Guernsey the opponents for FC Isle of Man's debut fixture.

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Guernsey the opponents for FC Isle of Man's debut fixture.

Date Posted: 29/07/2020

Guernsey will travel to Douglas to face new club FC Isle of Man on 15th August in a pre-season friendly.

The Ravens have followed in the footsteps of the Green Lions, and latterly Jersey Bulls, to become the third crown dependency island to enter a team in the English non-league system. They will begin life in the North West Counties League Division One South, step six of non-league.

The air bridge recently introduced by the authorities of the respective islands has allowed organisation of this game. It will be the Green Lion's first match since losing to Ashford United in Isthmian South East on 23rd February, before football was called to a half in the UK due to the coronavirus pandemic

The national teams of both islands have maintained a friendly rivalry for many years having faced each other on numerous occasions in Island Games tournaments - the most recent being a 3-2 victory for the Sarnians in the semi-final of the 2019 Inter Games Football tournament in Anglesey, Wales. Green Lions Will Fazakerley and Matt Loaring scored for Guernsey.

FC Isle of Man Director of Football Paul Jones said: "It is fitting that we are playing against the club that inspired our journey and we thank them in their efforts to get the game on. We look forward to spending some time with them over the weekend."

GFC Director Nic Legg said the club was honoured to have been invited to play in the Ravens’ inaugural game.

"It promises to be a special occasion and we can’t wait to be involved," he added. "We have fond memories of our first-ever game in 2011, a 11-goal thriller against League Two AFC Wimbledon. Here's hoping both teams can put on another game that will be remembered in years to come.

"All at Guernsey Football Club wish FC Isle of Man all the best as they begin their journey as a football club."

The match will be played at Isle of Man's ground, The Bowl, with a 6.30pm kick-off.