Jersey Bulls in the hat for FA Vase

JERSEY Bulls’ application to enter the FA Vase for the 2020-21 season has been accepted by the English Football Association.

Jersey Bulls will play in the FA Vase next season, with a final at Wembley on the cards Picture: ROB CURRIE (28962366)
Jersey Bulls will play in the FA Vase next season, with a final at Wembley on the cards Picture: ROB CURRIE (28962366)

The club will go in the hat for the first round of the qualifiers to be drawn on Tuesday 18 August, with ties expected to be played on Saturday 19 September.

Altogether, 612 clubs have entered the competition, all hopeful for a final day out at Wembley and the chance to win £30,000 in prize money.

Early rounds of the competition are kept regionalised geographically, so Bulls can expect to be drawn against an opponent from the same Combined Counties Football League of which they are a member, or one of the nearer leagues such as the Sussex County League and Wessex League.

The competition has existed for non-league clubs in steps five and six of the National League System since 1974 after the abolition of the FA Amateur Cup and has been dominated by clubs from the north-east of England in recent years, with eight of the last 11 winners coming from the area. Whitley Bay has won it the most times (four) and will be competing for a fifth Vase in the forthcoming edition.

The last team from Jersey to enter the Vase was First Tower United in the 1997-98 season. In 2013, Guernsey FC reached the semi-finals.

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