Jon Beckett

Jon Beckett – #52

Born: 17/06/73

Position: Left Wing

This is not the usual Player Profile. Instead it’s a “Plus and Minus” as printed in the Clock End Times (Issue 4, 3rd January 1993). Used here with permission from Mike Ewer.


Choose 3 words to describe yourself…
Extrovert, short-tempered… and hard working… NOT!

Which player did you idolise as a kid?
Trevor Brooking!

Against which team did you make your Heineken League debut, and did you have a good game?
Medway Bears, NO-ONE had a good game, we lost 18-2! Scored my first point two games later, though.

What’s the greatest game you’ve ever seen or played in?
A Canada Cup match between the USSR and Canada in the mid-80s.

Which current coach would you like to play for?
Alex Dampier.

Which is your favourite rink, and why?
Streatham, because I started hockey there.

What is the strangest possession in your house?
Jake, the 3-legged dog! He lost the other leg in an accident.

Which player would you most liked to have played alongside, and why?
Patrick Scott, you’d only have to give him the puck and you’d get loads of points!

As a kid, which position did you want to play, and why?
Centre… and I did!

Which player would you most liked to have played against?
Neil Stower!!!

Which team did you support as a kid, and why?
Streatham Redskins, because I played for the peewees.

Which cartoon character would you have printed on a T-shirt?
None! I wouldn’t do it!

Who gave you your first big break in hockey?
My grandad (the late Chas Sumner), he started me off.

Which uncapped player do you think should have played for GB?
Darren Bloomfield

What’s your favourite part of the Clock End Times?
I don’t read it… until now!

Name the player you most admire, who plays in your position…
Jari Kurri, I suppose.


What’s the worst thing about you?
I’m lazy!

Which club was the worst you’ve played for, and why?
Lee Valley… we just keep losing!

Have you ever played for a relegated team?
Not yet!

Which rink do you hate playing at, and why?
Slough, it’s just got NO atmosphere.

Which comedian makes you turn off the TV?
Little and Large

What’s the worst injury you’ve ever had?
A broken hand about 4 years ago.

Which exercise do you hate doing in training?
Skating… it’s boring.

Which TV programme do you always switch off?

Which sports do you hate watching?
Golf, bowls.

What’s the worst hockey game you’ve seen?
The last game at Milton Keynes.

Which position would you hate to play in?
Goalie! It’s too painful!

Which team do you hate playing against?
None really…

Which newspaper would you use in the cat tray?
The Sun.

Who is the most difficult player you’ve played against?
Milton Keynes’ Brian Mason.

What type of food do you hate to eat?

What car wouldn’t you buy?
A Skoda.