Ten years have flown by. The big day is almost upon us and the time has come to make final preparations.
Anyone is invited, regardless of how many games you have played in the past. It just would be so good to see all your faces again.
There are two parts to our 10th anniversary celebrations.
THE BIG GAME (1:30 PM)
We will be returning to the scene of our very first game, Regents Park, for a very special Reds v Blues game. Rain or shine, this will happen. No problem if you haven’t played recently, taking part is more important than skill, flair or fitness. We will play on grass so adjust your footwear accordingly, although you’ll probably can get away with turning up wearing trainers or clogs.
If your body is not up for playing then you are more than welcome to cheer us on, or more likely, to point and laugh at all the stupidity going on.
As is customary at Regents Park, we don’t know which pitch we play on until the day. The plan is to turn up at the Hub (the circular building on the little hill near the pitches) between 1 PM and 1:30 PM. I’ll need a hand to collect the nets and corner flags. The aim is to kick off as soon as we have two full squads, as it is getting dark earlier and earlier and we don’t want to have to abort the game because of fading light. If you are running late you may have to look around the pitches to find us, as once we kick off I can’t answer my phone any more. When the game is finished I’ll need a hand again to return the nets and corner flags.
THE BIG PARTY (4 PM)
Once we’re all done with the football it is time to rest the legs and get all nostalgic, reliving those days of yore. I have booked the upstairs room at The Windsor Castle (98 Park Road, NW1 4SH) which can be found on the edge of the western side of the park. The pub is located less than 5 mins walk from Baker Street, so it’ll be easy to get home from, even if you decide to stay until closing time. During the party there may be awards, there may be a cake, there may be impromptu speeches, there even may be one or more special guests. If you have ever been to one of the DiS awards nights you’ll know what to expect. Feel free to suggest anything else we can do the make our celebrations even more fun.
The pub does serve food, including a Sunday roast and the usual selection of burgers and chips. I haven’t ordered anything in advance, but if a lot of people are keen to eat you should let me know, so I can put the kitchen on notice.
Link to the location of The Pub
As is traditional, I will be collecting a fiver from everyone who participates in the game. But, as this is a special celebratory edition of Reds v Blues, all proceeds will be donated to Stand Up To Cancer, so all players are encouraged to be a bit more generous if they can afford it: https://www.standuptocancer.org.uk/
I do need to know in advance how many people will be turning up, both for the football and for the party. Please let me know if:
- I want to play football
- I want to watch the football
- I want to party party party
Hope to see you all on the 25th!