Footes Lane

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Footes Lane
Full name Footes Lane
Location Saint Peter Port, Guernsey
Capacity 5,000 (720 seated)
Record attendance 6,000 4 July 2003 (Island Games Football Final)
Surface grass
Tenants

Guernsey Island Amateur Athletics Club[1]

Guernsey RFC[2]

Guernsey F.C.[3]

Footes Lane is a multi-use sports stadium in Saint Peter Port, Guernsey and is the main sports venue on the island.[4] It has a capacity of 5,000 with 720 seated.[5] The stadium is the national stadium of the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

Usage[edit]

The stadium is used for a number of sports and is used by the rugby union team, Guernsey RFC who play in National League 3 London & SE[6] and the stadium also hosts Guernsey's annual Siam Cup games against Jersey Reds[7] when the match is played in Guernsey.

The stadium also hosts association football and hosted a Hampshire Cup match in 2010 with Guernsey side Guernsey Rangers defeating Hamble 4–2.[8] It is the home ground of Guernsey who play in the Isthmian League Division 1 South.[9] The team's first competitive match against Knaphill F.C. ended in a 5–0 win to Guernsey.[10] In addition, the ground from 2003 to 2009 hosted Guernsey's Muratti games before the future games were moved to The Track due to fans complaining that the presence of the athletics track between the grandstands and the pitch put the spectators too far away from the game action. It is also noted that Guernsey did not win a single Muratti while playing at Footes Lane.[11]

The ground is also used for athletics as seen by the running track around the outside of the pitch.[6] Footes Lane in addition hosts the annual Guernsey Marathon[12] and was also used for the athletics events at the 2003 Island Games.[13]

In addition, field hockey is also played there, mainly hosting Guernsey's representative team.[14]

Grandstand[edit]

Footes Lane's grandstand was completed in time for the 2003 Island Games at a cost of £1.2 million.[15] Within its first year of construction it won a Civic Trust award for architectural design.[16] Additional club and function room facilities were added in 2011.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Club - GIAAC". GIAAC. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  2. ^ "Location - Guernsey RFC". Pitchero.com. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  3. ^ "Guernsey F.C. Club History". Guernsey F.C. Retrieved 2011-08-09. 
  4. ^ "In Pictures - Footes Lane". BBC. 2008-10-14. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  5. ^ Bradshaw, Andy (2005-04-07). "Muratti:Your Island needs you!". This Is Jersey. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  6. ^ a b "Guernsey Rugby Club promoted despite narrow defeat". BBC News. 2011-04-11. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  7. ^ "Another win win situation". channelonline.tv. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  8. ^ "Guernsey Rangers rally stuns Footes Lane". BBC News. 2010-10-18. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  9. ^ Lihou, Matt (2011-04-07). "'Green Lions' to make home at Foote's Lane". This Is Guernsey. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  10. ^ "The Perfect Start". thisisguernsey. 2011-08-08. Retrieved 2011-08-09. 
  11. ^ "Muratti heading back to The Track". BBC News. 2009-03-03. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  12. ^ "Guernsey Marathon". Guernsey Marathon. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  13. ^ "Island Games: stories in brief". This Is Jersey. 2003-07-04. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  14. ^ Mollet, Nick (2007-09-21). "New man wants to make sport more accessible". This Is Guernsey. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  15. ^ "Grandstand nears completion". Cdnedge.bbc.co.uk. 2003-02-24. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  16. ^ "Buildings win awards for design". BBC News. 2005-04-08. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 

Coordinates: 49°27′53″N 2°33′46″W / 49.464624°N 2.562906°W / 49.464624; -2.562906