Chris Swan

It saddens me to report that Chris Swan died after a short illness last Saturday (01 Oct).

On behalf of Bromley & Beckenham HC and especially those Bromley members who remember the endless hours and effort Chris sacrificed to the development of the junior section at Bromley, I offer our condolences to Sandra (his wife) and Chris' two sons, Jon and Matt, both ex-first team at Bromley.

Chris played in his early years at Holcombe HC (Kent) before relocating to London where he joined Bromley offering a real enthusiasm to help rejuvenate the junior programme there. He quickly grew the section not just in volume and quality but most impressively, drove the introduction of girls junior hockey at the club.

I remember Chris most vividly from my early years as the guy who simply blew the air horn at junior festivals but little did I know he was to be so integral in my own hockey development. I know for sure, I am not alone in this sentiment and there will be so many of my peers shocked by this sad news.

He was one of a kind, offering so much and asking for so little. Chris remained supportive of the merged club and was an avid 'Friend' who would offer levelled and sound feedback to many a first team performance, good or bad.

A great man has been lost to our sport. I currently do not have any details of the funeral and must respect the wishes of his family. That said, the Club are keen to commemorate Chris' efforts and organise a commemorative fixture to be played nearer to Christmas. More details to follow

Nick Bluett
Director of Hockey, BromBecks HC