Stanley Shoveller

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameStanley Howard•Shoveller
Used nameStanley•Shoveller
Born2 September 1881 in Kingston Hill, Greater London, England (GBR)
Died24 February 1959 in Broadstone, Dorset, England (GBR)
AffiliationsHWHC, London (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


Stanley Shoveller, often called “Shove”, was known as “The Prince of Centre-Forwards” and was widely regarded as the “W. G. Grace of hockey.” He is the only Briton to win two Olympic hockey gold medals. He was firstly a member of the England team that won the tournament at London in 1908 when he was the second highest scorer with seven goals. Eight years later at Antwerp, he struck gold again and was top scorer when he scored 10 of Great Britain’s 17 goals. In 1922 he published a book about hockey.

Shoveller was educated at Kingston Grammar school and was one of the pioneers of hockey at the school and in 1897-98. He joined Hampstead Hockey Club at 18 and was selected for Surrey a year later. Shoveller won the first of his 29 England caps in 1902 and captained the side for more than 10 years until his retirement in 1921 at the age of 40. He scored 76 goals for England.

Shoveller became a successful City stockbroker on the London Stock Exchange. He served as a Captain with the Rifle Brigade 33rd London Regiment during the first world war and in 1915 was awarded the Military Cross.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Hockey GBR Stanley Shoveller
Hockey, Men (Olympic) England 1 Gold
1920 Summer Olympics Hockey GBR Stanley Shoveller
Hockey, Men (Olympic) Great Britain 1 Gold