Cunning Foxes return

They’re coming home – the Foxes are coming home.

Leyland Foxes Hockey team are returning to their roots after a 15-year absence by returning to Fox Lane Sports Club.

Last year, the Guardian reported that the Foxes were leaving Leyland to play at Buckshaw Village astro-turf pitches after changes at the Lancashire FA headquarters in King Street.

Now, club officials believe that this latest move is one step closer to them coming back to Leyland.

Keith Gradwell said: “We were contacted by the chairman of Fox Lane about coming back and we think it is a step in the right direction.

“We will still be playing matches at Buckshaw but in the long-term we want to apply for lottery funding and maybe even play there with new pitches.

“By moving back to Fox Lane we can have a family orientated atmosphere and get more players involved.”

The club are expecting big things this season after escaping relegation from the North West Counties Division Seven North.

Keith said: “We have 10 or 12 new players and it means we have enough for a second team as well.

“It will mean there is competition for places. Some of our ex-players have returned from Preston and Wigan because they want to get a game. Unfortunately we did not register the second team in time and won’t be able to play in the league this year.

“We have managed to line up a few friendlies so far and if any other side decide to pull out then we will be in.”

Leyland Foxes start their season on September 24 but if you are missing your hockey fix why not go along to the Club Day at Buckshaw Village astro-turf on Saturday at 1pm.

The club will be holding a friendly game with everyone getting involved followed by some food at Fox Lane. Contact Keith on 07825545128.