Guernsey FC v Bristol City FC

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Saturday the 8th of July

Guernsey FC has confirmed that thanks to the link announced between the two club last season, SkyBet Championship side Bristol City will be visiting Footes Lane for a pre-season friendly.

The Robins will come to Guernsey on Saturday 8th July with a 1pm kick-off. Bristol will compete for the Mike Thomas Memorial Trophy which is currently held by Premiership new boys Huddersfield Town. 

As well as the link-up between the clubs, previous history between the pair stretches back as far as 2011, when the Green Lions thrashed Bristol's U19 side 6-0 at Footes Lane in only our second ever friendly fixture.

Their chairman Stephen Lansdown also lives in the island. He recently said: "If there's anybody that's looking tasty from the point of view of going into the league format then we'd like to look at those players. It gives a pathway for the Guernsey FC players to look at the professional game through Bristol City Football Club if they want to. It's gives people the opportunity."

That link works both ways, with young Robins trio Jake Andrews, Kodi Lyons-Foster and Cameron Pring all spending time on loan at GFC last season. Andrews, in particular, was a big hit with eight goals in eight games.

Bristol City Head Coach Lee Johnson is looking forward to bringing his team to the island.

"It’s well-known that Steve lives in Guernsey and it’s a game we’ve wanted to play for some time," he said "Our staff have built up a good relationship with Tony Vance (Guernsey manager) and this friendly will only strengthen the bond further."

Boss Tony Vance said it was an exciting announcement and a great test for his squad as they look to build up their fitness for the new Isthamian Division One South Season.

"This is an absolutely fantastic opportunity and experience for not only the club and all our players but also the people of Guernsey," Vance told GuernseyFC.com. "These days you do not get the opportunity to play against a Championship-level football club full of first-team players. I think the last time Guernsey got the opportunity to see and play against a professional first team at this level was over 20 years ago.

"I therefore really hope the public come and support this occasion as this will undoubtedly be a great opportunity to see at first hand the standard and levels these professionals play at typified by the fact that they currently have five full internationals within their ranks.

"I must take this opportunity to thank Bristol City’s manager Lee Johnson and his staff for this opportunity. This not only reinforces but possibly amplifies the link we have recently created with them and with the relationships we are building with the likes of Director of Recruitment, Brian Tinnion, I am sure we can continue to develop this partnership even further.

"Finally a big thank you to Stephen Lansdown, who of course lives over here in Guernsey for his continued support and endorsement of this link.

"The beach can wait, this is a one off opportunity to see a real footballing treat!"

Tickets for the match have been set a £10 for the Garenne Stand, and £6 for a standing ticket, with U16s able to watch the action for just £1.

The club hopes to announce another friendly against a professional side in the next few days.

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