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We have agreed to a 1pm kick off against Guernsey on the 20th August.

 

We felt that there was potential for us to attract additional spectators from other local clubs and also ground hoppers. This will be Guernsey's first Saturday CCL match on the mainland, so it might be of interest to others. It will also allow us to catch up with Steve and Mark and their players in the bar after the game before their flight home.

 

Personally I've been very impressed with the presentation and planning they have put into this project and I'm looking forward to speaking with them to find out how things are going.

 

From a Guernsey FC perspective this will also allow them to fly over and back on the same day.

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We have agreed to a 1pm kick off against Guernsey on the 20th August.

 

We felt that there was potential for us to attract additional spectators from other local clubs and also ground hoppers. This will be Guernsey's first Saturday CCL match on the mainland, so it might be of interest to others

 

 

 

I think you could well be right. Where are the nearest grounds to your Daniel?

 

 

 

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In fairness, it would have been better in my opinion for Guernsey to have accepted an offer from one of the many CCL sides - I know we offered - to travel across the water for a friendly. This would have at least given the CCL a chance to get some feedback from one of their clubs. The game is now just another friendly - against a reserve side - whereas playing a CCL side would have potentially been of major

benefit to all concerned.

 

I must add though, I think it is good for the CCL to have invited them in - and we certainly voted yes - but to ignore the many offers they must have had is, for me, a PR error.

 

 

Hi Manager 50 - as this venture is the start of something very new for Guernsey I gather that it was thought that AFC Wimbledon, after their start in the CCL and amazing success, would provide a very fitting first fixture (dont forget this is GFCs first game ever) as they are what what we all aspire to be

 

The friendlies will be down to the Manager who I think would prefer not to play any CCL sides until the league commences, so Knaphill will be the first to have news when they return to the UK in a couple of weeks. Also due to the Island Games it would have been very difficult to fit in games in the UK, that is why the pre season friendlies are being played in Guernsey

 

gather Guernsey are planning 3 pre season friendlies, obviously Wimbledon, Bristol City and another (not sure who) but the players have been continually playing for over 3 years now without a break so match fitness is not an issue - Guernsey are fully ready now. As I stated in an earlier post there are a further 5 players, in my opinion, who are almost automatic selections who decided that the 3 years was too long without a break, decided to spend some time with their families and therefore did not go to the Island Games. They have now joined the squad and are in full training

 

Our 3rd Friendly is Away @ Horley Town.

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To answer the question...... Very good!

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G vs AFC ... What a crowd that could be ! Bigger than some football league attendances !

 

I'm not expecting a huge crowd for this game. We will prob get more for our 1st competitive league game.

 

My predication for the AFC Wimbledon game - maybe 1,000 ? I hope I'm wrong and we have more though.

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G vs AFC ... What a crowd that could be ! Bigger than some football league attendances !

 

I'm not expecting a huge crowd for this game. We will prob get more for our 1st competitive league game.

 

My predication for the AFC Wimbledon game - maybe 1,000 ? I hope I'm wrong and we have more though.

 

 

GD I didnt realise we were playing Horley but it is a good call as they have been so willing to help with car parking etc. There seems to be a lot of people on here who wanted GFC to play a CCL club so this will also sort out this potential PR issue. Vancey did tell me that he did not want to play any team from the league before the season but must have changed his mind - I am pleased that he has and that he has chosen Horley who seem to have supported and even helped in the set up of all of this

 

I think we will get an awful lot more than 1000 for the Wimbledon game even if they are only bringing their youngsters. The publicity machine is already running and with the important inclusion of Rob Batiste to the whole thing will ensure it gets the coverage. Sportingbet are determined for this to be a fully supported community thing so I think they are literally going to go all out to ensure all GFC games are really well supported and this being the first one I think it will be a real party

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GD I didnt realise we were playing Horley but it is a good call as they have been so willing to help with car parking etc. There seems to be a lot of people on here who wanted GFC to play a CCL club so this will also sort out this potential PR issue. Vancey did tell me that he did not want to play any team from the league before the season but must have changed his mind

 

 

Well strictly speaking there aren't from the same league...they are CCL Prem not CCL1. :)

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G vs AFC ... What a crowd that could be ! Bigger than some football league attendances !

 

I'm not expecting a huge crowd for this game. We will prob get more for our 1st competitive league game.

