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Chaplain’s Corner

1 year ago By Rob Overfield

Club chaplain Paul Barker’s latest message...

Recently several of the footballing media and press have described Spurs as “Kane United”. In other words, they are a one-man team and can’t win a game without the star striker. It is fair to say that Spurs are more likely to win with Harry “he’s one of our own” Kane in the starting line-up.

Mauricio Pochettino, the Spurs boss, was upset by these comments, but He was quick to point out that his side had managed to win quite a few games last season when Kane was forced out through injury. “Poch” acknowledged that any team would be the poorer for not having one of the game’s best strikers available for selection. He also pointed out that other players had made a considerable contribution to Kane’s goal tally this season.

Kane, himself, also praised the contributions and efforts of his team mates. Although he has his own personal ambitions and targets he does need the help of others. The manager picks the team and decides the tactics and other back room staff help paint the “bigger picture”.

My dad always used to say that one player doesn’t make a team, which is quite right. When certain players are unavailable through injury or suspension the manager needs to look at his wider squad to pick the right replacement. It’s all about the “bigger picture”.

As one man doesn’t make a team, so one result doesn’t define a season or a single season define the club. A good run of results will affect the final standings come April. This is then the platform to build on for the next one.

Here at H&RBFC Dowse and the directors are looking not only at how the first team are performing, but set their sights wider to include the academy, youth and ladies’ teams. They want to build a club that the local community can be proud of. Those in charge now may, or may not see their vision fulfilled, but they are setting the club on the right path for the future. It’s all about the “bigger picture”.

There is a short book in the Old Testament about a woman called Ruth. Following the deaths of her husband, brother-in law and father-in-law she decided, to accompany her mother-in-law, Naomi, who wanted to return to her own country. Naomi pleaded with Ruth to stay with her own people, but Ruth was determined to stick with her.

Ruth eventually remarried and from there you can trace her descendance right up to Mary and Joseph, Jesus’ earthly parents. Ruth’s actions certainly played a great part in the history of mankind.

During our time on earth God has a role for each one of us to play in the history of this planet. We may never know how significant our contribution may be, but it’s vital that we play the part that we are given to the best of our ability. We are ALL part of the “bigger picture”!!

Paul Barker
Club Chaplain

Updated 07:00 - 9 Nov 2017 by Rob Overfield

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Vase action instead? If Bognor tomorrow is too far, how about Walton & Hersham in the FA Vase tonight?
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