I have lost count of the conversations I had with Andy Leese over the years discussing the fact that things are “coming to a head” and, one way or another, the end is nigh.
The forthcoming walk to Wembley has got me thinking about the previous sponsored walks I have done to football matches with Chesham United and some of the superb memories I have…with the over-riding memory from each being the final comments of “NEVER AGAIN.”
Fundraising is never easy nowadays, so many people are doing great things, each with their own story and weblink to make sponsoring easy; yet as friends, families and work colleagues we rarely get around to actually clicking through and making the effort. It’s a real shame, but an accepted reality. Does that stop us trying? Of course not, so please don’t give up on this article just yet!
On April 8th my son, Ben, and I will be joining other Saracens supporters on a sponsored walk from Saracens’ Allianz Park to Wembley for the derby match between Saracens and Harlequins, raising money for the ‘Tackling Cancer Together’ campaign which is all about tackling the impact that cancer can have on patients and their families at University College Hospital.
Now I know there are, sometimes justified, cynics out there that see this sort of fundraising as an excuse to get sponsorship for something you were going to do anyway, but hopefully by sacrificing our more luxurious routine and putting a bit of effort in to think about others by walking, rather than train or driving, others will spare the time to show their appreciation for our effort by sponsoring us. There is no personal gain for Ben or I, we still pay for tickets to the match and we will join the queues to get the train home in the evening after the game.
If you are able to back our efforts, you can sponsor us by clicking here.
Chesham United are delighted to be welcoming Big Ron Atkinson to the newly refurbished The Chess Suite on the evening of Thursday 20th April 2017.
Without a doubt these are excellent evenings, whoever the speaker is, so when we get an absolute legend like Big Ron, it is simply not to be missed!
Ron Atkinson is an English footballing legend. Not short of an opinion, ‘Big Ron’ mixes the funny side of football with advice from a career that saw him play over 500 games for Oxford United before starting his managerial career at Kettering Town. From there he went on to manage WBA, Manchester United, Atlético Madrid, Sheffield Wednesday, Aston Villa, Coventry City and Nottingham Forest. As a TV pundit Big Ron became renowned for developing his own language that became known as ‘Ronglish’ – A witty and humorous night is guaranteed in the newly refurbished clubhouse at Chesham United FC.
Although these events are fundraisers for the club, there is an element of risk as, bluntly, to get great names like Ron Atkinson, does involve a financial commitment, so we are really looking for bums on seats, and once we have that, the evening looks after itself. A big thank you to those that help out behind the scenes – It can’t happen without you!
Compering and entertaining throughout the evening will be the amazing comedian Jed Stone – Jed was our host for the Graham Gooch dinner a few years back and did a cracking job, he could not be more helpful to us as organisers (our PA was broken and, like magic, he pulled one out of the boot of his car!), and was absolutely hilarious on the night.
To book your place call the club on 01494 783964 or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are £55, or you can book a table of 10 for a discounted £500.
Guess what? We have already sold three tables and the event was only booked today!
I’m very aware of the fact that my Sarries supporting days have coincided with a phenomenal period in their history when winning has become a habit…to a ridiculous level. However, I’d look to defend myself from any glory-hunting tag by virtue of the fact that I did come to the party just BEFORE the glory really started. In fact, I could argue that I am more of a lucky charm than a glory-hunter?
With Christmas approaching it seems a good time to stretch out the blogging fingers and share a few sporting thoughts about what has been an excellent start to the sporting season for both my egg-chasing Saracens and infuriating Chesham United.
Another season is now well underway, and still I look to keep my passion for both Chesham United and Saracens burning bright. Last season’s FA Cup run will live long in the memory with Chesham United, but the trip to Lyon with Saracens reached new sporting peaks, making the decision to purchase a season ticket for a third year all a bit of a no-brainer.
Continue reading “A flying visit to Toulon”
So now that we have established this site is officially wearing two hats, I’m still not going to completely separate my passion for two sporting teams, and I’m sure the pendulum of enjoyment will continue to swing, and one day Chesham United will take centre stage again. However, as the respective seasons draw to a close, it remains the red and black of Saracens that wins my attention.
It’s been a while….and quite a lot has changed.
Throughout the season I referred to the fact that the threat of the other woman – rugby, in particular Saracens – was in danger of coming between myself and a lifetime love affair with Chesham United. Surely it is impossible to comprehend that the passion, the pride and the raw emotion that is felt watching Chesham could be replicated when watching a load of huge blokes chase around an egg-shaped ball following more overscrupulous game rules than anyone could possibly ever pretend to understand? Continue reading “The Divorce Has Come Through”