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Saturday 2nd November 2013 ko 10.30

Middlesex County League Premier Division

SINGH SABHA SLOUGH 2 (Riaz 31 L Ferdinand 68)

BRITISH AIRWAYS 3 (McAuley 5 62 Murphy 71)

Att 83

Entry FREE

Programme £2

2 Samosas and a tea £2.50

I wish Tony Incenzo would organise more of these Middlesex morning kick-offs, and yes I’m aware Slough isn’t in Middlesex! The format is simple enough, a programme is always produced, then its up to the hopper where to head afterwards, there is after all around two-and-a-half hours to get somewhere!

Singh Sabha were possibly the most interesting club featured thus far. Formed in 1977 the club were originally called FC Lions, but changed name when they came under the wing of the local Sikh temple, Sri Guru Singh Sabha Slough. Last season they played at Eton Wick’s old ground, but for this season moved to the Falcon Centre, Stoke Poges Lane. The ground was bought by the temple and was purpose-built, ready for the start of this season.

By anyone’s standards, its an excellent facility, as much community centre as sports hub. The club don’t lack ambition either, the Chairman’s notes state the club wants eventually to play in  “The Professional Football League.” There’s certainly room here to expand and if you think their aims are fanciful, there are no lack of clubs who started their existence as being attached to a religious order. A decent example would be Everton FC who were formed in 1878 as St Domingo’s FC, from the parish of St Domingo’s Methodist Church, in Liverpool.

The club made an excellent impression on their visitors. I love it when a club introduces a little of the culture to proceedings, so the samosas were as delicious as much as they provoked a little thought as to who we were watching. The possibilities are endless, Tony is there a Chinese team in the league…..?

The game was entertaining too, with Slough answering British Airways goals twice, but just falling short when perhaps a draw would have been a fairer result. And yes the scorer Liam Ferdinand, is related to the likes of Les, Anton and Rio Ferdinand. Mind you he must be a distant relative….. he’s white!