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FC Not Alone x CALM World Cup 2019

Rhian Brewster, Kevin Stewart, Junior Eldstål, David Vujanic and Ruth Fox all took part in the 2019 FC NOT ALONE x CALM World Cup in Aid of Mental Health.

“The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. Our goal is a life less miserable for you, your friends, your family and for all men.”

FC Not Alone have made a commitment every year to raise funds and awareness of CALM with our football tournaments. All funds raised through the entrance fees of teams & the Just Giving page will be donated to CALM.

Going into this year’s tournament, we did things a little differently and decided to make a spectacle of the live tournament draw. There was a lot of hype as FC Not Alone Co-Founder Matthew Legg hosted the tournament group draw alongside David Vujanic LIVE at the Classic Football Shirts London store on Brick Lane. 

Banter was flying as all the captains tuned in to see who their team would be facing on the day. The manager of Slight Edge Parry sat quietly spectating as analysed the playing field (more on why this is important later).

Saturday 15th June was here. 36 teams all made their way to Market Road to leave it all on the pitch for the coveted golden (plastic) trophy.

There were teams created and players taking part in tribute to loved ones who are no longer with us. We were touched by some of the stories that were shared with us and the bravery that was shown on the day as friends and family members stepped out onto the pitch in honour of someone who had fallen.

London Gorillas were the reigning champions and favourites going into the tournament. However rumours quickly circulated around the Market Road that a team full of pro players had entered. We headed over to pitch 6 to investigate where  Sex Drugs and Graham Poll, Junior Eldstål & Ruth Fox’s Out On Bale FC, The Basement (Basement Approved), Ben’s Groundsmen, Tabs FC and Slight Edge were all playing.

Upon investigation, we noticed a very speedy Rhian Brewster tearing it up for Slight Edge alongside team mates Kevin Stewart, Shaq Coulthirst, Lawrence Vigouroux and Jashuan Chamberlain-Gayle to name a few. Just a Slight Edge then…

Rhian Brewster in action

Photos by Hassan Joof

It was of no surprise that the eventual winners of the 2019 World Cup were indeed Slight Edge and they created many a memorable moment on their way to lifting the trophy. Kevin Stewart scored an absolute worldy goal which had resemblances to Gareth Bale’s wonderful volley for Tottenham against Stoke City in 2010. 

Slight Edge, CALM World Cup 2019 Winners

Photos by Hassan Joof

The moment of the tournament however belonged to London Gorillas goalkeeper Adam Chester (AKA Chester The Cat). Fresh off a penalty shootout defeat to The Basement, Chester was asked to play in goal for Team Maths and within minutes Chester pulled off the save of the tournament denying a tasty Rhian Brewster volley at point blank range.

We have uploaded all of the photos from one of the photographers of the day Hassan Joof here on our Facebook Page.