‘Dragons’ join Jersey football league
THE blue and white stripes donned by Primeira Liga giants FC Porto will also grace Island football pitches next season, following the addition of a new club into the JFA Combination.
Dragoes de Jersey [Dragons of Jersey] had their application to join the league pyramid formally approved on Tuesday, bringing the number of clubs represented in the top three men’s divisions to 14.
The new side – a spin-off of the FC Porto supporters’ club in Jersey – will play in Jacksons Division I in 2020/21, alongside reserve- and C-teams and the first XI from Sports Club of Jersey, who in 2019 became the first new club in 16 years to join the league.
Jersey FA competitions committee chairman Charlie Browne said: ‘I’m delighted that the league is starting to attract new clubs again. We’ve got a good system with the Premiership supported by the leagues below it [Championship and Division I] and it seems there is an excitement around the place now. With Jersey Bulls up and running and doing so well there are more opportunities for younger players now and I think we’re actually seeing more people playing football.’
A statement from Dragoes de Jersey read: ‘Everyone is very excited to be taking part in the local football league. We hope to create opportunities for local players and also help promote the Island of Jersey through the delegation’s link to a worldwide football giant, FC Porto. Although Dragoes de Jersey are autonomous, we have notified FC Porto of our intentions.’
Former Trinity C manager Steve Pires, who will coach the Dragons alongside Richard Nelson Ruel, said: ‘It’s good to finally get the thumbs up. The door is open to anyone and we have a mixture of players joining the club – some from Trinity, some younger players and other Porto fans who want to try 11-a-side football. We’ve got a few who have played five-a-side.’
The ‘Dragons’ could be joined by two more additions next term, with Jersey Portuguese and Beeches Old Boys both considering a return.
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