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Chaplain's Corner

By Rob Overfield

Club chaplain Paul Barker's thoughts ahead of the Wealdstone game

Waiting for the announcement of a team’s starting line-up is all part of the build-up before a game. Usually about an hour before kick-off the team news comes through and it is then analysed by “experts” and supporters alike.

It may be that the team has picked itself due to a good run of results, so there is no need to make any changes. The reverse is also true when the manager makes wholesale alterations to correct his team’s fortunes.

Before the manager makes his team selection there are several factors he should consider. Firstly, who is available. Players may be injured or suspended, which straight away restricts his choice. Then, form. Who has, or, has not, been performing up to the expected standard, in matches and in the training sessions during the week. There may also be other circumstances the manager should consider, such as the opposition or the condition of the pitch, before making his final choice.

Those who discuss the team that has been selected may not be aware of all the facts that led to the decisions that have been made. Why is he playing instead of him? Why is he playing in that position? Does the manager know what he is doing? These are often questions that get bounded about. At the end of the day, it is the manager’s choice!!

Gut instinct often has a part to play. Who is right for this match? As Gary Mc watches the boys during training sessions he looks out for little signs. Who is just going through the motions, or who looks up for it this week. He then discusses his options with the rest of the management team, before making his selection.

Gary has talked in some of his post-match interviews of players making the wrong choices during games. Of course, footballers are not the only people who make poor decisions. I guess we can all think of time when we’ve got it wrong. Throughout our lives we have decisions and choices to make. Some are straight forward, others are more complicated and require a great deal of thought before your choice is finally made.

The Easter story is a fine example. At the beginning of week before Jesus’ crucifixion most of the crowd were on His side. He rode into Jerusalem to ecstatic scenes, but by Friday most had changed sides and were shouting for Him to be executed.

The rulers of the day had the power to set Him free, as they did not know what offence He had committed. They had a choice. We also have a choice regarding Jesus. Is the Biblical account just a myth or did He really conquer death by rising again three days after His burial? The choice is yours, make sure you make the right one.

Updated 20:04 - 17 Apr 2019 by Rob Overfield

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