Martin Foxall

Martin Foxall

Martin first qualified as a Hockey coach in 1973 whilst a first-team player at Old Loughtonians Hockey Club. His first coaching role was as Assistant to Dick Keates, who was at that time the Essex under 21 coach. The following season he took over as the lead Essex under 21 coach whilst also being the player-coach at Old Loughtonians.

In 1975 he gave up his job as a trainee accountant and took the role of sports coach at Wadham Lodge School Sports Centre with a focus on coaching both Hockey and Rugby to visiting Inner London Secondary Schools. In 1976 he was appointed Head of PE of Upton House School Hackney and ran Hockey Teams for years 7 to 11, and he remained at Upton House until 1998. During his time at Upton House Martin developed their hockey to the point where they were one of the top Hockey playing Schools in the Country competing with the top Public Schools. Led by Martin the School won 3 National Titles as well as winning countless Regional and County Championships and most importantly to Martin over 20 of the boys were selected to represent England at various levels, an astonishing level of success for a state school.

Outside of School Martin coached the Men's 1st XI of various clubs, such as Old Loughtonians, Redbridge and Ilford, and Dulwich. During his time in charge at Old Loughtonians, they won the East Premier League twice and were 4th in the very first season that the National League was formed. Martin led Redbridge and Ilford to 4 successive promotions, finishing up in the East Premier League. Whilst Coaching Old Loughtonians they also won friendlies against the Canadian Men's team and Malaysia U21’s in prestigious friendlies!

Martin has coached representative teams including Essex County Men's. When he was East U21 team to the Barcelona International Hockey Festival under the name Robert Watsons Flying Circus, where they were undefeated. At the time Robert Watson was the President of Southgate Hockey Club.

Martin has been coaching in the Southgate Junior Section since 1998 and is well known to many of the players now in the adult section.