Baby boom at Binfield FC after four players become new dadsBy Jon Nurse
October 25, 2012
Four amateur footballers have been scoring on and off the pitch after a baby boom at the club.
Binfield FC’s Paul Shone, Garry Callaway, James Suarez and Jemel Johnson have all become first-time dads in the last three months.
Manager Mark Tallentire said: “There must be something in the water. It’s intriguing – the timing all connects with nine months ago when we were on a great run winning things.”
The first team enjoyed three derby wins last Christmas as they marched towards lifting the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy and Hellenic Floodlit Cup at the close of the season.
The dads are now trying to juggle priorities as they’re out three times a week at training and games.
James Suarez, 26, and wife April, 26, celebrated the arrival of Javier in July, he said: “It’s been brilliant, life-changing.
“I announced first we were expecting back in January, then a week later Paul said he had an announcement. Garry said he had news a few weeks later and then Jemel came in the summer and said he was having a baby as well.”
Striker Jemel, 25, who joined the team from Thatcham in the summer, said: “Sarah and I came knowing we were having a baby, but when we arrived to find others were expecting I thought ‘surely not’. There were a few weeks when we were waiting for waters to break or for a face to be missing from the changing room.”
His son Theo was born three weeks ago and treated in intensive care at John Radcliffe hospital for a week after he had trouble breathing.
“We had a bit of a shock in the beginning but it’s all okay now,” he added. “I might change my celebration – maybe I could do a T for Theo.”
Centre half Garry Callaway, 30, and partner Helen Burgess, 28, welcomed baby Chloe three weeks ago, while Paul Shone, 31, and wife Samantha, 31, were blessed with baby Bronte in August.
“Football takes priority,” Paul joked. “It’s a really exciting time.”
His wife added: “The first month was very hard, but after eight weeks it’s getting a bit easier. Paul’s really hoping he’ll become a footballer.
“He’s already got him a little ball and makes him kick it saying ‘come on, use your left foot too’.”
Jemel added: “I think we’ll be pushing them to be footballers. You could come back in 20 years and they’ll all be here in Binfield shirts.”
Mark added: “It’s fantastic for everyone involved. We are a family club and it’s added to that profile.
“They are all responsible lads and will be good fathers.”