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No sex please, we’re football fans

Former Liverpool manager Bill Shankly famously said: ‘Some people think football is a matter of life and death

I assure you, it’s much more serious than that!’ Many a footballer has declared that scoring in the Premiership is better than having sex and women often state their preference for watching a football game rather than having a bedtime romp – though that may be because it takes a full 90 minutes and when a man gets tired they bring a fresh one on – and there’s 22 of them!

Seriously, though, whatever your take on sports, it is difficult to deny the spiritual lift that winning brings – and the very special fulfilment derived from being a part of a team. Teams are designed to achieve results wherever they are created; whatever the game. Just as on the football pitch different strengths and skills are blended to win, so also in the workplace and the community, teams are put together to complement personality and tactical nous with expertise, all under the expert marshalling of an insightful captain - and all with the ultimate goal of winning.

This month we are taking a look at mainly men – not exclusively so – and what they achieve in the sports arena. Surrey is now becoming synonymous with cycling, following the London Olympics and since then public participation has continued to grow – particularly among women, Jamie Chisholm of the Bike Beans Café in Ashtead tells us. Not only is Jamie looking forward to this year’s RideLondon Surrey 100 in August, but he’s enjoying Britain’s newfound supremacy on the ‘tour’ circuit.

It’s time to applaud the ongoing work of father and son team, Keith and James Sohl, who are continuing to build a post London Olympics sporting legacy second to none at The Sports Village, in Sutton. Latest news is that community football is up and running for youngsters lucky enough to live nearby – with the added benefit being that it will be run in association with Premiership club Chelsea. There could be a route all the way through from The Sports Village to Stamford Bridge for Surrey’s most talented kids…

Our ‘men’s’ issue, of course, has to feature a pin-up pop star for all you mums. This time we feature James Blunt as he prepares to launch the 2014 series of Epsom Live! Concerts, in July.

Chris Wood is resident composer with Guest House Opera and editor of Epsom, Sutton and Cheam Time & Leisure.