 

My predication for the AFC Wimbledon game - maybe 1,000 ? I hope I'm wrong and we have more though.

 

 

GD I didnt realise we were playing Horley but it is a good call as they have been so willing to help with car parking etc. There seems to be a lot of people on here who wanted GFC to play a CCL club so this will also sort out this potential PR issue. Vancey did tell me that he did not want to play any team from the league before the season but must have changed his mind - I am pleased that he has and that he has chosen Horley who seem to have supported and even helped in the set up of all of this

 

I think we will get an awful lot more than 1000 for the Wimbledon game even if they are only bringing their youngsters. The publicity machine is already running and with the important inclusion of Rob Batiste to the whole thing will ensure it gets the coverage. Sportingbet are determined for this to be a fully supported community thing so I think they are literally going to go all out to ensure all GFC games are really well supported and this being the first one I think it will be a real party

 

I hope you are right !:)

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How come guernsey are playing high profiled clubs! Le tisser connection maybe?

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How come guernsey are playing high profiled clubs! Le tisser connection maybe?

 

The Bristol City Chairman (or possibly owner) lives on Guernsey.

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How come guernsey are playing high profiled clubs! Le tisser connection maybe?

 

The Bristol City Chairman (or possibly owner) lives on Guernsey.

Thanks Trebor!

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How come guernsey are playing high profiled clubs! Le tisser connection maybe?

 

The Bristol City Chairman (or possibly owner) lives on Guernsey.

Thanks Trebor!

 

http://www.channelonline.tv/channelonline_sportnews/displayarticle.asp?id=493353

 

Bristol City Chairman to stand down

Guernsey resident Steven Lansdown is to quit his role as the Chairman of Bristol City Football Club.

 

He'll leave his position on 31st May.

 

The self-made millionaire Lansdown says he will continue to invest money in the club, if it's appropriate.

 

The Channel Islands have other strong links with the club, with Bristol City funding Guernsey's School of Excellence.

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In fairness, it would have been better in my opinion for Guernsey to have accepted an offer from one of the many CCL sides - I know we offered - to travel across the water for a friendly. This would have at least given the CCL a chance to get some feedback from one of their clubs. The game is now just another friendly - against a reserve side - whereas playing a CCL side would have potentially been of major

benefit to all concerned.

 

I must add though, I think it is good for the CCL to have invited them in - and we certainly voted yes - but to ignore the many offers they must have had is, for me, a PR error.

 

 

Hi Manager 50 - as this venture is the start of something very new for Guernsey I gather that it was thought that AFC Wimbledon, after their start in the CCL and amazing success, would provide a very fitting first fixture (dont forget this is GFCs first game ever) as they are what what we all aspire to be

 

The friendlies will be down to the Manager who I think would prefer not to play any CCL sides until the league commences, so Knaphill will be the first to have news when they return to the UK in a couple of weeks. Also due to the Island Games it would have been very difficult to fit in games in the UK, that is why the pre season friendlies are being played in Guernsey

 

gather Guernsey are planning 3 pre season friendlies, obviously Wimbledon, Bristol City and another (not sure who) but the players have been continually playing for over 3 years now without a break so match fitness is not an issue - Guernsey are fully ready now. As I stated in an earlier post there are a further 5 players, in my opinion, who are almost automatic selections who decided that the 3 years was too long without a break, decided to spend some time with their families and therefore did not go to the Island Games. They have now joined the squad and are in full training

 

Our 3rd Friendly is Away @ Horley Town.

 

 

Looking forward to it and I am sure you will enjoy your stay at Horley Town FC.

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A 1pm start won't be no good for me, I usually don't get in til 10am from the night before!!!!!!!

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Guernsey my friend are a very professional outfit,they will fly in Friday night,stay at a Hotel,then be coached to the ground,with ample time too warm up.By having a 1 pm K.O.They will be able to fly back Saturday,thus saving another overnight stay.In reverse the C.C.L. sides will have to fly out Saturday morning,play the game,miss the flight home,and stay at a hotel,flying home Sunday.Yes the players can have a night out in Guernsey,and good luck to them,but hardly professional.The Knapmeister has already said on another thread that they will fly out Friday,as they are a well run outfit.and have an extra night in Guernsey,which they will have to fund.The cost of an extra nights stay would be by my estimation £1000 minimum,small change to Guernsey F.C.,But not to C.C.L.Clubs.The posters on here are throwing up red herrings,why are they thanking Horley,they will not be parking their cars there.Why have they said they want an early K.O.so they can stay longer at Clubs to socialise,well kick off at 3 pm and stay till 10pm thats real socialising in Smudge's eyes.But if they did that would mean another overnight stay in a hotel costing them £1000's.

