We have more than 60 young men keen to play football - and soon they can

Unicorn owner David Phillips has embraced the proposed end to lockdown restrictions which could soon lead to the Bognor pub’s three football teams returning to action.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 4:45 pm
Unicorn chairman David Phillips

Phillips, chairman of the High Street hotel’s two Saturday sides and a hugely successful Sunday football team, is delighted the government has given the green light for outdoor grassroots sport to resume from March 29.

“I couldn’t be happier as I always strive to give something back to the community and to have three squads totalling more than 60 young men enjoying their weekends by playing sport is extremely satisfying,” he said.

“The Unicorn Sunday team won a league and cup treble a few years ago and our goal at every level is to carry on flying the flag for Bognor.”

Phillips believes the imminent return to action is crucial.

He added: “We are the only Sunday side in the area which is a huge shame as it was not that long ago there were multiple divisions in the town let alone the district.

“Now they are all gone and we have to travel to play teams in Worthing, Horsham and as far afield as Brighton.

“This is a thriving seaside resort and we want to play our part in helping to keep it on the sporting map at every level.”

It is unlikely the leagues the Unicorn teams play in will continue after lockdown is lifted but Phillips is passionate about a return to football in some shape or form.

“Other leagues are looking at introducing a cup competitions with group stages leading to knockout phases rather like the Champions League and that’s a splendid idea,” he added.

“We would love to play some friendly fixtures as well so that the young men in the town can enjoy playing sport in the fresh air once again after an extended period of being stuck indoors.”