Jersey Bulls for FA Youth Cup?

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The JERSEY BULLS are hoping to make history this season by entering a side in the FA Youth Cup.

Club officials sent a request to the England FA earlier this year to send an Under-18 team to the acclaimed competition – a move that would make them the first offshore team to compete at this level.

The FA responded to the Bulls last week and have since approved the request – with ‘conditions’ which have yet to be clarified for those at Springfield.

Bulls general manager Ian Horswell and chairman Russell Le Feuvre then contacted the U18 managers who are to lead the teams in the JFA combination this season, and their response was reportedly positive.

Now the club face a race against time to collect enough sponsors for what they hope will be a priceless cup race.

Horswell said: “It would be a fantastic opportunity for our local footballers to play in the FA Youth Cup.

“Top quality players have come through this system and it would be amazing for island football if that could happen.” It would be an unknown quantity for us but it would be an opportunity for the guys here to show off. This is the kind of games that the scouts will attend, so it is an additional opportunity for them to be seen and to be caught up.

Horswell added: “We are working with the Jersey FA on this and in particular with the Center of Excellence.”

“They will provide the manager and coaching staff and it will be linked to their training. We will not be bringing players for additional sessions.

“It’s all about finances now. It’s not something we budgeted for so we’re trying to raise up to £35,000 in a short time. If we get that we’ll 100%. If we don’t don’t, we won’t be able to participate this year.

“The problem with knockout football is that you could be knocked out after a game, but we will be flexible with our partners and look to play friendlies against professional clubs throughout the season or postpone them to the season. next.”

The draw for the first preliminary round of the competition will take place on Friday 8 July.

If the Bulls play, they must face three preliminary rounds before reaching the first round proper.

Camberley Town, a rival of the Islanders in the Combined Counties League, beat Bristol Rovers in the first round proper in 2020, before losing to Sutton in the second round.

A victory would have earned them a trip to face Liverpool.

The FA Youth Cup has been won by some of Britain’s finest footballers over the past decades, including Reece James, Mason Mount, David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.

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