|Full name||Guernsey Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||The Green Lions|
|Capacity||5,000 (720 Seated)|
|Honorary President||Matt Le Tissier|
|Head Coach||Tony Vance|
|League||Isthmian League Division One South|
|2012–13||Combined Counties Football League Premier Division, 2nd (promoted)|
|Website||Club home page|
Guernsey F.C. is a community football club located in St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands. The club was formed in 2011 and became a member of the Combined Counties Football League Division One for the 2011–12 season. The proposal to establish the club and join the league was developed by the Guernsey Football Association in an attempt to offer the island’s senior elite players the opportunity to progress further and test themselves in the English non-league pyramid system.
The FNB Priaulx League, currently operated by the Guernsey Football Association, has been the top level of football on Guernsey since 1893. In addition, a Guernsey team has competed in the annual Muratti trophy against fellow Channel Islands sides since 1905 and at the Island Games since 1991.
In 2010, the league's representative team won the FA National League System Cup and, as a result, qualified to represent England in the 2011 UEFA Regions Cup. This was the catalyst which inspired the creation of an island team to compete in the National League System and in June 2011 the Combined Counties Football League accepted Guernsey FC into its Combined Counties Football League Division One. Level 10 in the English football league system. This makes Guernsey the first team from the Channel Islands to compete in mainland British football, and the club will be funding the cost of both its own and other teams' travel to and from the island.
Guernsey F.C. played their first game on 16 July 2011, a pre-season friendly against AFC Wimbledon, who joined the Combined Counties League in 2002, and were promoted to the Football League in the 2010–11 season. The game ended in a 6–5 win for Wimbledon. They won their first league game of the season 5–0 on 6 August 2011 at home to Knaphill, before drawing 2–2 in their first away league game at Hartley Wintney on 9 August 2011. Sky Sports came to Footes Lane to film Guernsey v Feltham FC 2-0 on 12 November 2011. Guernsey won nine consecutive home games in all competitions at the start of the 2011–12 season, before suffering their first home defeat on the 21 January 2012 losing 3–2 to Eversley. The club beat Bedfont Sports 7–1 on 24 March 2012 to win the Combined Counties Division One at the first attempt and gain promotion. League results: 2011–12 Combined Counties Football League.
Guernsey started their second League campaign in August when they played Croydon with an 8-0 win in the Combined Counties Football League Premier Division after securing promotion in the previous season. They also entered the FA Vase for the first time. Sky Sports returned to Footes Lane to film the Semi final first leg against Spennymoor Town F.C. on 23 March 2013. To get the pitch playable, a novel way to dry the pitch was tried, using a helicopter, copying an idea tried in Melbourne, Australia, 50 years earlier.
With 27 games postponed in the season due to Cup matches and the terrible winter weather, Guernsey were scheduled to play 17 games in April 2013, 23 games in 43 days. the last 4 matches of the season in 4 days. League results: 2012–13 Combined Counties Football League. Finishing the season in style, Guernsey FC earned promotion for the second season in succession.
Guernsey FC's entry into the FA Cup competition is confirmed, with certain conditions, including strict financial obligations, which have been alleviated with the 60Saviours campaign, whereby 60 individuals or groups pledge to support each game in the FA Cup and FA Trophy competitions. Their first ever FA Cup tie saw them beat Crawley Down Gatwick away in the preliminary qualifying round. In their maiden FA Cup season, Guernsey FC reached the second qualifying round but were knocked out by Skrill Conference South side Dover Athletic, losing 3-2. Although Guernsey FC were originally drawn at home, the match was played at Lancing FC, the headquarters of the Sussex Football Association.
|Full name||Footes Lane|
|Location||Saint Peter Port, Guernsey|
|Capacity||5,000 (720 Seated)|
|Record attendance||4,290 v Spennymoor Town F.C. 23 March 2013|
The team plays its home games at Footes Lane, a 5,000 capacity multi-use sports facility in St Peter Port, Guernsey. The stadium is also used as an athletics track, by the Guernsey Rugby Club and was a venue for the 2003 Island Games.
For the 2011–12 season, the team was composed of players from the seven senior teams of the Guernsey Football Association (GFA). The first player officially signed was the Guernsey national side's captain, Sam Cochrane. Following this, all twenty members of Guernsey's 2011 Island Games squad which earned a silver medal were signed. The club currently operates a squad rotation policy, allowing the players to represent their respective GFA league clubs when called upon. Channel Islander-born players are eligible to play for any of the Home Nations. Former England international footballer and GFC President Matthew Le Tissier signed up as a player for the 2012-13 season, with his first appearance on 24 April 2013.
Squad as of 30 December 2013:
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
The team is coached by Tony Vance, who also coached the Guernsey national football team until he resigned in December 2011, and is assisted by Colin Fallaize and Steve Sharman. The club’s physiotherapist is Mike Thomas and the consultant club doctor is Richard Weiler.
The club chairman is Steve Dewsnip and club secretary is Mark Le Tissier, brother of former England international footballer Matthew Le Tissier, who is the club's President. The club’s patron is Sir Geoffrey Rowland, the ex-Bailiff of Guernsey.
End of season awards
- Coaches' Player of the Season
- 2013 - Jamie Dodd
- Managers' Player of the Season
- 2012 - Sam Cochrane
- Players' Player of the Season
- 2013 - Jamie Dodd
- 2012 - Dominic Heaume
- Supporters' Player of the Season
- 2013 - Jamie Dodd
- 2012 - Ryan-Zico Black
- Outstanding Achievement Award
- 2013 - Nic Legg
- Goal of the Season
- 2013 - Ryan-Zico Black
- Golden Boot
- 2013 - Ross Allen - 53 goals
- Combined Counties Football League Premier Division
- Runners-up 2012–13
- Combined Counties Football League Division One
- Champions 2011–12
- Fair Play Trophy Winner 2011–12 
- Leading Scorer Trophy 2011-12 Ross Allen with 51 league goals
- Biggest league win: by 11 goals - 11–0 Crawley Down Gatwick, Isthmian League Division One South, 1 January 2014
- Biggest win: by 11 goals - 11–0 Crawley Down Gatwick, Isthmian League Division One South, 1 January 2014
- Worst league defeat: by 4 goals - 0-4 Ramsgate F.C., Isthmian League Division One South, 17 August 2013, 6-2Horsham F.C., Isthmian League Division One South, 14 December 2013.
- Worst defeat: by four goals - 0-4 Ramsgate F.C., Isthmian League Division One South, 17 August 2013, 2-6 Horsham F.C., Isthmian League Division One South, 14 December 2013.
- Highest scoring match: 6-5 Rye United, 4th Round FA Vase, 26 January 2013 after extra time, 7-4 Croydon, Combined Counties Football League Premier Division, 13 February 2013. 11–0 Crawley Down Gatwick, Isthmian League Division One South, 1 January 2014
- Highest individual scorer in a competitive match: Ross Allen with six against Crawley Down Gatwick, Isthmian League Division One South, 1 January 2014
- League consecutive winning games >7
- Combined Counties Football League Division One - 11 consecutive league games won 2011-12
- Combined Counties Football League Premier Division - 9 consecutive league games won 2012-13
|Season||League||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||Goals For||Goals Against||Goal Diff.||Points||Final Position||Seasons Average Attendance|
|2011–12||Combined Counties Football League Division 1||
|2012–13||Combined Counties Football League Premier Division||
|2013–14||Isthmian League Division One South||
|2011–12||Combined Counties EL Records Premier Challenge Cup||
|2012–13||The FA Carlsberg Vase||
|2013–14||The FA Cup||
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