She captained the England team in 1972 and was the first English woman to gain 100 caps. Crowds enjoyed her attacking style, cheering every time she got the ball. She also played football and when Sir Matt Busby watched her play for Preston Ladies he said if she’d been a man he would have signed her for Manchester United.
Born Valerie Walsh in Accrington, she took up hockey when she was 14.
She became the first working class girl to be capped by England when she won her first cap in 1963.
She taught PE in Ellesmere Port, where she met her husband, rugby player Gwyn Robinson. In 1980 she also opened a residential hockey centre.
Val Robinson born November 18, 1941 died February 13, 2022