“Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.”
― George E. Woodberry
by Paul Harraby, Account Manager and footballer (ish)
The inaugural Broadplace Charity Shield in aid of Rainbow Trust, kicked off at 6:30pm Greenwich Meantime on a cool damp night in Tolworth. Brave committed men looked each other in the eye across the synthetic turf and devoted themselves to thunderous end-to-end action. To the victor: the spoils. To those defeated: the bitter tinge of regret and what ifs.
Captained by the seasoned Tom Graham, the Sales Force team rallied after a poor start. The Account Managers started like hounds from the gates of hell, playing with the poise and presence of Greta Garbo. The team looked sure and true, however the adoption of an aggressive Kloppian-press tired bodies and minds allowing Sales Force a foothold, and that’s all they needed.
With cool hamstrings warmed they grew into the game, distributing the ball with cool, clinical efficiency. Danny Lad stepping into the fold made his first ever appearance on a football pitch and he gave his all. His display led to one passer-by commenting:
“He’s no Bruce Grobbelaar, but he ain’t half bad!”
Rob became the pass master and he gave more passes than an AQA GCSE Assessment Board. An unerring relationship developed with Tom Graham, who took Danny Lad’s place in goal. Soon they were in the lead and pulling away for the Account Managers.
With 15 minutes to go and three goals up, the outlook for the Account Managers looked bleak. Stirring words from Senior Account Manager and Captain, Jamie Ludlow, led to the AM’s fighting back and stringing four consecutive goals. The game – on a knife edge – was then taken away by the Sales Force in the last 5 minutes, as their fitness and talent told. With Marcus showing the ruthlessness in front of goal that only Filippo Inzhagi in his pomp could ever better.
Ultimately a brilliant game with a brilliant turn out. Massive thanks to Tom and Matt for organising the match and spearheading the game and everyone else for playing their part. Money was raised for our charity partner, Rainbow Trust, and that was the best part.