dressed astro which proved to be very popular with all players.

In the 2013 season we made the move up the hill to host all our home games at Harris Academy Morden (it was known as Bishopsford Arts Academy then). This move coincided with TMFC replacing their astro-turf pitch with a 4G turf, which as good as it looks, is not hockey compatible.

Harris Academy has become somewhat of a fortress for Merton teams and there is often a blockbuster day when all our teams play one after the other which is a great atmosphere. The pitch was relayed with a new sand-dressed surface in the summer of 2022.

In 2015 Merton Hockey Club made a historic move back to its former home at John Innes Memorial Ground. We share the John Innes Clubhouse with our partner, Merton Cricket Club and will be hosting our post match teas and selected social events in the clubhouse.

In 2017, the junior section was relaunched and numbers build steadily until Covid hit in 2020. However, we bounced back stronger, with online sessions during lockdown and as of 2023, have over 10 juniors teams and over 100 junior members, with the BU10s winning the EH London Plate Final at Lee Valley, meaning the future is bright for Merton Hockey Club!