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Chaplain's Corner

By HRBFC Press Team

Club chaplain Paul Barker shares his thoughts ahead of last Saturday's match against Gloucester City

EMILIANO SALA 31st October 1990 – 21st January 2019

I guess most if not all of us have heard of Emiliano Sala, who so recently lost his life in a tragic air accident. But I wonder how many had heard of the 28-year-old before this January’s transfer window?

Sala was born in Cululu, in Argentina, on 31st October 1990. He played his youth team football in his homeland, before moving to Portugal, where he played in the regional leagues. He was spotted by French club Bordeaux, for whom he made his debut in February 2012. He eventually arrived at Nantes in the 2015-16 season and remained there until his £15 million transfer to Cardiff City just a few short weeks ago.

The story has been well documented across various media platforms. The tragedy was met with an equal outpouring of grief on both sides of the English Channel. The Nantes supporters were mourning a player they had watched for the past three seasons, whilst their counterparts in South Wales had lost someone they had never seen wear their shirt.

Thousands of miles away, in Argentina, were Sala’s family. To them he was much more than a £15 million footballer. They desperately wanted to find out what had happened. Although they were hoping that worst had not happened, I guess it was with a sense of relief that Emiliano’s body was eventually found in the plane wreckage on the sea bed.

It must be very strange for all at Cardiff City, who still have to pay for a player, who will never represent them and the players of the club have lost a team mate they have never played with.
Manager, Neil Warnock, at the age of 70, even wondered if he would be able to carry on. Yet on this tide of emotion the team has just produced their first top flight back to back wins since the early 1960’s. Didn’t someone once say, ”Funny old game!!”

Of course not every tragic accident or incident gets the same amount of coverage as one that involves a Premier League footballer. Around the world each and every day folks lose their lives in unforeseen circumstances. The result is lives that are often cut short.

None of us know when it will be time to meet “our maker” which is why the Psalmist asks Him to “Teach us to number our days aright”. In other words make the most of each day, as life is short.

Paul Barker
Club Chaplain

Updated 11:54 - 20 Feb 2019 by HRBFC Press Team

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Beavers back in action after cup progress Hampton are back at the Jezzards Beveree on Saturday for the fourth successive match as they host Gloucester City in a crucial match for both sides.


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