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Guernsey

Currently Playing In:

Isthmian Division One South

 
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I am extremely proud to say that I am a Guernsey International! Having represented the Island in their famous inter Island Murrati match and also in their Inter Island Champions club match for The Upton Trophy many years ago. I am extremely biased!

I make no apologies for my excitement regarding the success of the purely amateur and reasonably inexperienced Guernsey Football team that has achieved quite incredible success in the two seasons since joining the non-league pyramid.

A tiny island that can provide attendances in the thousands deserves success and a reward for the bravery needed to join The Combined Counties League with the extra administration, traveling and costs that are incurred.

The Guernsey Priaux League was always fiercely contested and during my stay I can remember playing in front of crowds of over a thousand. Being a small island it wasn’t always a good thing to be recognized by rival fans in the town pubs, but in general, the enthusiasm for football and the publicity we received was fair and quite staggering.

Entering a team to compete in the mainland leagues was extremely brave. It was understandable that the stalwarts of the well established old clubs might resent their players being lured into a permanent Island representative squad. However, Guernsey’s amazing achievement in completing their fixtures, was only possible through an impressive strength in depth of talent. This enabled the fixtures to be played, matches won and rewarded with an exciting promotion to the famous Isthmian League.

After the disappointment of losing their FA Vase Semi-Final on the 30th March,Guernsey had to complete twenty more league games in five weeks.

Their league record on 30th March   P22 W17 D3 L2   F 75 A 28 Pts 67

Five weeks later on 8th May P42 W30 D6 L 6 F 131 A 56 Pts 96

Their administration, organization, fitness and ability were all tested to their limits and everyone involved in the club deserved to enjoy all the excitement of looking forward to competing in The FA Cup and possibly The FA Trophy, as an Isthmian club .

The season will be tough, but everyone involved on and off the field has proved they can cope with pressure. Victories may not be so frequent but the fun of visiting new grounds, the challenge of playing better clubs and the excitement of some special cup ties, all add up to a fabulous season ahead for everyone involved.

I thought we created quite a lot of interest in Guernsey football when Colin Renouf, Gerve Brazier, John Loveridge, Arthur Pugh, Bonnie Eldridge, Noel Jefferies, Peter Mellor and Kenny Giles were at their peak, but I would suggest we would all have loved to have been involved in the modern Guernsey challenge.

Good luck to you all !

Tony Williams.

 

Club Factfile

Ground:
Footes Lane Stadium, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 2UL
Telephone:
01481 747 279
Directions:
The ground is located centrally in the island, is easily accessible with parking for several hundred cars in the immediate vicinity and on a regular bus route stopping immediately outside the stadium. It is approximately three miles north easterly from Guernsey Airport and one mile west from St Peter Port, the island’s capital.
Capacity:
5000
Clubhouse:
Yes
Record Attendance:
4,290 v. Spennymoor Town, FA Vase semi-final first leg, 23/03/2013
Most Recent Senior Honour:
Combined Counties League Division One 2011-12
 

Club History

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 YearLeaguePositionManager
best year2011-2012Combined Counties Division One1st Tony Vance
2012-2013Combined Counties Premier Division2ndTony Vance
2013-2014Isthmian League Division One South4thTony Vance
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