Barry Middleton

Barry John Middleton MBE (born 12 January 1984) is an English international field hockey player who played as a midfielder and forward for England and Great Britain. He captained his country for many years.[1]

Barry Middleton
Personal information
Born (1984-01-12) 12 January 1984 (age 37)
Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 70 kg (154 lb)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Holcombe
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2006 Cannock 30 (38)
2011–2012 East Grinstead 4 (5)
Der Club an der Alster
2013– Holcombe 29 (27)
2015– Ranchi Rays 3 (3)
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2018 England & GB 432 (120)
Last updated on: 16 December 2018

Middleton plays club hockey in the Men's England Hockey League for Holcombe.

He made his international debut, aged 19, in April 2003 against Belgium and was a member of the Great Britain squad that finished ninth at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, fifth in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and fourth at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He was part of the England squad that won the 2009 Eurohockey Nations Cup.[2] He captained the England squad that won bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.[3]

On 24 May 2014 he became the most capped English hockey international when he played his 308th international game. (203 for England, 105 for Great Britain). The match was against Australia at Bisham Abbey, Berkshire. The previous record holder was Russell Garcia with 307 GB/England caps.[4]

He has previously played club hockey for East Grinstead, HGC, Cannock and Doncaster.

He was named in the International Hockey Federation's All-Star team in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and was shortlisted for 'Player of the Year' in those three years.[3]

On 4 December 2017 he played his 400th international match. (255 for England, 145 for Great Britain). The match was against Australia in the 2016–17 Men's FIH Hockey World League Final, Bhubaneswar, India.[5]

On 19 December 2018 it was announced that he is taking a break from international hockey in 2019.[6]

On 8 April 2019 he announced his retirement from international hockey.[7]

Middleton was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2020 New Year Honours for services to hockey.[8]