BBC Sport - Holcombe hockey: Why are England's best in the second tier?

Hockey stars join second tier club

BBC Sport looks at big-spending Holcombe, the second-tier hockey club dividing opinion within the domestic game.

In 2013, England captain Barry Middleton became one of a number of internationals to drop out of the Premier Division and sign for Holcombe, a small club based in Rochester, Kent.

With ambitions to climb to the top of the domestic game, the club altered their spending strategy from focusing on facilities and youth to attracting the country's best players.

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