The new season starts this coming Saturday, when Ash United become a small part of football history, in being the first club in the English FA National League System to play Jersey Bulls FC in a league game on Jersey.
Jersey Bulls have played some prestigious pre-season friendlies, such as hosting Stevenage from the English Football League and Premiership Leicester City's Under 23 team. We too have played pre-season games with mixed results against a range of opponents in readiness for the new season.
'Jersey Bulls will help to showcase non-league football'
'THE man in charge of Jersey Bulls’ first league opponents believes the Island club could have a dramatic effect on the success of non-league football.'
Our 1st team manager, Sam Wilson has made the newspapers on Jersey, with an interview with the Jersey Evening Post - see this link https://jerseyeveningpost.com/sport/football/2019/07/31/jersey-bulls-will-help-to-showcase-non-league-football/.
For those supporters with fairly long memories will recall, Guernsey were the trail blazers when a team from the Channel Island was accepted into the National League System and started out in the Combined Counties Football League. Some years later and Jersey has achieved the same.
It will be an intriguing game, with neither club knowing much about each other in terms of playing strength, but it falls to Ash United to be the flag carriers for both the League and the club, when the players, team management and club committee members step onto the tarmac at Jersey Airport on Saturday morning, 3rd August, 2019.
Headline picture courtesy of Jersey Evening Post; Jon Guegan photographer