20th June 2011

Guernsey joined the Football Association

Guernsey FC was founded with the specific aim of giving the island’s footballers a mechanism through which they can compete with teams beyond the island. On 20 June 2011 it joined the Combined Counties League.

The League started out as a gathering of largely Surrey-based teams but, in the 1970s, greatly expanded and renamed itself the Home Counties League. Following a threat of legal action, this was further changed to the Combined Counties Football League, which is the name under which it exists today. It affiliated with the Football Association in 1988.

The League has two divisions – Division One and Permier Division – and comprises 39 teams. It competes at levels nine and ten of the English football league system, making its teams eligible to compete for the FA Vase. Guernsey FC joined the league at Division One (the lower of the two).

Guernsey FC in the League

Guernsey FC had an excellent first season. It won the 2011 – 12 Combined Counties Football League Division One season and was immediately promoted to the Premier Division. Across 33 games it won 30, lost two and drew one. Many of its games were won by a very comfortable margin. This included 9–0 against Sheerwater, 8–0 against Knaphill and 7–0 against Bookham. It finished the season with 94 points and a goal difference (the number of goals it had scored minus those scored against it) of 116.

In the 2012 – 13 season, it won 30 Premier Division matches, drew six and lost six. It finished the season on 96 points with a goal difference of 75. This put it second in the division. It also earned it a place in the semi final of the FA Vase competition. Perhaps more importantly, though, it earned the team promotion to the Isthmian League.

In its new league, it would score a remarkable 11 – 0 against Crawley Down Gatwick in January 2014. In tn the following season it suffered an 8 – 0 defeat to Merstham FC.


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Other events that occured in June

Cricketer Charles Grieve died in Shropshire 1st
St Johns undertook its first Guernsey rescue 2nd
Bailiff John Guille died in Plymouth 3rd
GUNS writer Joseph John Gillingham was deported 4th
First arrests were made at Guernsey Airport 5th
Jethou was put on the market 6th
The king and queen celebrated Guernsey’s liberation 7th
Occupying forces confiscated Guernsey’s radios 8th
Guernsey Railway company ceased operations 9th
Guernsey welcomed its first steam ship 10th
Laura Kennington kicks off Channel Islands triathlon 11th
Dame Sibyl became a dame again 12th
Guernsey voted to legalise local abortions 13th
Victor Hugo’s house is opened to the public 14th
The Channel Islands were demilitarised 15th
Guernsey was invaded by Colorado beetles 16th
States Telephone Department was established 17th
Pollet guest house fire claimed its third victim 18th
Aurigny founder Derrick Bailey died 19th
Guernsey joined the Football Association 20th
Guernsey’s school children were evacuated 21st
Guernsey celebrated Queen Victoria’s jubilee 22nd
Princess Elizabeth opened Guernsey’s hospital 23rd
Guernsey chose England over France 24th
First meeting of Guernsey’s Controlling Committee 25th
Guernsey bought Fort Grey from the War Office 26th
Guernsey coffee trader William Le Lacheur died 27th
G-JOEY completes his last flight 28th
Guernsey suffered its first and only air raid
The Star was published for the first time 29th
Two deserters were shot after landing on Guernsey 30th