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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