City show community spirt is key

Chichester player rush to celebrate with goalscorer Julian Boniface (center face partly hidden).
Chichester player rush to celebrate with goalscorer Julian Boniface (center face partly hidden).

CHICHESTER City Football Club joint manager Sean Forrey believes the Oaklands Way outfit is showing they can be a real assist to the city – highlighted by a special night at the club on Monday.

The evening saw City edge out Worthing United at home in a 1-0 triumph thanks to Julian Boniface’s goal, but it was about more than just the football for Forrey’s men.

The match, which was sponsored by Dartagnan Menswear, was made admission free and was to support the local charity Give4Beth.

The charity was originally launched to raise funds for Beth Chiddle – who has Cerebral Palsy – to undergo a life-changing operation, and has since moved on to help others in the same way, including Kiri Clevett.

There were representatives collecting money for the charity, which raised £450, and both girls were mascots on the evening, which also saw the Shooting Star cheerleaders perform before the match and DJ Stewart Noise, from Chichester University, taking over PA duties.

Forrey said: “Monday night was an important occasion for the club as a whole. I think it showed that we have moved on from the troubles of recent years and are beginning to demonstrate our ability to become a real asset to the city of Chichester by forming partnerships within the local community, involving others and using our resources to support worthy local causes, exactly as we have this week.

“The atmosphere in the ground was tremendous and it was great to see so many old and new faces there. We just needed a good performance on the pitch to make it a perfect night and the lads did not disappoint.

“Their effort and commitment matched the occasion and the win was well deserved. I was very proud of the club and the players.”