The Competition

The second year for the ThoughtShift Charity Football Shield was a smashing success. Bringing fantastic Brighton businesses together for a brilliant day of football. RocketMill, Plus Accounting, iCrossing, Trusted Housesitters, ABN Amro and Seed Publicity made the competition a wonderful day.

Limbering up before the event the teams were looking on good form. Knees creaking, the smell of deep heat wafting through the air along with a sense of anticipation as the teams eyed up the competition.

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Tournament photo left to right; (back row) iCrossing; Trusted Housesitters; Seed Publicity; RocketMill; (front row) ABN Amro and Plus Accounting.


First match on pitch 1 was RocketMill v Seed Publicity. RocketMill scored the first goal of the tournament and Seed Publicity the first win with the result 1- 2.

Trusted Housesitters v ABN Amro kicked off proceedings on pitch 2 which concluded in a 0-0 draw.

Warming up on the side-lines were 2018 champions Plus Accounting and returning tournament veterans iCrossing.

Plus Accounting played ABN Amro next and won in a tight game 2 – 1.

iCrossing came up against Seed Publicity taking the win with a 3 – 1 result.

With the first few games of the tournament out of the way, form had been sized up and game plans were being stratergised. The competition was heating-up and the gloves were off.

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ABN Amro v Plus Accounting
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Seed Publicity v iCrossing
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Trusted Housesitters v Plus Accounting
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RocketMill v ABN Amro
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A very determined Seed Publicity v Plus Accounting

The Final

The afternoon sun shone and as the supporters lapped up the rays. The players were getting hot and bothered as the games intensified with some excellent football from all sides.

With title holders Plus Accounting being knocked out in the semi-finals. Trusted Housesitters and iCrossing were through to the final and both teams could taste victory.

It was an intense game as they battled for the title. The crowd was behind both teams all the way. Trusted Housesitters played a fantastic game, but iCrossing wasn’t going to give up easily. As the game ended on a draw taking it to penalties iCrossing snatched the title, winning on penalties and just pipping Trusted Housesitters to the post.

Player of the Tournament was awarded to Doug from Trusted Housesitters who the referees all agreed played outstanding football throughout the tournament.

Everyone played brilliantly. Sore muscles, fantastic camaraderie and most importantly Brighton businesses coming together to raise money for a fabulous charity, The Clock Tower Sanctuary.

All to play for in the final iCrossing v Trusted Housesitters
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The Final iCrossing v Trusted Housesitters
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iCrossing in goal during the tense penalty shootout
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Trusted Housesitters in goal during the nail-biting penalty shootout
The winners
Elated 2019 tournament champions iCrossing
Having a beer
Trusted Housesitters Doug Bennett won Player of the Tournament

The Big Win

We are thrilled to announce the event raised a combined total of £1,398 for the charity. There is still an opportunity to those who would like to make a donation to do so on our JustGiving page.

A massive thank you to the lovely Gopak team for supporting our event and providing us with an awesome folding table for our refreshments and trophies.

Holding up the charity shield
ThoughtShift Charity Football Shield Winners 2019, iCrossing

Here’s to April 2020

We are thrilled to announce next year’s tournament will be April 2020. Now you know all about the event and why we are so passionate about bringing the Brighton business community together to raise money for the vulnerable. Why not enter a team for 2020?

If you’d like more information on the event, please check out the website or drop me an email

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