Guernsey FC Starts Its Life In The Combined Counties League


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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7 Responses

  1. Liam says:

    Great story, article and photos. I would wish Guernsey good luck but, despite the coach’s let’s-not-get-carried-away comments, I suspect they won’t need it this season at least.

  2. Alex says:

    Big, big crowd for that level. With a catchment area of 70,000 people, I suspect Guernsey may well get up to the Conference eventually.

    I’m dubious about only using local players, though. I’d be surprised if that policy lasted…

  3. David says:

    There are similarities elsewhere. Lemlands IF, from the Swedish-speaking autonomous Åland Islands in Finland, have special permission to play in Division 7 Norra Uppland in the Swedish league system. The only way over to Sweden is by ferry. Similarly, those teams from the island of Gotland who play in the mainland Swedish leagues often have 11am home kickoffs to allow the visiting teams to catch the ferry back. The best of those teams, FC Gute, is in the 4th tier, which is probably slightly higher than the CCL.

  4. Dominic says:

    Excellent piece on something really unique. Curious about how clubs will afford the trips but hope it works.

  5. SW19 Womble says:

    Guernsey Donkeys running scared from getting another pasting from the mighty Jersey FC, that they go and join a foreign league :p

  6. HKP says:

    Very good article and only found it today! An update for you, GFC won their League in their first season and after nine games in the CCL Premier Division sit on top. But its a long season ahead and we are not getting ahead of ourselves. GFC have also entered the FA Vase for the first time and intend on entering the FA Cup next season. We were not eligible for the Vase last season and not eligible for the FA Cup this season. If we win promotion then a some work will need to be done on the ground but this seems to be in hand.

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