Kenya Team at First World Cup in Barcelona 1971. Ravinder Singh Laly is front row first right

Ravinder Laly


Ravinder Singh Laly

 Date and place of Birth 07.10.1952 in Nairobi, Kenya
 School Eastleigh Secondary School, Nairobi
 University Portsmouth University, England
 Club Sikh Union Nairobi
 Position Inside Forward; Centre Forward
 First U21 international 02.08.1970 v Uganda in Nairobi, Kenya
 First international 03.08.1970 v Uganda in Nairobi, Kenya
 Last international 19.03.1972 v West Germany in Nairobi, Kenya
 World Cup Barcelona 1971
 Hockey idol Surjeet Singh Panesar (Kenya)

Ravinder Singh Laly was born in Nairobi, Kenya and studied at Eastleigh Secondary School, Nairobi from 1966 to 1969. He played and captained the School Hockey Team. He played for Kenya Schools against India in Nairobi in 1968. He captained the School team in their match against the German touring team at their school ground in 1969. He played for the Combined Schools. 

He was selected to represent Kenya Juniors against Uganda Juniors on 2nd August 1970 in Nairobi. He scored four first half goals in Kenya 5 - 1 win and as a result of this performance was immediately selected for Kenya's senior team match against Uganda the following day in the East African Championship being played in Nairobi. Kenya won the match 2 - 0 and the 1970 East African Championship.

He was selected for the Test series against Pakistan later in August 1970 and from there he became a regular Kenya player whilst still at school.

He attended Jamhuri High School, Nairobi from 1970 to 1971 and captained the School team. He was the Sportsman of the Year there in 1971. 

He played for Sikh Union Nairobi, one of Kenya's top Clubs, until he emigrated to the UK in 1972.

He was selected to represent Kenya at the First Hockey World Cup in Barcelona, Spain in 1971 where Kenya finished fourth. He scored a field goal against Argentina in the pool match.

He was selected to represent Kenya at the Munich 1972 Olympic Games. He was in the 26 man squad that had trained at Kijanjo Police College (The High Altitude Athletic Training Camp for the Munich 1972 Olympic Games) in July 1972. He was selected in the 18 man squad announced on 30th July 1972 but dropped from the squad for citizenship reasons days before the squad departed for Munich on 10 August 1972.  

He went to the UK for further studies and graduated at Portsmouth University with a B Sc in Electrical engineering. He played for Havant Hockey Club, England from 1972 to 1979.

In 1974 he captained Sikh Union London team that toured Kenya and played in the M R D'Souza Gold Cup. The team reached the Final and lost to Sikh Union Nairobi (his former club).

He joined Slough Hockey Club in 1979 and was a member of the team that won the National indoor Championship that year and the European Cup Winners Cup in 1980.

He is currently the President of Slough Hockey Club.