The Bracknell Bees are sad to announce that long term player Matt Foord, known to most simply as “Foordy” will not be returning after a total of 10 seasons at the club.
The 36-year-old High Wycombe born player became a firm favourite with fans in Bracknell over the years, always happy to spend time with them. Matt is a versatile player, playing both as a forward and in defence when required.
Matts career has seen him ice for several teams over the years including Slough Jets, London Racers, Cardiff Devils, Swindon Wildcats and of course the Bracknell Bees.
Having originally joined the Bees part way through the 2005/06 season he spent the next 3 seasons icing in the Bees colours before joining Swindon Wildcats for two seasons. He re-joined the Bracknell Bees for the 2011/12 season taking one of the Alternate Captains roles which he held for the next three seasons. Matt became Captain in 2014/15 and made the role his own. He held captaincy for the next 4 years.
During his time with the Bees Matt has appeared 490 times for the Bracknell Bees racked up 105 goals and a total of 252 points for the club.
Following his years of service at the Hive Bees Director Richard Dobney said; “Foordy is a firm fans favourite and will be missed by them. He was extremely popular with his team mates and a pleasure to have around. I feel that hockey is fairly unique in that we all get to know players and their families well, so it makes saying farewell that much more difficult. I am certain that wherever Matt ends up he will use his experience to great effect and be welcomed. I know for sure that Matt and his family will always be warmly welcomed at the Hive and we will look to recognise his contribution to Bees during the coming season. Thank you Foordy”
Matt leaves the Bracknell Bees with everyone at the club’s thanks and best wishes for the future.