This is a UK thread for those brothers who played football in their congregation.
What were your experiences? Any interesting stories?
I loved this game growing up and played as often as I could. I always preferred to play footy rather than watch it, though I always watched the World Cup.
My home congregation did not organise football matches, preferring instead to join other local congregation's games.
Some of the brothers in the Worthing congregations (West Sussex) would organize a game after the meeting on Sunday afternooon. These were quite well attended and included brothers from the Littlehampton and Brighton area congregations. I went to a few of these games. Some brothers were very competitive and occasionally you would hear the odd curse word.
We would usually play on a pitch when these were available but sometimes the brothers would rent an indoor hall.
Brothers from the Chichester congregation played football on a large pitch near Selsey.
Football matches that I heard about but did not attend were played by brothers in the Horsham, Hailsham and Crawley congregations.
I don't know if the following is a rumour or not but I did hear that one of the Sussex circuits has or had their own football team for the best players. I was never able to confirm this though.
There was a rule that went into effect that said if you couldn't attend the meeting you couldn't play the game.