OCTOBER - 2020
Suicide Prevention Charity CALM Walk
Football Fans United (Against Suicide) including life long Tooting & Mitcham United FC fan Steve Mears are doing a sponsored walk to raise money for the
Suicide Prevention Charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) on Sat 24th Oct 2020.
They will be walking approx. 20 miles across London, taking in 6 Football Clubs that have personal meaning to the group
(Wembley Stadium, QPR, Fulham, AFC Wimbledon, Tooting & Mitcham and Crystal Palace) and in celebration of the positive impact on mental health that being part of your local football community can have and the sense of belonging and identity this can evoke.
The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide.
Every week 125 people in the UK take their own lives. And 75% of all UK suicides are male. CALM exists to change this and aims to take a stand against suicide.
CALM do a fantastic job in offering support to people & their families needing help at a critical time.
To support Football Fans United (Against Suicide) and CALM please donate via their Fundraising page: www.lost-hours.co.uk/fundraisers/FootballFansUnitedAgainstSuicide
More information on CALM: www.thecalmzone.net/
St George’s Hospital Charity partnership with Tooting and Mitcham United FC
Left to right- Ciaran Kelly, Mohammed Al-Wasity, Trustee, St Georges Hospital Charity, Amerjit Chohan, CEO, St Georges Hospital Charity, Chloe Roberts, fundraising & events coordinator, St George Hospital Charity, Emmeline Pinnon
We are pleased to announce the partnership between St Georges Hospital Charity and Tooting and Mitcham United FC (TMUFC).
St Georges Hospital has a close relationship with TMUFC, playing a part in the lives of many of the club's players and fans. TMUFC’S 3G pitches are regularly used by teams from St George’s medical school and the mental health department for matches. Additionally, the club has supported the Charity in raising funds at a comedy night fundraiser back in September 2019.
The relationship has grown from strength-to-strength thanks to the generosity of two TMUFC supporters. In April 2020, TMUFC launched a very successful crowdfunding campaign to help the club while it was closed during the height of the Coronavirus pandemic. Subsequently, supporters Ciaran Kelly and Emmeline Pinion purchased a ‘Friend of TMUFC’ package to support the club. As part of this package, Ciaran and Emmeline received a business advertising opportunity at the club which they generously donated to St George’s Hospital Charity to raise awareness of the Charity and how it is working to help patients and NHS staff at St George’s and Queen Mary’s hospitals, and the wider community.
The package includes advertising via the club website, social media posts, a pitch-side banner, and a profile in the programme. The club then decided to strengthen the relationship further by featuring the St George’s Hospital Charity logo on the first team kit shorts as well as fundraising via bucket collections throughout the season. In return, St George’s Hospital Charity hope to support TMUFC by sharing the NHS discount on match tickets with NHS staff, using their connections to assist with their community engagement and collaborating on future events together.
Both TMUFC and St George’s Hospital Charity are very excited about the opportunities that the partnership will bring, particularly in bringing our local communities together.
Amerjit Chohan CEO at St George’s Hospital Charity said: ‘When Ciaran contacted us, we were very touched that he chose to use this opportunity to support his local hospital and our local NHS heroes. During these unprecedented times, we are seeing so many acts of kindness in the hospital and our community and would like to thank Ciaran and Tooting and Mitcham United FC for this opportunity.’
Caroline McRoyall, Chair at Tooting and Mitcham United FC said: It is thanks to the generosity of our supporters that this opportunity has arisen to bring both organisations closer together and we look forward to working in partnership over the season..
For further information contact: Chloe Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org
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September round up!
We have managed to get a full month of competitive action under our belts for the first time since February and, after a rocky start, September ended on a positive note with back-to-back victories to kick-start our campaign.
Organised football had returned in August, behind closed doors, with the usual round of friendlies but things really got going in September as we tested ourselves against higher level opposition, and with fans allowed to return (in limited numbers), as we made trips to Merstham and Carshalton.
A Tuesday night visit to the former saw us put up an encouraging display despite falling to the only goal of the game scored early in the second half by a home side featuring several Terrors old-boys. On the following Saturday we made the short visit to Colston Avenue and once again acquitted ourselves well, going down by the odd goal in five to the Robins who should feature in the promotion mix from the Isthmian Premier Division. After trailing by two at the break, we made a good fight of it in the second half and goals from new signings Mark Waters and Kelvin Adjei might have forced a draw but for a superb long-range strike that clinched it for our hosts.
After a final ‘closed doors’ friendly on the back pitch at Imperial Fields against Haywards Heath (a 4-1 defeat about which the less said the better!), we entered competitive football with a bang on 12th September in an FA Cup Preliminary round tie; a south London derby against Fisher, and a (reduced capacity) sell-out crowd in sumptuous late-summer sunshine. Unfortunately, the visitors were ultimately more inspired by the atmosphere than a young home team and after an entertaining 2-2 draw prevailed on a penalty shoot-out to send their impressive travelling contingent back to the docklands in good heart.
The following week, we had the perfect opportunity to put that disappointment behind us as we played host to Hertford Town to open our quest for league points; having beaten our opponents away from home on the opening day of the previous (curtailed) season, we had high hopes of a winning start. That optimism lasted for about half an hour, the length of time it took for the visitors to open up a two goal advantage. Despite Jake Rose’s free-kick goal on the stroke of half-time, and the lion’s share of the second half possession, we were unable to fashion an equaliser as the Blues took the points back to Hertfordshire.
Seven days later we made the arduous journey to AFC Dunstable in the FA Trophy and returned with an impressive victory after goals from Waters and debutant Kesna Clarke, who stepped up from the U23s and came off the bench to net the last minute winner.
We rounded off the month with a trip to Ashford Town (Middlesex) and claimed our first 3points of the campaign thanks to impressive strikes from Rose and Dontai Stewart, with a clean sheet kept to boot.
Elsewhere in the division, the opening day threw up another surprising result as much-fancied Ware went down in a goal-fest at Staines, who struggled throughout the last campaign (despite the 4 points they took off us!). A topsy-turvy game saw the home side take an early lead, but depart at the break 2-1 down after the visitors hit back. Two goals in three minutes midway through the second period enabled the hosts to bag the points and get their season off to a positive start. Ware followed this up with another five-goal thriller away from home - this time at Bedfont Sports, and this time they emerged on the ‘right’ side of the scoreline, despite having to come from behind twice.
The fledgling leaders in the division, as the month ended, were Westfield - the only team to win twice. They bagged an impressive seven goals, for the loss of just one, in beating Northwood at home (3-0), and Chipstead away (4-1).
Chipstead themselves propped up the table, having also gone down to defeat at Bracknell in their opening game. The Berkshire side, who should be in contention for promotion, also picked up a useful point away to Uxbridge, last season’s surprise package, to stake their early claims in third place.
Sandwiching them and Westfield were second placed Marlow who opened with a draw at Barking (2-2) and a thumping home win over Staines (3-0).
Our win at Ashford left us handily placed in sixth; early days, of course, but with fellow play-off hopefuls Bracknell Town and Waltham Abbey due at Imperial Fields in October, along with an intriguing FA Trophy tie with Glenn Tamplin’s Romford there will be plenty of mouth-watering action to savour in the month ahead.