Rev Jonathan Jeffery, Chaplain to Portsmouth Football Club, talks about the new season
IT WAS a dream start to the new football season for Pompey fans at the weekend, wasn’t it?
The atmosphere in the ground was electric as Pompey ran out 3-0 winners and found themselves occupying second place in the League Two table come tea time.
There is a tangible sense of hope and optimism amongst supporters of the Blue Army this season and as club chaplain, I share the fans’ excitement, hope and optimism.
Pompey face a new campaign in League Two but it comes with great expectations.
The new manager in Paul Cook has got fans excited, as has the addition of several new players who have arrived over the summer.
The training ground is complete, season ticket sales have been great and the side is among the favourites for promotion.
We can rightly be thrilled by Saturday’s result in the curtain raiser to a new season which represents a fresh start and a fresh opportunity to climb out of League Two.
As a parish priest in Leigh Park and Warren Park, I also firmly believe in the excitement of a fresh start in our daily lives.
God, who has revealed himself as love through the gift of his son Jesus Christ, offers that new start through the power of his forgiveness.
Lives are transformed and the excitement, hope and optimism of a fresh start are freely given to those who ask for them.
It was a clean sheet and a fresh start for Pompey at the weekend and we’re all hoping that this is the start of a big season for the club.
But clean sheets and fresh starts aren’t unique to football – God offers each one of us a clean sheet and a fresh start every second of every day.
This season could be huge for Pompey but for each one of us, football fans or otherwise, asking God for a clean sheet and a fresh start could be the start of something even bigger.
Here’s to an exciting new season: Play up Pompey.