Club chaplains always have to be on top of their game
Who would have thought it? The men of God play a big part in the lives of our soccer teams, with every club in the Irish Premier League bar one having a chaplain.
Their job is not to pray for victory - that's up to the fans and the manager - but to care for the personal and spiritual needs of the players and their families.
Theirs is not an evangelical mission, but rather a support in times of crisis. And it happens even in the English Premiership, where Mammon is God for many. The chaplains show that their work is not confined to church on Sunday. They have to be at the top of their game everywhere and every day.