A newly-formed club will become the first team from Jersey to play in the English football pyramid later this year.
Jersey Bulls FC, who are hoping to replicate what Guernsey have done, will be competing in the Combined Counties League One from the start of the 2019/2020 season.
A league spokesman said: “It is an exciting development for the League and its clubs as well as for Jersey Bulls. When Guernsey came in it was very much a step in the dark. It went well though and we now have that experience which should serve us in good stead if it all comes to fruition which certainly looks likely, especially as the Bulls have the support, not only of the Jersey Government but also the local Jersey League and the Jersey Football Association.”
The club will fly into Gatwick Airport for their away games as well as will pay costs for the travel and accommodation for all of the travelling oppositions.
Back in September of 2018, Guernsey chairman Mark Le Tissier wrote: “We were delighted to be able to offer support and advice from our experiences to Russell. We wish Jersey Bulls well and we look forward to the prospect of derby matches in the future.”
Jersey do have their own league which consists of 13 teams, split into two divisions.
Back in December 2015, Jersey FA submitted an application to UEFA to allow them to take part in international matches after Gibraltar were successful with theirs two years earlier. In October 2016, Jersey’s bid to join UEFA was rejected but went on to be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) the following year. A few months later, the CAS ordered the UEFA congress to hear the case. In February 2018, Jersey’s bid to become an international football nation was rejected by majority of the member associations of UEFA voted against.
We’ve taken a look back to when the news of Jersey Bulls’ application to English football was put forward last season, some are excited for a new potential away day, others however gave a mixed reaction on the plans and team name – check out those tweets on the next page.
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