Roger Self OBE
We regret to advise members that Roger Self – past Welsh coach and GB Manager and President – has passed away at the age of 77.
Roger, who came from an insurance broking background, played for his Guernsey school and in time Redditch HC and Worcestershire county and having spent some years with Southgate HC (during which time they won the European club cup on three occasions), also coached Wales senior men’s squad in the early 70’s and was initially brought in to improve the squads fitness. This proved to be very successful as on 9 August 1970 Wales beat England for the first time in a test match in Bristol 1-0 as well as winning the triple crown. Roger was also coach when Wales played in the first European Championships in Brussels in 1970 where they finished a very creditable 12th out of the 19 competing Nations.
Roger moved on to managing GB Men between 1978 and 1988 and was in charge when GB boycotted the Moscow Olympics in 1980 but then went on to win the Bronze medal in Los Angeles when GB were invited to participate following Russia’s boycott and went two steps better when they won the Gold Medal in Seoul in 1988.
On the technical front Roger was a respected FIH Tournament Director and officiated at a number of tournaments including Champions Trophies.
He was elected GB President in 2004 and led the Board in developing the Framework Agreement between the Home Countries which provided not only clarity on GB Performance and Business matters but ensured openness and transparency in the selection of the athletes for GB. The Agreement ensured that GB Primacy was and is one of the principal objectives of all three countries.
Due to ill health Roger stood down as President in 2007 but still kept in touch with all that was going on in the hockey world and attended the European Nations in 2015.
Our thoughts go to his family and friends throughout the hockey world.
A private cremation will be held on Tuesday 13th June with a Service of Thanksgiving on Wednesday 28th June at 13:00 at St. Nicholas Church, Butter Street, Alcester B49 5AL. A further Service of Thanksgiving will be held later in the year in Guernsey.