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I Pray Before I Play – Says Joel Ward

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I wouldn’t be in the Premiership without my faith

Crystal Palace defender Joel Ward has become a mainstay of the Eagles setup. But he admits that without his Christian faith he would not even be a Premier League footballer.

Ward spends the summer off season in a Nordic cottage with family and close friends, taking the opportunity to connect deeper with his faith in God. Faith in Christ is real for the wing-back, who kneels to pray before every game.

He says, “It’s to have a bit of a still moment. It’s nothing overly spiritual or crazy. I like to give the glory to God and that’s my way, before the storm of the game comes. I would not be in the position I am if it wasn’t for my faith, and for that I am blessed. I count myself privileged.

“Without a doubt my faith has helped me. From a young age, especially, I went about football in an un-conventional way.

“There was that big gap, three games a month for Portsmouth that I couldn’t play in because they were on Sunday mornings and there was church.

This article was taken from the February 2020 issue of Direction Magazine.

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