The heroes of '88: Great Britain stunned the Seoul Games. But where are they now
23:13 GMT, 8 August 2012
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In Seoul, 24 years ago, Great Britain’s hockey men won Olympic gold for the only time since the war. Sean Kerly scored a hat-trick in the 3-2 semi-final win over Australia, then another goal to add to Imran Sherwani’s double in the final as West Germany were beaten 3-1.
Sherwani’s clincher led to BBC commentator Barry Davies’s immortal line: ‘Where were the Germans — but frankly, who cares’ Now with their 2012 successors on the verge of emulating the feat, Sportsmail reunites the boys of ’88…
Golden boys: Imran Sherwani and Sean Kerly show off their medals
'It was like the worst dental appointment.'
The build-up to the semi-final was huge. The Australians had won everything in the other group and we’d just about come second in ours. They were the form team, the world champions, world No 1 but hadn’t performed at the Olympics and so were under pressure.
We went 2-0 up and were still jumping around when they scored. It got tense, they got stuck in and equalised. We were exhausted and thinking we had maybe thrown it away. But I turned to Richard Dodds, the captain, with about 15 minutes to go and said: ‘We are not going to lose this game.’ From that moment on we turned it round. We managed to get the third goal and win.
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Done and dusted: Sherwani hit the crucial third Done and dusted: Sherwani hits the crucial third
'I just pegged it.'
We were so confident. I did feel we were going to win. The first goal in the final was the ice-breaker.
I was not well known as a goalscorer but Steve Batchelor and I were feared because we would take players on down the wing.
I remember it almost like it was in slow motion. I stopped the ball, saw the German defender coming out towards me, so tucked it inside. Then I noticed that the German goalkeeper had committed himself too early and was in mid-air when I pushed it.
On TV it doesn’t look like it’s going in, but I was behind it all the way and knew it would.
As for the third goal, I was on our own 25 when David Faulkner chipped the ball down the right and I just pegged it to the edge of the circle.
The timing was such that as Steve flung it across it looked like I had an easy put in.
But I had actually sprinted the length of the pitch. It’s very vivid in my mind.
Barry Davies (commentator)
'I was biased but I think that’s forgivable.'
I get reminded of it a lot. The boys have invited me along to reunions they’ve had. They’re a great bunch.
I never doubted during the final that they were going to win. The doubt came in the semi-final, which was the better match and showed Sean’s determination to get them out of trouble. He scored quite a remarkable goal.
The line that everyone seems to remember from the final came out of simplicity. I wrapped up the goal, gave credit to Steve Batchelor and Imran Sherwani and then I thought to myself: ‘Where on earth were the German defence They were cut to ribbons.’ As I was thinking that, I thought, ‘Who gives a stuff!’
It’s about trying to find words for the moment. It had a resonance somehow. I was biased but I think that was forgivable. You’re bound to see the game through Great British eyes. I didn’t understand at all until we got back to England and people started to talk about it.
Then: 1988 hockey team
1 Ian Taylor
Then: Teacher and veteran goalkeeper who carried flag in Seoul Now: CEO of British Ice Hockey Super League
2 Russell Garcia
Then: Became Britain’s youngest Olympic gold medal winner, aged 18
Now: Resigned from being head coach of Scotland last year to relocate to Germany
3 Jon Potter
Then: Calming defender who was ever-present in Seoul Now: Partner with US business strategists McKinney Rogers
4 Stephen Martin
Northern Irishman was brought on late in final to ensure he won gold
Now: Chief executive of Olympic Council of Ireland. MBE
5 Imran Sherwani
Then: Dynamic winger who scored twice in the final
Now: Hockey coach and financial adviser
6 Martyn Grimley
Then: Put his career as a teacher on the backburner to play midfield in South Korea
Now: Coach at Brooklands Hockey Club in south Manchester
7 Jimmy Kirkwood
Then: Twice-used substitute forward now: Corporate manager for HSBC in his native Belfast
8 Kulbir Bhaura
Then: A bronze medallist in 1984, the only game he did not play in Seoul was against his native India
Now: CEO at London sports retail outlets, including Pantheon Sport
9 David Faulkner
Then: Blond full back who would win that year’s hockey writers’ award
Now: Performance director for England Hockey, overseeing men and women
10 Paul Barber
Then: Vice-captain and stalwart with five Seoul goals
Now: Runs his own construction company in the West Country
11 Richard Leman
Then: Added gold after winning bronze in ’84 and being named player of the year
Now: Established own recruitment agency and is GB Hockey president
12 Richard Dodds
Then: Inspirational captain of the team from midfield Now: Orthopaedic surgeon at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading
13 Sean Kerly
Then: Goal-getting forward and semi-final hat-trick hero
Now: Runs a graphic art and marketing agency in Kent
14 Steve Batchelor
Then: Three-time Olympian winger played in all seven games at Seoul Now: Housemaster at Cranleigh School, Surrey
15 Robert Clift
Then: Bank official by trade, played in midfield Now: Co-head of restructuring at Barclays
Now: GB hockey team