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Chaplain’s Corner

11 months ago By Rob Overfield

Club chaplain Paul Barker's column from the Wealdstone game

There are not many football clubs, like today’s opponents, that just have the place of origin as the name of the team. Many teams have either Town, City or United, for example, added to the place they represent.

Calling a team Town or City is self-explanatory, but what about United? Being “United” means agreeing about something and acting together, according to the Collins dictionary. It can also mean the joining together to make a stronger, larger unit.

Football teams that have “United” in their name have not usually been formed by a joining of forces of one or more clubs, but as a reflection of their objectives to be harmonious in their approach towards the game. I am sure we can all think of a “United” club that fails to live up to that ideal!!

Even for the Towns, Cities, Rovers and even Boroughs of this world, the aim of any club should be to be united and to agree and act together. Without such unity makes trying to beat the opposition in front of you extremely difficult. In fact, teams are often defeated before they set foot on the pitch because of disunity in the dressing room.
Dowse and his management team hammer home to the boys the importance of supporting and helping team mates. No one player is more important than another. This has been reflected in the “Player of the Month” votes so far, this season, with no fewer than four different recipients of the monthly bottle of bubbly.

I think the level of unity among the current squad is very high at the moment. This is helped by the run of results we have had recently. But it is a great testament to Dowse’s leadership skills that he has managed to knit a bunch of lads together who come from all over London, from different backgrounds and only meet each other for a few hours each week.

The Christmas story has a lot to teach us about being “United” Mary and Joseph needed to be “on the same page” when it came to the birth of “God’s son” Then we had angels, shepherds and astronomers all united in their desire to come and worship the “New born King”. Three groups that you would never have thought could agree about anything!!

Unfortunately, the truth is, that this story often divides rather than unites in our world today. Some say it is no different to a bloke in a red uniform delivering gifts to every household on Christmas morning. While others celebrate the birth of a baby boy that was to change the world forever.

Which-ever camp you are in it would be good to reflect on these words from Psalm 133 as we approach the New Year:
How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity

I wish you all a peaceful and healthy 2018.

Updated 17:53 - 29 Dec 2017 by Rob Overfield

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