It was 6am, the players where tired from getting up so early. Some of them had camped there the night before while others wanted to sleep in the beds for one more night and got up super early to drive to lancing college.
Although they had there sleepy heads on, there were filledwith excitement they were taking part in the longed game of continuous football ever played.
They would have to play continuously in order to accumulate breaks could be from 1 hour up to 8 hours. The players were put into four groups and given a time table so they knew when there breaks where. There was food provided on site and they were given meals from cereal to jacket potatos. During the times when they where on pitch they would throw them energy bars and water. There was also a medic tent where they would give them physio Therapy.
From Thursday to Saturday the only people who were allowed there were volunteers, family and friends. As volunteers you could be given a responsibility, it could be writing down all the goals and what time they happend, checking there was more then seven players on the pitch at a time or simply guiding people into parking spaces. The support from family and friends is what helped them to keep going.
Day 2, we had mildly bad weather it rained from 2am until 12/1 pm and then became very sunny. This was the first time the players had to play in the rain but by the afternoon they where still in good spirt.
Day 3 was terrible weather. From midnight until 4pm it rained, thundered and lightning continuously. The rain came down very hard, it tore a whole in one of the tents and water logged some of the pitch. By the afternoon the boys began to get tired and grumpy and the pace of the football game began to slow down. Colin, oli and sonny who were all players of team United got caught up in this.
Sunday was the open day, the public could come and watch to cheer the players on. There was stuff for them to do such as bouncy castles, ferret racing and food stalls. The weather was also lovely and sunny. This helped pick the boys spirt up, with people family and friends cheering them on .
Bank holiday Monday was the last day. Lots of people came down to watch and they changed into fresh kit. There was lots of Tv cameras there interview the players. The atmosphere was positive and the player where feeling motivated to finish. After 3pm they had matched the world record and balloons where released to celebrate. They where all allowed a half hour break and most of them went over to family and friends.
They aimed to play until 6pm. The last game was more competitive and energised. Players tried to hit the targets for amount of goals scored. Oli, who played for the blue team scored 1000th goal and the last goal of the game.
At around 6:10 we counted down in seconds for the game to finish. The boys ran to the middle of the pitch and sang there football song, while more balloons were released and prosecco was being opened and sprayed eveeywhere. After this a singer from Britans got talent sang a song while the players stood on top of the the double decker bus.
Next the had there photo taken by the double decker bus that had big photos of Matt, Jacob and Matt. Such a proud moment, it was realisation for some of the players that they had done it, and not only had they done it but they had done if for charity and in memory of their friends / family. Graham, then gave the signal for all the family and friends to join. There was lots of tears at this point and the atmosphere was a unreal sensation.
The players really did do amazing. They played when they were soaked from the rain, had limited sleep, were in pain and achey. All in the aid of chairty and in memory of Matt and Jacob who lost there lives in the shoreham airshow disaster and Matt who died from a heart attack.