Guernsey FC still favourites

AFTER coming within minutes of shocking Guernsey FC at the weekend, Badshot Lea chairman Mark Broad believes that will be as close as anybody will get to winning in the league at Footes Lane this season.

Angus Mackay has a word with the referee over the legitimacy of a tackle on Ben Coulter during Saturday's game against Badshot Lea. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 1282565)
Angus Mackay has a word with the referee over the legitimacy of a tackle on Ben Coulter during Saturday's game against Badshot Lea. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 1282565)

AFTER coming within minutes of shocking Guernsey FC at the weekend, Badshot Lea chairman Mark Broad believes that will be as close as anybody will get to winning in the league at Footes Lane this season.

‘The Baggies’ had to make do with a 1-1 draw in the top-of-the-table clash after an injury-time Ross Allen equaliser for GFC, although Badshot remain top of the CCL Premier Division.

‘I would be very surprised if Guernsey were beaten at home this season,’ said Broad.

‘For me, they are still the firm favourites to earn promotion and I was extremely impressed with them on Saturday.

‘What was notable was their superior fitness levels. We knew about it beforehand, but perhaps not to that scale.'

Comments for: "Guernsey FC still favourites"

laurie carre

well done gfc. i feel i have to reply to comments made by rob batiste. without a friend phoning me i would not be aware of the comments from the above as i only get the headlines on the internet.Yes i am not happy with what is happening to football in gsy, but that does not mean i am snipping at gfc, i wish them good luck at all times, for somebody like the gsy press sports editor to twist my feelings about gfc is gutless, he has something against gsy football, you can see he was involved with the failure at tics and i feel he will only be happy with the failure of gsy football as a whole, apart from gfc.Rob batiste has never been involved with grass roots football as far as i am aware, only as a job with the gsy press,and i respect all views if the person has earnt the right to comment, but certainly not someone who can make stupid comments in print, without the right of reply, which i wouldnt have had if i hadnt been told.As i have said before,stick to athletics, you are out of your depth at football.i will say no more,but if ROB wants to i am always available on the phone.

Gareth Hewson

Well done Laurie, I agree with everything you say in the above. Is much being done to integrate the social leagues back into the GFA fold or would this cause too much embarrassment and admission of a massive mistake in 2007 with the one player one club rule? GFC is a good thing, but no one can deny that this is not to the damage of GFA football. Taking a large group of the top players away for the GFC is going to weaken the GFA leagues. We are spoon fed GFC this and GFC that and it seems that Rob just tries to encourage everyone to jump on the GFC bandwagon. I wish the GFC all the best, but 95% of the coverage in the press is a bit over the top. The best comment on this website that I heard in a while was the re-integration of the social leagues and a promotion / relegation system. This may be one of the only ways of getting the social leagues back on board and increase the numbers in the GFA. Of course, as this was not Robs idea, it won’t get any coverage or comment.

GM

Gareth

It was me who mooted the pyramid league structure idea, which Kevin Graham supported. To be fair, Rob Batiste did support it in his Inside Track article on Saturday. I've yet to hear any adverse comments about it. Maybe Rob can put pressure on Chris Schofield and the GFA clubs to provide their comments.

As I said originally, it needs the GFA hierarchy and business/social league officers to be man enough to lock themselves in a room, accept that the status quo is dying on its feet, forget the past and plan the future with no baggage carried forward.

The future could be far brighter than the present for ALL parties. It could easily be done before the 2013/14 season.

GFC Fan

I totally agree with the idea of getting the Business/Social Leagues back in the fold. But do they actually want it, maybe they are happy doing what they are doing?

GM

GFC Fan

Since the 2007 split it hasn't been an option. One has to look at the reasons for the split, and address those differences. Better pitches, better facilities, a proper league structure, more profile etc would all be major pluses, but it will take good negotiation and the right attitudes from all parties to make it happen.

If the stubborn, dyed-in-the-wool attitudes that we have seen in the past from many parties in the GFA prevails, including some of the clubs, then it won't happen and domestic football will continue to decline. If everyone recognises that, then progress can happen.

Gareth Hewson

GM, Unfortunately, I didn’t read Robs comments on Saturday and I apologise to Rob for my previous comment.

How about a four league system, Priaulx, Jackson, League 1 and League 2.

Priaulx League stays as it is for the time being with the 7 teams

Jackson League stays as it is for the time being with 7 reserve sides

League 1 containing 8-10 business league / Sunday league sides

League 2 containing 8-10 business league / Sunday league sides

2 up, 2 down promotion & relegation system with the only provision that you cannot have a first team and reserve team in the same league. If / when a business / Sunday league side wins League 1 or the Jackson league, they will have the option of promotion or not. I know that some side like Manzur / Band of Brothers / London House Dogs may be interested in trying their luck against the big teams, but other teams may not be so happy to. Bring back the Guernsey FA Cup and within a couple of years we will be having competitive games across all of the divisions rather than some of the 13-0 scores at present. Have a standard 1 month transfer window in August and January.

GM

Gareth

I would definitely agree with 4 divisions, and would agree that the existing Priaulx and Jackson teams should fill the initial slots in the top two divisions to get the structure started, with it being completely "open" thereafter.

I'd be inclined to simply call them Divisions 1 to 4 (that's what it would be, after all), but accepting that the "Priaulx" has particular historical status here which should be protected, I would lean towards a "Priaulx Premier League", plus Divisions 1 to 3, with Division 1 being played for the Jackson Trophy, Division 2 for the Railway Trophy, and a new trophy for Division 4.

I would suggest 8 teams in each of the top two divisions, and say 10 each in Divisions 3 and 4, although the size of Division 4 could vary from year to year if new teams enter, others drop out etc.

As per one of my earlier posts, in my view a GFC Reserve/U21 team should be formed to play in the GFA Leagues. Why? Because it would help to solve one of the gripes about GFC being able to call on endless club players. This way, GFC could register a first team squad of (say) 18, and their reserves would have to come only from their Reserve/U21 team. That Reserve team then becomes the team for those who aspire to play for GFC, and everyone knows where they stand. This is important, because for the pyramid structure to work, both ends of the pyramid need to be dealt with.

The initial 8th team in Division 2 could be Bavaria Nomads, as at present.

The top two divisions could play each say 3 or 4 teams (21 or 28 league games plus Cups), while the bottom two divisions (if 10 teams) could play each other 3 times (27 games plus Cups).

I would suggest that promotion and relegation between the top two divisions should be one-up/one-down while both are at 8 teams each, and that promotion between the other divisions should be two-up/two-down to really freshen up the format. Movement between divisions is important.

You are right to say that no club should have two teams in the same division. That would have to mean that if (say) Rovers got relegated from the Priaulx Premier League, then their second team would also have to be relegated as well if they were still in the next division below. I understand that this is how local cricket deals with that issue.

I have no idea of the relative merits of the Business and Sunday League division teams, and it would take somebody who really knows that inside out to decide who plays in the third and fourth divisions.

It might take a couple of seasons to really sort itself out, but a good structure of Cup competitions would be perfect to assess relative strengths of all teams, which would really appeal to many local followers in my view.

GFC Fan

I agree with a lot of the above proposals, but getting the turkeys to vote for Christmas may be a real challenge. I also would worry a bit about Bavaria Nomads, as they have said that financially they cant play any extra matches. They are run on a shoe-string as it is.

GM

GFC Fan

Good points, but this is where persuasive power and influence would have to be diplomatically shown. The first stage of that is to get the majority to accept that the status quo is not working, and the second stage is then to find the best option to improve and revitalise it. If the first stage doesn't get passed then the second stage is irrelevant.