25 July, 2017

The EIHA Womens Section are sad to hear that WPL club Slough Phantoms are to fold.

One of the most successful teams in the UK womens game, Slough also qualified for the IIHF Womens Champions Cup three times (07/08, 08/09 and 10/11) playing some of the biggest clubs in European hockey. They won group games against teams from Estonia, Latvia and Spain.

A statement on the Phantoms’ Facebook page said: “It is with great sadness and emotion that we have to announce that Slough Phantoms will be folding as a club. A number of reasons have caused this but ultimately maintaining a regular pool of players with limited resources and increasing costs is unsustainable.

“We have had some amazing moments; European Cup Championships in Bolzano, Cergy & Riga, winning the double more than once, completing the treble and having numerous players representing GB and national hockey. We welcomed all and maintained a fun, friendly and hockey-for-hockey atmosphere which will be missed by many.

“It is hoped there will be girls and womens hockey in Slough again one day, as to lose any club in a thriving region deteriorates the women’s league development and reduces ice hockey participation in general.

“Many people have helped Slough over the years – thank you to all, your support meant a lot to us. A particular thanks to Rob & Pat Wheeler, Phil Bicknell, Alyn & Jane Lamb, Geoff Copping, Sally Boardman, Lyn Walker and our wonderful and devoted supporters Bob & Elizabeth.

“Once again thanks for the good times and best wishes to all teams in the forthcoming season.”

Geoff Hemmerman, chair of the EIHA Womens Section, said of the news: “It’s sad to see a team with the history that Slough Phantoms have are folding.  I know it has been a tough decision and one not taken lightly.

“Rest assured the womens leagues will always be ready to welcome them back should they be in a position to return in the future.”