Making Memories

Grrrrr…It felt like leaving a football match. Heading down the steps to the exit at the final whistle we were shouted at by several home fans (who in fairness, were old enough to know better!) with jibes about how they had just beaten us and finished top of the league. “Have fun in Exeter” they mocked. Smug. Teasing. Taunting. Ridiculing. I’ve been there so many times on the football terraces; giving and taking in fairness.

Going to Edinburgh first mate” I smirked back. BOOM! Take that. “Enjoy your weekend off” Smug. Conceited. I wasn’t proud of myself…but hey, what is sport without a bit of banter!

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A Munster Away Day

“IT’S YOU…YOU TWO FECKERS…IT’S YOUR FAULT…After I showed you around Dublin this morning as well, you pair of Feckers…How dare you beat us like that!”

Ben and I were sat in the quiet departure lounge at Dublin airport on Saturday evening when the voice came bellowing across from the entrance to the lounge from the security area. The guy was carrying a Munster flag, wearing a red shirt and a huge smile as he laughed the words out.

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Wem-Ber-Lee…Wem-Ber-Lee

Let’s start with a big thank you to everyone who sponsored Ben and I on our walk to Wembley from Allianz Park, between us we raised nearly £300 for University College Hospital Cancer Fund, collectively the efforts from Sarries fans raised over £15,000 I’m led to believe. Brilliant.

The walk itself was very enjoyable, the result of the match was perfect…but there’s something not quite right about the annual Wembley circus when Saracens play Harlequins.

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More than one way to skin a cat

I never dreamt that one day I would ever be jealous of a football team that play in pink.

Back in my Chesham United supporting prime, my early 20’s – no responsibilities, no family to support and no kids to bring up – we had some fantastic days. At times my views and opinions, especially in some of the fanzines produced, did not go down particularly well, but as supporters I think we forged some pretty good relationships that epitomised non-league football.

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Walk to Wembley

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.

Big Ron is coming to town…

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  alan.calder@cheshamunited.co.uk. 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!

Wuss That All About!

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?

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