Imran Sherwani

1986 Men's Hockey World Cup Field hockey at the 1988 Summer Olympics England men's national field hockey team

Imran Sherwani
Personal information
Full name Imran Ahmed Khan Sherwani
Born (1962-04-09) 9 April 1962 (age 58)
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England

Imran Ahmed Khan Sherwani (born 9 April 1962) is an English former international field hockey player.

International career

Sherwani won gold with the Great Britain squad at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. He played on the left wing, and scored two of the three goals against West Germany in the 1988 final, making a significant contribution to the match. In a BBC Sport article Imran Sherwani was quoted: "When we got back to Heathrow Airport it was bizarre for a hockey player to walk out to hundreds of cheering people. You see it with rugby and football but not usually hockey."[1]

He also won silver with the England squad at the 1986 World Cup in London.[2] Sherwani was capped 45 times for Great Britain and 49 times for England.[3][4]

Club career

Sherwani started his career at North Stafford Hockey Club.[2] He has also played club hockey for Stourport,[5] Stone[citation needed] and Leek.[1]


As well as coaching at Leek,[2] Sherwani has served as Director of Hockey at Denstone College in Staffordshire.[6][7][8]

Personal life

Sherwani was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, and is of Pakistani descent. Ever since he played in his first match at the age of 14, Sherwani dreamt of playing in the Olympic Games. His father played hockey for Pakistan and his great uncles played football for Stoke City and Port Vale.[2]

Sherwani worked as a policeman, but had to leave the Staffordshire Police force as his training programme became heavier, so to get by he became a newsagent like his father.[2] He later worked as an independent financial adviser.[2]

He also has links with Cannock Hockey Club, where his three sons played.[2] Sherwani was selected as one of the torchbearers for the 2012 Summer Olympics torch relay.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Where were the Germans? BBC Sport, 2 July 2004
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Local heroes BBC Stoke and Staffordshire, 13 October 2008
  3. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Imran Sherwani". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 15 December 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Remembering the boys of 86". Sports Journalists' Association. 17 October 2006. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Sherwani inspires Stourport". The Independent. ESI Media. 18 January 1993. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  6. ^ Olympic Gold Medallist Opens Cannock Community Fire Station Archived 3 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine Staffordshire Fire Service
  7. ^ "Hockey at Denstone". Denstone College. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Hockey: Olympic gold medalist Imran Sherwani impressed with pitch at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre". Newham Recorder. Archant Community Media. 6 January 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2018.