8th of April 2021
“Mr Basingstoke” is Back Behind the Bench for 21 / 22The Basingstoke Bison are pleased to confirm that Assistant Coach Tony “Tosh” Redmond will be back behind the Herd’s bench for the 2021 / 22 season.
“Hot on the heels of the announcement of Coach Tait’s extension, keeping our coaching duo together was paramount for the growth and continuity of the club”, commented Bison’s John Neville.
Tony Redmond commonly known as “Mr Basingstoke” is one of only 3 players whose jerseys have been retired by the organisation, arrived as a wee lad in Hampshire during the summer of 1992 and has made Basingstoke his home. Tosh played 11 seasons for the Herd as well as icing for other local teams Bracknell, Guildford and Slough prior to retiring from playing at the end of the 2013 / 14 season.
In the summer of 2018 Coach Tait persuaded Tosh to return to the Herd where he has been ever present since, commenting on Tosh’s return Coach Tait said,
“Tosh agreeing to return is a great news for the organisation and means we can continue from where we left off. Being a player coach means you need to trust the decisions being made behind the bench whilst on the ice. Tosh and myself have very similar views in many areas and that means I can concentrate on playing when necessary and know full well that Tosh will make the right decisions during games and practices”.
On being back behind the bench again for the new campaign Tony commented,
“I’m very happy to be back and I’m really looking forward to the season ahead. We have unfinished business and hopefully we can bring back some silverware to Bisonland.
“I’d also like to thank my family for once again giving me the support to continue in my role and finally to the fans, its been a long 12 months and hopefully we can all see some light at the end of the tunnel so in the meantime please stay safe and lets hope come September we can be doing what we do best being loud, noisy fans in our packed out barn.
Keep your eye on our official club website and social feeds as we continue to build for a new and exciting season of NIHL National League hockey …