Blackburn gets England call-up

SUDBURY player Tim Blackburn has been selected to attend trials for the England men’s over-45s hockey team.

Blackburn is a stalwart of Sudbury Hockey Club having progressed through the junior coaching programme in the early 80s to became an ever present member since.

Blackburn is currently the club treasurer and a regular player in the men’s first team, as well as captaining the club’s veterans team.

He has already represented the East at over-45s, where he was watched by England selectors and has now been invited to attend trials in Oxford on May 29, where he hopes to make the final 20 and go on to win his first England cap.