Vance ruling out an exact repeat

TONY VANCE has ruled out an ‘Originals v. Newcomers’ re-match this season.

Proof of success: Carlos Canha in front of a packed Garenne Stand. (Picture by Martin Gray, 29061465)
Proof of success: Carlos Canha in front of a packed Garenne Stand. (Picture by Martin Gray, 29061465)

But the Green Lions boss says there is every chance of some form of competitive game or games that could highlight the strength of the GFC squad past and present.

‘I’m not sure about a re-match,’ he said yesterday at the start of a new year when he hopes the club can return to normality for the 2021-22 Isthmian season.

‘It was such a good occasion and didn’t turn into a circus, but on reflection it was a 10-year anniversary game and probably what we will do and what I’m in favour of is playing a Muratti side, or an U18s or a Priaulx Select.

‘I know the squad want it [another game].’

Vance said it may well be beneficial to Muratti preparation if inter-island clashes are allowed at some point.

‘It might be the right thing to do and anything to help out would be good.

‘But I, for one, don’t want to go over there [Jersey] at the moment.’

Vance left Footes Lane and the challenge match not only encouraged by the large number of fans who came along – circa 1,100 – but the way the older element of the squad performed in the 2-2 draw.

‘The crowd is testament to GFC’s success,’ he said, while speculating that had certain Green Lions heroes been a little younger when the club took off in 2011 GFC could have achieved a higher level.

‘If they had all matured in footballing terms together we could have been pushing for step three.

‘It shows what a special group of players we had a decade ago.’

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