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Newly-formed club hoping to be the first Jersey side to play in English football

A newly-formed club are hoping to become the first team from Jersey to play in the English football pyramid next year.

Jersey Bulls FC, who are hoping to replicate what Guernsey have done, by applying to compete in the Combined Counties League One from the start of the 2019/2020 season.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Bulls’ director of operations Le Feuvre said, as quoted by BBC Sport: “Jersey Bulls FC provides the inspiration for footballers to play at a high level, it will showcase Jersey and raise the profile of the island.”

“We are confident the model we have created is sustainable and that our own due diligence, combined with that of the Jersey FA, Combined Counties and FA Leagues Committee, will ensure the future success of the club.”

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.”

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.

 

Social media users have given their thoughts to the news, 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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