It used to be said that for any sports person to be selected to represent their country was the pinnacle of their career. I am not so sure that is the case anymore. For some time, there has been a club v country debate, especially when a player returns from international duty with an injury.
Top footballers are paid vast sums and the stakes are high in the top leagues, so when one of their star employees arrives back at his club unfit there is some understandable anguish. With the final international break taking place just before the final “run in” clubs that have players away on international duty will be hoping they all returned unharmed.
I am sure any player who has been selected to wear their country’s shirt is proud to do so, especially when they hear their national anthem being played. In times past players were happy to continue representing their country until no longer required. Now they “retire” from international duty!!
This comes back to the club v country debate. A...
We are delighted to announce that the National league have recognised all the work that Les and Lesley Rance do for the Beavers.
The citation reads...
Les and Lesley Rance of Hampton & Richmond Borough have won February’s Volunteer of the Month for the Vanarama National League South.
Les and Lesley both retired last summer and have since devoted a large part of their time to the club.
Lesley (pictured right) helps with community liaison; visiting local organisations, such as schools, to strengthen ties within the community. This includes arranging for parties of youngsters to experience a match day at the club, where she can then be found on the turnstiles.
Husband, Les (pictured left) is equally recognisable as he will be at the main gate, welcoming players, officials and any visitors. In addition, he has the role of Deputy Safety Officer, where Les can be found on match days setting up the ground with barriers, signage and clearing any...