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London Titans Enter Sunday League
Report by Ed Connell
Having won back to back gay national league titles and now with almost 60 members, Titans felt ready to progress their football to the next natural level – FA affiliated football. So this year Titans have entered a team into the Sportsman’s Sunday League.
The Sportsman’s League squad is made up almost entirely of the players from last year’s GFSN league winning squad. This squad is now managed by Ed Connell with assistant Chris Maughan.
However, the decision to enter an FA affiliated league isn’t just about playing more football. Titans are firmly behind the FA, Kick It Out and the GFSN’s campaigns to tackle homophobia in football.
Ed Connell, who is also campaigns officer for the GFSN and member of the London FA’s Equality Action Group said that “although we recognise the role and need for gay friendly leagues, we also recognise that one of the best ways to tackle the issue is to compete in mainstream football. We hope, along with teams like Stonewall who have been competing in affiliated football for a number of years, to promote diversity and challenge prejudice.”
As a consequence of the above, the GFSN squad has a new look to it. Chris Felton, who previously managed one of the Club’s LUL teams, has become the new manager. There have also been big changes in terms of personnel. Most of the squad for the first game of the season were making their GFSN debuts. Despite these changes, the manager remains confident – “there is no reason why Titans shouldn’t be looking to record a record breaking third successive league win.”
In addition to the Sportman’s and GFSN leagues, Titans will also continue to have a team in the London Unity League, thereby offering competitive football to all their members.
All three teams will continue to play some of their home games at The Beveree, the home ground of Hampton and Richmond FC. London Titans FC have been playing home games at the Ryman Premier League ground for the last few seasons and as a mark of the relationship, Hampton have added Titans to their club signage.
The Sportsman’s League team won their first game of the season 7-1 against Battersea Elite. The GFSN team won their first game of the season 3-0 against last season’s cup winners Yorkshire Terriers. Results which bode well for an historic season for the club.
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