Jasbinder Chana, standing 1st left with Barford Tigers indoor team at Crystal Palace Finals night, January 1995

Jas Chana


Jasbinder (Jas) Singh Chana

 Date and place of Birth 15.09.1970 in Kampala, Uganda
 College Matthew Boulton College, Birmingham
 Club Bournville
 Playing position Defence
 First England U21 cap 25.03.1989 v Netherlands at Amstelveen
 Last England U21 cap 01.09.1991 v Ireland in Belfast
 Junior World Cup Ipoh 1989
 Hockey idol Shabaz Ahmed (Pakistan)


Jaswinder (Jas) Singh Chana  was born on 15 September 1970 in Kampala, Uganda. His family emigrated to the UK in 1972 following the expulsion of Asians during Idi Amin's political regime.

He started studying at Lozells Primary School Birmingham before moving to Handsworth Wood Boys School where his hockey career started. He played for the school team and Handsworth Eagles Hockey Club. He then went to Matthew Boulton College, Birmingham for further studies and joined Bournville Hockey Club where his talent really blossomed.

He earned his first England Under 21 outdoors cap when he was selected to represent England against Netherlands at a 3 Nations Tournament at Wagener Stadium, Amstelveen on 25 March 1989. He played left back and went on to win twenty one Under 21 caps and scored four goals. He also represented England Under 21 indoors squad.

That same year he was selected for the Junior World Cup played at Ipoh, Malaysia.

He was a member of Great Britain team that won the Gold at World Students Games in Sheffield in1991 beating Germany in the final.

In 1990 Jas moved to Cannock Hockey Club, winning the National league in 1996 with the Club and also playing in the European Club Championships.  He played for the Club until 1997.

He played indoor hockey for Barford Tigers Hockey Club. He was a member of the team that won the DTZ International Hockey Tournament and played in the National Indoor Finals Nights at Crystal Palace on many occasions and finishing as runners - up in 1995.

He also represented Staffordshire County in the National County Championship and had short stints with Leamington Khalsa Hockey Club and Wednesbury Hockey Club, before taking on the role of coaching Juniors at Barford Tigers Hockey Club.

Jas died in Birmingham, UK , following a short illness, on Tuesday, 21 February 2017.  He was aged 46.