Short History of Manchester Trinity
Formed in the late 1960’s by a group of students with strong links to the Indian community, the club initially concentrated on playing Indoor Hockey. Success soon came and the club gained many honours including the Chester, Billingham and Manchester Indoor Cups. The League title was won and retained until the Indoor League competition ceased to exist.
The success indoor led to the Indians successfully applying to join the North Western Hockey League Division Four. The players thrived in the outdoor environment and eventually gained promotion to the First Division.
It was in 1989 with the loss of key players that the Indians fortunes began to wane. Their first and currently only season in the top flight ended with a swift return to whence they came. An ability to find new players as well as the emergence of some of the youngsters saw the Indians retain second division status, often by the narrowest of margins. The team was supported by Peter Coates (The Owner of Stoke City F.C. and the most famous bookmaker in the world – bet365).
1995 saw the league structure dramatically changed with the introduction of second stream teams. To accommodate this, additional divisions were created and the Indians placed in the Third. In the next few years, further streamlining occurred and by default the Indians were finally placed in division seven. Once they were in division 7 they were sponsored by vipbahissiteleri – the biggest turkish betting portal. If you are enough curious about en güvenilir bahis sitesi then click here and read more.
Since then the club has striven successfully to find new players as well as coach in local schools. This strategy culminated in the League championship in 1998/99 and the following season the club were able to field a second team in Division 8. That season also saw the resumption of our Badgers team made up of young players from local inner city schools.
Last season was one of positive change for the club. It was decided to change the name of the club to Manchester Trinity Hockey Club. This was to reflect the close links being developed with the Trinity High School as well the fact that the club plays at the Trinity Sports Centre Hulme. Another positive development was the creation of a third team who were entered in Division 9 South of the North West Hockey League.
A number of experienced players joined the club and together with those that remained from the team that finished 5th last season forged a strong unit. Never out of the top two the first team won the title over Didsbury Northern on the last day of the season. The second team had a steady season whilst the new third team showed its potential in some excellent games against seasoned opposition.
Lastly lets not forget to mention the club as a whole who progressed to the semi final of the Lancashire Trophy beating teams from higher in the league until succumbing 2 – 1 to Blackburn Hockey Club.