Tale of a life transformed

May 02 2017

FORMER football hooligan and now chaplain at Bristol Rovers Dave Jeal told his story to nearly 100 young people at Ignite Youth Group at Christ Church, Downend.

FORMER football hooligan and now chaplain at Bristol Rovers Dave Jeal told his story to nearly 100 young people at  Ignite Youth Group at Christ Church, Downend. 

Dave was convicted of malicious wounding in 1988 and, as a result, was banned for five years from Eastville stadium.  He also got into trouble Euro 92 in Sweden.

He told the group the change happened after he went to church with a girlfriend. He said: “I went to church and hated it. Two blokes came up and said they could pray for me. What went through my mind was whether there actually is a God or shall I nut this guy and knock him out. One of them then said, ‘If you turn to Jesus your life will change. All that hurt, all the anger, all the pain in your life will go’. So I just prayed with them  and everything changed.”