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Guernsey my friend are a very professional outfit,they will fly in Friday night,stay at a Hotel,then be coached to the ground,with ample time too warm up.By having a 1 pm K.O.They will be able to fly back Saturday,thus saving another overnight stay.In reverse the C.C.L. sides will have to fly out Saturday morning,play the game,miss the flight home,and stay at a hotel,flying home Sunday.Yes the players can have a night out in Guernsey,and good luck to them,but hardly professional.The Knapmeister has already said on another thread that they will fly out Friday,as they are a well run outfit.and have an extra night in Guernsey,which they will have to fund.The cost of an extra nights stay would be by my estimation £1000 minimum,small change to Guernsey F.C.,But not to C.C.L.Clubs.The posters on here are throwing up red herrings,why are they thanking Horley,they will not be parking their cars there.Why have they said they want an early K.O.so they can stay longer at Clubs to socialise,well kick off at 3 pm and stay till 10pm thats real socialising in Smudge's eyes.But if they did that would mean another overnight stay in a hotel costing them £1000's.

 

But clubs going over there don't have to stay for two nights if they don't want to.

They can fly out Friday, be ferried to the hotel, be ferried to the ground, play at 1pm and get a flight home the same night.

 

Or they can fly out Saturday morning, be ferried etc etc, kick off at 3pm, stay over night and come back on Sunday.

 

It's their choice.

 

Likewise, it's the clubs choice if they want to kick off at 1pm when they play Guernsey over here. Everyone's looking at ways of getting more punters in. Colliers Wood have had some success with their Friday night games. Games at 1pm on a Saturday mean people can catch two local games in a day. Groundhoppers love that sort of thing as well as casual punters. I've been to two or even three games on bank holidays in different leagues at 11.30am, 3pm and 7.45pm.

I'd even go so far as to say clubs may want to look at 12.30pm kick offs for when they play Guernsey to give punters a greater chance of getting somewhere else for 3pm.

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Guernsey my friend are a very professional outfit,they will fly in Friday night,stay at a Hotel,then be coached to the ground,with ample time too warm up.By having a 1 pm K.O.They will be able to fly back Saturday,thus saving another overnight stay.In reverse the C.C.L. sides will have to fly out Saturday morning,play the game,miss the flight home,and stay at a hotel,flying home Sunday.Yes the players can have a night out in Guernsey,and good luck to them,but hardly professional.The Knapmeister has already said on another thread that they will fly out Friday,as they are a well run outfit.and have an extra night in Guernsey,which they will have to fund.The cost of an extra nights stay would be by my estimation £1000 minimum,small change to Guernsey F.C.,But not to C.C.L.Clubs.The posters on here are throwing up red herrings,why are they thanking Horley,they will not be parking their cars there.Why have they said they want an early K.O.so they can stay longer at Clubs to socialise,well kick off at 3 pm and stay till 10pm thats real socialising in Smudge's eyes.But if they did that would mean another overnight stay in a hotel costing them £1000's.

 

 

Just a small correction for you Smudger. I never said we would be staying Sturday night. We will be returning on Saturday evening after the game.

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Why just Guernsey though,let all Clubs do it,Camberley could kick off 12.30pm,then Cove at 3pm.Massive crowds then.

 

I agree. Apart from the massive crowds bit.

The League has shown it's willing to be flexible on kick off times, some of the clubs (CWU and RPV) have embraced Friday evening games, most of the others haven't. They'll all have their own reasons why.

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Guernsey my friend are a very professional outfit,they will fly in Friday night,stay at a Hotel,then be coached to the ground,with ample time too warm up.By having a 1 pm K.O.They will be able to fly back Saturday,thus saving another overnight stay.In reverse the C.C.L. sides will have to fly out Saturday morning,play the game,miss the flight home,and stay at a hotel,flying home Sunday.Yes the players can have a night out in Guernsey,and good luck to them,but hardly professional.The Knapmeister has already said on another thread that they will fly out Friday,as they are a well run outfit.and have an extra night in Guernsey,which they will have to fund.The cost of an extra nights stay would be by my estimation £1000 minimum,small change to Guernsey F.C.,But not to C.C.L.Clubs.The posters on here are throwing up red herrings,why are they thanking Horley,they will not be parking their cars there.Why have they said they want an early K.O.so they can stay longer at Clubs to socialise,well kick off at 3 pm and stay till 10pm thats real socialising in Smudge's eyes.But if they did that would mean another overnight stay in a hotel costing them £1000's.

