Didsbury Northern are the largest hockey club in the Manchester area. We were founded in 1947 as Chorlton-cum-Hardy Hockey Club. The ladies club started at some point in the 1950s and, although under the same Chorlton name, was run as a separate entity. The club had played under the Chorlton banner for 43 years, when, in 1990, out of the need for an astroturf pitch, the club’s name was changed to Manchester YMCA Hockey Club. At around this time, it was decided that both the men’s and ladies’ clubs should join under a single banner, a relationship that not only remains today but has strengthened and is now an inherent part of the club culture.
The Didsbury area’s first connection with the club was in 1994 when a move to a new clubhouse prompted the change in name to our current moniker of Didsbury Northern Hockey Club: Didsbury after the suburb of Manchester that the club had relocated to, and Northern from the name of the club’s new headquarters at the Northern Lawn Tennis Club. The club not only changed names but also changed colours to a full green strip as part of a sponsorship deal, playing in these colours until 2000 when the club decided to return to the original green and white halves of the Chorton-cum-Hardy side.
The success in the club has been fantastic since the turn of the millennium with the men’s club winning four promotions and becoming the first Manchester side in the 34 year history of the Lancashire Cup to win the competition in 2004, then retaining the trophy in 2011.
Tireless work from Richard Hayward our Men’s 1st team captain has seen the club recruit former England international Scott Cordon as Head Coach and the addition of an international guest player. At the end of the 2018/19 season the club achieved promotion to the National League for the first time in our history.
Our Ladies 1st team narrowly missed out on National League promotion at the end of the 2018/19 season, and aim to rectify that in the coming season.
The club has not forgotten its past and the club’s touring name became the ‘Chorlton Sharks’, a side still touring with many of the old die-hards to this day.
What DNHC is all about?
Our club is a registered Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) and currently operates 7 men’s teams, 7 ladies’ teams. We restarted our junior section in September 2014 and it is growing year on year, with increasing numbers of our juniors making the leap to senior hockey every season.
Our Mens 1st team play in the National League in the North Conference and our Ladies 1st team play in the North Premier Division. Both our Men’s and Ladies 2nd teams have established themselves in the North Leagues after recent promotions. The remaining men’s teams play in the North West Hockey League, with all other ladies teams playing in the Greater Manchester Hockey Association league.
Summer hockey is played from May to August with the club entering both 11-a-side tournaments.
During the close period, the club often participates in hockey festivals close to home such as Sale, Leek, Wakefield, Chester, Huddersfield, Cannock, Silz and Highfields. For those more adventurous we also travel to festivals abroad including the Isle of Man, Luxembourg and the Banks International Hockey Festival in Barbados.
Didsbury’s kit is green and white halved shirts, black shorts/skirts with green and white hooped socks. Our away kit is all black.
The club has an excellent social base, and has organised events throughout the playing season. In fact, the club prides itself on the great balance it has between competitive hockey and social atmosphere. DNHC is a friendly but ambitious club that is actively recruiting any new players whatever the ability or experience.