A Roary good welcome for Isle of Man football players

ISLE OF MAN football players received a warm welcome to the island ahead of their game today as Guernsey FC’s mascot Roary the Lion surprised them on the plane.

The much-loved mascot boarded the plane once it had landed in Guernsey yesterday, much to the excitement of players and supporters who had travelled over especially for the game.

Director of Guernsey FC Nic Legg said the club was delighted to welcome the Isle of Man.

FC Isle of Man chairman Gary Weightman, left, with Guernsey FC director Nic Legg and Roary the Lion on the Aurigny jet’s steps. (28678581)

‘This time we’re playing for the Skipton Cup and we took that on board as well to get the team excited,’ he said.

‘Everyone loved it when Roary came running over to the plane. There were lots of high fives and selfies, which they will hopefully look back on as good memories from their time in Guernsey.’

The teams clashed in Douglas a few weeks ago, where the IoM team won 1-0.

About 90 people on the Aurigny plane were associated with FC Isle of Man.

Club chairman Gary Weightman said it was a brilliant welcome and he was pleased supporters had wanted to come.

‘It’ll be nice to have a few Isle of Man voices cheering for us at the game,’ he said.

Children from the Isle of Man were excited to meet Roary the Lion: left to right, Aleisha Dixon, 9, Reegan Dixon, 2, and Marni Dixon, 7. (28678560)

Mr Legg said there had been a waiting list of about 100 people from the Isle of Man looking to come to Guernsey this weekend.

‘It shows there is a real appetite for sport tourism,’ he said.

The match kicks off today at 6.30pm at Footes Lane.

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