London United and Daggers Trust
‘Support the NHS’ Football Competition
Fourteen of London’s professional football clubs’ charity organisations (CCO’s) are members of London United. During lockdown, London United wanted to show its support of the NHS and agreed to organise a number of local 6 a side competitions for NHS workers. Those local rounds between teams from all the NHS Trusts across London have been held recently with the winners being selected to represent their Trust at a grand final later this year.
The local competition held by the Chelsea CCO took place at Stamford Bridge, other events have been held at CCO bases and the Daggers Trust joined with the West Ham Foundation to host two evenings of competitions at the WHU FC Foundation headquarters in Beckton.
The Men’s event was held on the Tuesday evening where 8 teams played each other to select who went thorough to the finals. The women’s event was held on the Friday when 5 female teams took part.
The two teams representing the Daggers are the men from the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, ‘The Pototters’ and the women from Barts Health NHS Trust, ‘Barts Ballers’.
New Daggers Trust "Thank You NHS" football shirts.(See left) have been especially commissioned for both our teams.
The finals were scheduled to take place at Brentford FC Community Sports Trust on 26th June but have been postponed because of the latest COVID 19 restrictions. We hope that they will eventually kick off at the start of September.
Both the Club and the Trust intend next season to recognise the outstanding contribution of the NHS, not only during the pandemic, but at all times.
Members of the BHRUH NHS Trust have offered to assist the Daggers Trust with projects in the, future, including teaching players, coaches and school children how to carry our CPR. A very relevant topic in light of what happened at the Euros recently.
out rounds in their local areas. The Daggers Trust joined with the West Ham Foundation at Beckton to select their teams and after two closely fought evenings of friendly competition, a women’s team from Barts Hospital, Whipps Cross and a men’s team from the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust were chosen to represent the Daggers in the finals.
On Sunday 5th September the teams gathered at Gunnersbury Park in West London for the finals, with teams from all the professional clubs across the Capital. Work commitments unfortunately prevented a few of the women’s teams from attending on the day, but overall the competition was an outstanding success. Staff members of the Brentford FC Community Trust organised the event, other clubs played their part providing photographers and additional resources. The Premier League supplied the PL Trophy for selfie opportunities. The tournament was watched over by West Ham, Chelsea and England legend Joe Cole, with his namesake Carlton Cole and many others there to support their teams.
The Daggers Men (Pictured above from left to right) consisted of Chris Wiseman, Richard Jones, Mihai Goidescu, Lee Harris, Luca Comisi, Omar Farooqui and Matt Birch. The men, resplendent in their especially produced team kit, started shakily in their first match versus Brentford FC, giving away a goal directly from the kick off. They never recovered in that game and eventually lost the tie 3-0. They fought back well in the rest of their first round games, only dropping points to their nearest rivals Spurs and hammered QPR 4-0 in the last match to go through to the semi-final on goal difference. In that game they beat Whittington Hospital, representing Arsenal FC, 1-0 and lost narrowly to Brentford in the final 1-0, by a ‘lucky deflected goal’.
The trophies were presented by Joe Cole. The Daggers Trust would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved and especially all members of staff from not only the NHS pan London, but all the emergency, social and care staff for their magnificent effort over the last 18 months across the UK. We hope to see our team of footballers and their colleagues at a home game later in the season.