Date Posted: 19/05/2017
Every football fan knows that 27th May is FA Cup Final day. This year, the FA have decided also to use that world-famous event to, as they put it, “celebrate eight clubs who have provided the competition with standout stories and moments in a memorable season.”
Guernsey FC are thrilled to announce that we are one of these eight special clubs chosen by the FA, in recognition of the fact that, because of the club’s participation, the Emirates FA Cup trophy left the mainland to attend a fixture for the first time ever in the competition’s long and illustrious history.
A Guernsey FC representative will be welcomed onto the pitch by the stadium announcer in front of a sell-out Wembley crowd, not to mention a global TV audience of millions, and will remain on the pitch proudly sporting the club’s colours throughout the singing of ‘Abide with Me’.
The FA asked the club to nominate a representative who best represents it’s core values, and Guernsey FC are pleased to inform you that their chosen emissary for this glorious occasion will be club stalwart Sam Cochrane.
“When I was asked to represent Guernsey Football Club at the FA Cup Final I was very shocked, but extremely grateful,” Cochrane said. “To be given this opportunity and to be recognised for my contribution to the club by the Board of Directors is something I'm very proud of. The situation won't really sink in till I'm ready to leave the island and make the trip to Wembley. This is a fantastic opportunity for Guernsey to gain exposure at such an iconic football fixture, which is watched by millions all around the world, and I can't thank everyone enough for asking me to represent the football club and Guernsey.”
Club chairman Mark Le Tissier echoed Sam’s delight: “Of course it is a great honour to be selected by the FA as one of eight clubs who have made a significant positive contribution to this season’s competition. Our fixture against Thamesmead Town on the 20th August 2016 was the first to be played outside the UK in the competition’s 144 year history. Bringing the iconic FA Cup competition to Guernsey was one of the aims of the club when it was formed in 2011, and to be able to bring the actual FA Cup itself to Guernsey as well was a fantastic opportunity for members of our community to be part of football history.
“When Sam Cochrane walks out onto the pitch and is presented to a crowd of 90,000 supporters, and in front of millions of TV viewers around the world, I am sure I will have a tear in my eye. It will be a proud moment in our club’s history, and I am pleased that Sam was chosen by the Board, as he epitomises everything that we value about our club.
“Sam was the first player to sign for Guernsey FC when the club was formed in 2011, and he ably captained the side for the next five seasons, leading us to two successive promotions in the club’s first two seasons. As well as scoring 11 goals, Sam has now made 179 appearances for the Green Lions, including leading the team to an FA Vase semi-final in 2012-2013. Sam is a respected leader on and off the pitch, and is an inspiration to young footballers in Guernsey.
“The positive exposure for Guernsey as an island sporting destination will be immeasurable, although unfortunately sport tourism is not currently recognised or promoted by VisitGuernsey or the States of Guernsey, despite the great sporting facilities we have to offer here for a wide variety of sports, all of which are well organised, regulated and administered, and who would love to put events on in Guernsey and bring people to the island, instead of having to attend events in the UK or further afield.
“Guernsey FC continues to present Guernsey in a positive way in the community and beyond, and I am extremely proud to be part of the GFC story.”