"I spent an enjoyable - if wet - hour on the all-weather pitch at Charlton Leisure Centre, watching junior teams from all over the county and from Wiltshire play each other on a Colts Day - held in memory of Geoff Adcock. The skills displayed were very high, with players as young as four on the pitch. Andover Hockey Club is a fast-growing and successful Club - now large enough to think of looking for a ground and clubhouse of their own."
Sir George unveiled a plaque to commemorate the life of Geoff Adcock - see below - in the presence of his son Justin, who plays for the Club.
GEOFF ADCOCK (Taken from the Club's programme)
Geoff Adcock was born on the 21st Apr11 1954 in Shaftsbury, to Gordon and Mary Adcock.
Educated in the local Grammar School until 1972, Geoff decided to make a career for himself in HM services.
At 17, Geoff enlisted and went as an apprentice tradesman to the Army Apprentice College at Beachley Point, near Chepstow, Gwent. Geoff's leadership qualities showed even at this early age, as he reached the top apprentice rank of College Apprentice RSM.
Joining Andover Hockey Club, Geoff played for the 2nd X1,as well as playing in a number of service teams.
Some of Geoff's other hobbies at the time were tennis and marshalling at the Thruxton Race Circuit.
It was during this period in Andover that he met his wife to be Bev, in 1974. Geoff married Bev on the 2nd September 1978, and their children Justin and Emma, so dearly beloved by him, were born in 1983 and 1986 respectively.
In 1976, Geoff moved to Germany where he continued all his sports, as well as running a Scout troop, and took part in the Swiss Mountain Marathon.
He retired from the Army in 1994, and came to reside in Andover.
On leaving the Army, Geoff worked as a helper for Neighbourcare for 18 months. He then joined Phillip Hall at Multimedia Replication in Upper Clatford, as Production Manager, for whom he was working when he was killed in a tragic road accident in 1998.
Geoff had been coaching the Minicolts with Lou Walker from 1991 and took over the reins in 1994, providing excellent young players with the right spirit for the game of hockey. Geoff was also a very active member of Andover's Veterans XI, and well known and respected throughout the county hockey fraternity.
Geoff was a great loss to the Andover Hockey Club, leaving a void to all who knew, loved and respected him in every aspect of his life. It is hoped this annual Colts Day event and the Veterans Memorial matches with Newbury and Hermitage, together with the Commemorative Plaque at the entrance to the all weather facility, will remind us all in the years ahead of Geoff and his
commitment to the enjoyment of hockey, fair play, the club and Andover.
LOU WALKER - JUNIOR SECTION CHAIR PERSON