Bulls’ UK league bid assessed today
A BID to enter an Island club into the UK leagues will undergo its first major test today, as officials from the Football Association arrive in Jersey for a facilities inspection.
Jersey Bulls FC have expressed serious interest to follow in the footsteps of Guernsey FC and join the Combined Counties League next summer, but they must first have their application ratified and affiliations agreed.
Senior members of the National League System [NLS] are due to view Springfield – Bulls’ proposed home ground – this afternoon, alongside presentations from the club’s founders. Bulls could have their ties with the Jersey Football Association and NLS formally agreed by as early as next week.
Island politicians Steve Pallett and Lyndon Farnham are believed to be among those meeting at the St Helier facility, as well as Jersey FA and Jersey Football Combination delegates and States of Jersey facilities staff.
‘We feel we have done everything we can and we’re confident what we have done is good enough, but it’s up to them to decide whether we have a case,’ said Bulls co-founder Russell Le Feuvre.
‘We will give them a presentation on why we feel it’s important for Jersey football and how we’re going to work hard with all parts of Jersey football to protect the game.
‘If it goes well, first we have to locally affiliate [with the JFA], then nationally affiliate and then apply to join the Combined Counties League.’
If successful, Bulls would enter the tenth tier of English football next season – Combined Counties League One. Guernsey FC play two divisions above that level, in Bostik South East, following two promotions in seven years.
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