 

 

Just a small correction for you Smudger. I never said we would be staying Sturday night. We will be returning on Saturday evening after the game.

 

 

Apologies Knapmeister,it was Trentender who stated that the Club were looking into the possibility of staying 1 extra night,was this ruled out on cost.So your K.O. in Guernsey will be 1 pm,so as you can make flight back I presume.

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Why just Guernsey though,let all Clubs do it,Camberley could kick off 12.30pm,then Cove at 3pm.Massive crowds then.

 

I agree. Apart from the massive crowds bit.

The League has shown it's willing to be flexible on kick off times, some of the clubs (CWU and RPV) have embraced Friday evening games, most of the others haven't. They'll all have their own reasons why.

 

Yeah something I could never understand C.W.U and R.P.V both playing on Wednesday night.So the promise of night on the town for players,will hit the buffers for sure.

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Guernsey my friend are a very professional outfit,they will fly in Friday night,stay at a Hotel,then be coached to the ground,with ample time too warm up.By having a 1 pm K.O.They will be able to fly back Saturday,thus saving another overnight stay.In reverse the C.C.L. sides will have to fly out Saturday morning,play the game,miss the flight home,and stay at a hotel,flying home Sunday.Yes the players can have a night out in Guernsey,and good luck to them,but hardly professional.The Knapmeister has already said on another thread that they will fly out Friday,as they are a well run outfit.and have an extra night in Guernsey,which they will have to fund.The cost of an extra nights stay would be by my estimation £1000 minimum,small change to Guernsey F.C.,But not to C.C.L.Clubs.The posters on here are throwing up red herrings,why are they thanking Horley,they will not be parking their cars there.Why have they said they want an early K.O.so they can stay longer at Clubs to socialise,well kick off at 3 pm and stay till 10pm thats real socialising in Smudge's eyes.But if they did that would mean another overnight stay in a hotel costing them £1000's.

 

More Semi Professional I would say........oh hang on, that would be right!!

As Daniel points out above, the 1pm KO at Eversley allows for Guernsey to fly in and out on the same day Smudge. You really do appear to have a bit of an issue with the travel arrangements though.....and you're not even the one travelling!

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Guernsey my friend are a very professional outfit,they will fly in Friday night,stay at a Hotel,then be coached to the ground,with ample time too warm up.By having a 1 pm K.O.They will be able to fly back Saturday,thus saving another overnight stay.In reverse the C.C.L. sides will have to fly out Saturday morning,play the game,miss the flight home,and stay at a hotel,flying home Sunday.Yes the players can have a night out in Guernsey,and good luck to them,but hardly professional.The Knapmeister has already said on another thread that they will fly out Friday,as they are a well run outfit.and have an extra night in Guernsey,which they will have to fund.The cost of an extra nights stay would be by my estimation £1000 minimum,small change to Guernsey F.C.,But not to C.C.L.Clubs.The posters on here are throwing up red herrings,why are they thanking Horley,they will not be parking their cars there.Why have they said they want an early K.O.so they can stay longer at Clubs to socialise,well kick off at 3 pm and stay till 10pm thats real socialising in Smudge's eyes.But if they did that would mean another overnight stay in a hotel costing them £1000's.

 

 

Smudge your continued ups and downs regarding GFC are driving me mad. Surely it is up to each individual club to make their own travel arrangements to suite their players etc. If GFC decide to come over the night before, have time for warm ups etc it is up to them. We are thanking Horley because they are allowing the CCL clubs to park there when they fly from Gatwick, what is the problem with that???? I am sure that GFC would rather spend their cash in the CCL bars than using it for another nights accomodation so what is the problem with an early kick off??? As keeps being pointed out Clubs are only going to have to travel to Guernsey once a season but Guernsey could have to travel to the UK around 20 times, please keep it real Smudge, this is not all advantage GFC in fact it will be one heck of a lot harder for GFC to succeed than many other sides

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