Monday, 27 July 2015

From Collado Villalba to Guernsey

If you're one of those that never reads past the headline you are forgiven if you think GFC has started signing players from top Spanish clubs. We haven't.

We do have a new recruit in the form of one Guille Fernandez though and he  recently moved to the island from Spain.

His last club in Spain was CU Collado Villalba who play in Group 7 of the Tercera Division. The 'third division' is actually the fourth tier in Spanish football and comprises 360 teams spread over 18 groups which correspond to Spain's 17 autonomous communities (Andalucia is split into 2 groups due to its size). So it's not quite the same as England's fourth tier, or League 2 as we're supposed to call it these days.

Guille, or Lance as we might come to call him, did spend more than a few years in Atletico Madrid's youth set up, which is certainly not to be sniffed at and 'we' look forward to seeing what he's got to offer some time soon.

You will no doubt have seen the fixture list which came out a week and a half ago. August sees away trips to Three Bridges, Peacehaven, Hythe (midweek again) and Phoenix Sports. Visiting the ARS are Carshalton, Folkestone and South Park.

Fixtures at the ARS will generally kick off at 2pm on Saturday although, for some reason, Folkestone on August 15th is a 4pm k.o. and Chipstead (which is not too far from Gatwick) on October 17th is a 3pm k.o.. Maybe Chipstead fancy a mad dash to make the last plane out?

There are also one or two Sunday matches scheduled on those weekends where the eggchasers are already booked in on the Saturday.

Before all this there's the small matter of pre-season friendlies at the ARS and GFC ask that you turn up early on Friday to avoid a crush at the turnstiles.

Keep it Green.

Allez les Verts!!

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Time to ease back into the swing.....

Time to wake from the close season slumber. Had a couple of weeks in Lanzarote. Plenty to do, friendly locals, lovely hotel, lots of sunshine and much better value than all round than a trip to Guernsey(sadly).

On my return to Ormering Towers I spent some time reflecting and I reached the conclusion that Lanzarote wasn't such a good  holiday destination after all. Something was missing but I couldn't quite put my finger on it.

Then it came to me, although admittedly I might have overdone the Bombay Sapphire. You, being ordinary Guerns, are clearly not worldly wise enough to be so visionary so let me enlighten you. Lanzarote doesn't have a milk museum.

So don't be harsh on DJ Kev, he knows what us tourists crave. Buffoon.

In case you're interested Lanzarote does have an aloe vera museum, but enough of that.

Pre-season training starts tomorrow (only reasonable to give the lads a couple of weeks off after the Island Games) and we already know of two visits to new exotic locations next season. The delightful surrounds of Barnehurst and Thurrock await us in the FA Cup and Trophy. Sadly, without a milk museum, neither feature on anyone's list of must visit places but we'll be there and we'll do our best to find you the ideal pre-match watering hole.

On Friday we should know the league fixtures, although there might be a gap or two as it's still not clear which division Farnborough will be playing in. All quiet on the CVA front, the local paper doesn't know who to believe and they've only got 3 or 4 players registered at the moment. But they're not really our concern.

We (and that means fans, players, coaches, directors and all the other volunteers) need to focus on hitting the ground running when the season kicks off. Donkey spirit from the off and who knows, we might still be in the FA Cup come September.

Keep it Green

Allez les Verts!!

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