It is with great sadness that I have to pass on news of the death of Ian Barrett. Ian died whilst visiting his son in the Philippines. He took ill and died there on Friday 16th September aged 65.
Ian, as everyone knows, was larger than life and formed many lasting friendships within the hockey fraternity. His father recognised his son’s talent and the need to join a leading club. He joined Hounslow in 1963 as a 17-year-old playing mainly at outside left soon making it to the first eleven. He eventually captained the first eleven for two years in the mid 70’s.
He was a regular with the Ladykillers side playing against the Services sides, University sides and also at the annual Folkestone Easter Hockey Festival. He played many times for Middlesex and was a member of the side which won the county championship in 1977.
It was his outstanding indoor international career for which Ian will be best remembered. With David Barker at Hounslow he forged such a great partnership that they became the first choice pairing for the England Indoor side for a number of years. He was the main short corner striker for England in late 70's and scored a record 86 goals in 44 internationals. His goal tally has only ever been surpassed by one other England player
He hadn't been seen in hockey circles in recent years at LK's as he had moved to Aberdeen to be nearer his family.
He has been cremated in the Philippines and his request that his ashes be scattered in the North Sea will be carried out by his family at a private ceremony.
He is survived by sons Matthew (Philippines) and Laurence (Aberdeen) and by his two daughters Georgia and Maxine who live in Amsterdam. Our thoughts are with them at this time.
– Freddie Martin
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