Tag: Guernsey FC

Guernsey FC: Mission Accomplished At The End Of Season One

At the start of the season, Andy Ollerenshaw was kind enough to tell us the story of Guernsey FC, the first club from the Channel Islands to take a place in the English football pyramid. They have had a very successful first season in Division One of the Combined Counties League, and Andy has kindly returned to fill us on their progress over the last nine months or so. On Friday 4th May 2012 Guernsey FC lifted the Combined Counties League (CCL) Premier Challenge Cup in front of over 500 travelling Guerns. Their 2-0 extra-time win against Colliers Wood United was the icing on the cake for what has been a quite remarkable first season of football for the new club. I wrote about their inaugural CCL Division One fixture for Twohundredpercent back in August 2011, and their achievements in the subsequent months have already left an imprint in the record books. The statistics are impressive. Guernsey FC won 31 of their 34 league games scoring a staggering 138 goals; they lost only twice, to Eversley and Spelthorne Sports. Their closest challengers were Bedfont Sports, who finished some 11 points behind; it was therefore fitting that Guernsey FC’s victory in March against the runners-up (a 7-1 thumping in front of a record attendance of 2,143) was the win that secured the title. They completed the double when they lifted...

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Guernsey FC Starts Its Life In The Combined Counties League

A new club has started this season, playing in the Combined Counties League in front of four-figure crowds. Andy Ollerenshaw and David Bauckham found themselves on the mother of all away trips, to see Guernsey FC’s first ever league match. Saturday 6th August 2011 is a date that will forever grace the history books and non-league football records. At the Garenne Stadium on Footes Lane in Guernsey, newly formed Guernsey FC played their inaugural competitive league match, the first time a team from the Channel Islands has played in the English football league pyramid. Guernsey’s opponents for their opening Combined Counties League Division One fixture were Knaphill. The match drew much attention from local press and even some national interest. The majority of the coverage, however, concentrated primarily on Guernsey’s historic day and their ‘comfortable’ 5-0 victory, but the story is more than that alone. A Guernsey FA representative ‘national’ team has competed for the Muratti Vase, a tri-team competition alongside Alderney and Jersey, since 1905 and also enters the biennial Island Games. With little more than irregular knockout matches on offer, Guernsey Football Club was founded in 2011 to provide the island’s best footballers with an opportunity to play regular competitive football outside the Channel Islands. In November 2010 Guernsey first approached the Combined Counties League (CCL) with a proposal to join their Division One which operates at...

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